DRU Cymru research theme lead wins QiC Diabetes Awards

01 Nov 2019

Dr Sam Rice, lead for Self-management of Diabetes research theme won 2 awards at the QiC Diabetes awards held on 17 October at the Sanofi UK & Ireland headquarters in Reading. Now in its ninth year, the QiC Diabetes award recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.


Dr. Sam Rice receiving the NHS Wales Outstanding Contribution Award for Services in Diabetes from Dr. Julia Platts, National Clinical Lead for Diabetes in Wales


Dr Sam Rice won the NHS Wales Outstanding Contribution Award for Services in Diabetes. Sam is consultant physician and endocrinologistat at Hywel Dda University Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer Swansea Clinical School. He has been a consultant for six years and a National Institute of Clinical and Health Care Research Clinical Fellow from 2012 to 2015. During this time he has developed a research and innovations portfolio focused predominantly on patient support and education. As part of the clinical champion position he will look to develop this work further and propagate successful programmes. Projects are underway to evaluate the effectiveness of text-messaging patient support, the impact of prescribed film content on self-management skills, and the ability of expert patients to deliver courses for those newly diagnosed.

Dr Sam Rice also won the QiC award for the Diabetes Education Programmes - Healthcare Professionals category. The winning entry ‘Digital Safety Training Improving Ward Staff Insulin Competency and Confidence’ was submitted in collaboration with Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme, Chris Cottrell and PocketMedic. According to National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) (2017) data, 18% of all hospital inpatients have diabetes. Most of these are admitted to hospital for non-diabetes-related reasons and are cared for by non-diabetes specialist teams. Suboptimal hospital management of diabetes can lead to increased length of stay and increased morbidity and mortality rates. Delivering measurable and standardised insulin safety training is challenging, as shifts are busy, often understaffed and rely on agency or bank nurses. Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme collaborated with Dr Rice, Chris Cottrell and PocketMedic to create a ‘bite-sized’ educational film and competency-based e-learning topic to support ward staff.


Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK,  presenting the Diabetes Education Programmes - Healthcare Professionals category award to Kimberley Littlemore (PocketMedic), Katy Davenport (Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme) and Dr Sam Rice.


QiC Diabetes is partnered with Sanofi and supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians (ACDC), Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network (CYPDN), the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group, Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum (DSN) UK, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), Diabetes UK, JDRF the type 1 diabetes charity, Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), Training Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes (TREND-UK), Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists’ Forum (YDEF) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA). Gaining QiC recognition means an initiative has been highlighted by the NHS, patients and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.