11/11/2021 | Press releases

Ground-breaking diabetes care

It’s World Diabetes Day on Sunday and healthcare teams across the world will be celebrating.

Here are two stories of excellence in patient care as at ESNEFT.

  • A ground-breaking initiative which saw an ESNEFT clinician bring together a group of diabetes experts to develop guidance to support patients with COVID-19 has received an award in recognition of its impact on care.
    The National Diabetes COVID-19 Response Group Collaborative, which was set up by Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology Prof Gerry Rayman, was presented with the judges’ special award in the Quality in Care Awards 2021.
    Prof Rayman established the group in March 2020 by bringing together 19 clinical leads, diabetologists, specialist nurses, pharmacists and psychologists from across the UK, who met in their own time to develop guidance documents for use around the country.


ESNEFT Diabetes team colleagues including Professor Gerry Rayman

ESNEFT Diabetes team colleagues including Professor Gerry Rayman


  • An innovative project which was introduced to make sure patients with diabetes could continue to receive high quality care during COVID-19 is being showcased nationally following its success at ESNEFT.
    Colleagues at Ipswich Hospital’s Diabetes Centre developed a postal haemoglobin (HbA1c) testing kit at the start of the first lockdown so that they could safely and accurately monitor their patients’ glycaemic control without them needing to come onto site.
    The project has proved such a success that it will continue after the pandemic to help reduce footfall at our hospitals while also improving convenience for patients.
    In addition, it was recently commended by judges in the Patient Care Pathway category of the Quality in Care (QiC) Awards 2021.

    Diabetes nurse specialists Jo Wadham and Jo Hall

    Diabetes nurse specialists Claire Wadham and Jo Hall.


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