We are very proud to announce that JDRF T1 Youth Ambassador Zoe Scott has been presented with the People’s Award at the 2012 Quality in Care Diabetes Awards. The award recognised her work in setting up Hedgie Pricks Diabetes, an organisation raising awareness of and helping to tackle the psycho-social challenges faced by young people with diabetes.
The Quality in Care Diabetes Programme is supported by Diabetes UK, NHS Diabetes and Sanofi, and recognises good healthcare practice in diabetes in the UK. It comprises both an awards event and subsequent opportunities for finalists to explain why their efforts were successful to a wider healthcare audience. This sharing of best practice aims to ensure that successful initiatives are more widely adopted across the UK.
On the night JDRF was highly commended for its “Talking T1” Schools Programme. The programme is supported by Lilly, and was recognised as a project facilitating new or improved diabetes services through an industry/charity partnership.
Other awards included the best early detection and prevention initiative, presented to Ipswich NHS Trust for its Ipswich Touch Test to screen for neuropathy at home, and the outstanding educator in Diabetes award was given to Heather Daly, a nurse consultant at University Hospitals Leicester.
Simon Mitchell, Community Relationship Manager at JDRF said:
'I am very proud that JDRF has been recognised for its Schools Programme alongside such fantastic diabetes healthcare initiatives across the UK. And well done Zoe Scott for being acknowledged for her efforts to highlight the psychological and social effects of diabetes on young people. This is a cause that is important to many of our T1 Youth Ambassadors and her work will be an inspiration for all.'