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DESMOND awards showcase ‘high standards’

(14th November 2014)

Celebrating DESMOND logo

Excellence in Type 2 diabetes structured education has been recognised in the annual DESMOND awards.

Bernie Stribling, director of the DESMOND Programme, said the five winning entries showed “star quality” and the awards in general demonstrated a “wealth of good practice”.

Almost 30 submissions were made to the inaugural Celebrating DESMOND Annual Awards Programme, which aimed to reward excellence and share learning across the DESMOND community.

An extra category, the Innovation Award, was added due to the calibre of the entries.

The winners have been revealed today to mark World Diabetes Day, which this year has a ‘healthy living’ message relating tothe prevention of Type 2 diabetes and the effective management of diabetes to avoid complications.


They include:

  • Team of the Year – Locala Community Partnerships
  • Educator of the Year – Ciara Heverin, Galway University Hospitals and Galway, Roscommon PCCC
  • Excellence Award – Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Innovation Award – Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
  • Patient of the Year – Clare nominated by Eleanor Gemmell, Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG

Bernie said: “The standard was high with a degree of excellence demonstrated by many of the entries. However, the winners showed ‘star quality’. We were so impressed with some of the submissions, we introduced a new category, the Innovation Award.
“It was clear from the all of the entries that DESMOND is making a difference to the lives of people with Type 2 diabetes, with teams going above and beyond in delivering the DESMOND Programme. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.”
For more information about the awards, visit