An inventive initiative that facilitates the delivery of consistent, top-tier, personalised diabetes care has been nominated for a prestigious accolade.

The project titled ‘Assisting Bradford and Craven in Overcoming Diabetes’ embodies the ‘Act as One’ approach for the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership. It has been chosen as a finalist for the Digitising Patient Care Award at this year’s HSJ Awards.

These awards commend endeavours that have harnessed technology and digital systems to enhance patient’s access to their healthcare, empowering staff to optimise capacity, enhance experiences, and improve the quality of care.

From a pool of over 1,400 submissions, the project earned its place among the final 223 shortlisted entries. The shortlisting process evaluated criteria such as ambition, outcomes, value, participation, collaboration, and most importantly, the potential for the project to be emulated in other regions.

The AssistBCD (Assisting Bradford and Craven in Overcoming Diabetes) scheme serves as an interactive clinical decision-making tool.

Locally crafted through interdisciplinary cooperation, it assists healthcare professionals in delivering evidence-based care to individuals at a heightened risk of or living with diabetes. This tool was designed to standardise diabetes care, diminishing inconsistencies, and fostering equality in service distribution across the district.

Integrated within AssistBCD are educational resources for patients, which can be conveniently shared via text and email. These materials aid in self-care after verbal education, recognising that improvements in patients’ access, experiences, and self-care proficiency depend significantly on patient education.

All general practitioner practices within the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership have adopted this clinical tool, with 3,149 patient records reviewed in July 2023.

Mel Pickup, chief executive at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and place-based lead for Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “This really is wonderful news – the fact we’ve been shortlisted for the Digitising Patient Care Award in the HSJ Awards is a huge ‘pat on the back’ for our amazingly hard-working and deserving team.

“Our staff always go above and beyond to improve patient outcomes and quality of service and care – and aligning with the HSJ Awards programme really allows us to share our success as well as everything we’ve learnt through implementing this tool.

“We hope we might even inspire other colleagues across the UK to pursue and put their ideas and innovations into practice too!”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, added: It’s always important to remember that the HSJ Awards is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS. We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector – as well as coming together to help mark the 75th birthday of our great NHS.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16 2023.