National industry award recognition for team


The Leicester Changing Diabetes programme was highly commended at the inaugural Industry Awards at this year’s Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2018) conference.

The initiative, part of the global initiative Cities Changing Diabetes, was recognised in the Prevention Product of the Year category. 

The awards, which were launched to celebrate excellence among industry working within the diabetes community, were held in association with The Diabetes Times, the leading dedicated news source for diabetes healthcare professionals.

The ceremony took place after day one of the conference at Olympia London on the evening of Wednesday, November 14, which was World Diabetes Day.

Dr Deirdre Harrington, PhD, the academic lead for Leicester Changing Diabetes and Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester, said: “We’re hugely honoured to have our work highly commended and to receive a certificate for our efforts. As a team we are working with stakeholders all across Leicester City in an innovative way to raise the profile of type 2 diabetes prevention and how city residents can become more active and eat better.”

Leicester Changing Diabetes is a partnership programme with Novo Nordisk and the Leicester Diabetes Centre based at Leicester General Hospital. It is part of the global initiative Cities Changing Diabetes, launched in response to the dramatic rise of diabetes within urban areas.   

 Maggie Meer, who founded DPC, said: “Congratulations to the Leicester Changing Diabetes programme for being highly commended. The recognition is testament to their hard work, dedication, innovation and, more importantly, the life-changing difference they are making to people with diabetes.

“We launched the awards to recognise the crucial role played by industry in developing and providing products, services and research that enable people with diabetes to have better outcomes.”

Launched in 2015, DPC has fast become the UK’s leading conference for healthcare professionals working in the field. This year it attracted more than 4,000 delegates.

Oliver Jelley, editor of The Diabetes Times, said: “These awards are about celebrating the achievements, standards of excellence and commitment to quality and positive outcomes of the companies working in diabetes care. We were proud to be part of this positive initiative and congratulate Leicester Changing Diabetes for going above and beyond to improve diabetes care.”

Entries into the 14 categories were judged independently by leading professionals from the diabetes community, including chair of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology Dr Dinesh Nagi, Abigail Kitt, who isQuality Improvement Lead (Diabetes), NHS England – South East Clinical Networks, and Sarah Bone, Chief Executive of Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF).

 DPC is a free-to-attend, CPD-accredited event for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes and its related conditions. 


Fiona Bailey