The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Children’s Hospital and DigiBete Shortlisted for the 2021 HSJ Awards

27 August 2021

Leeds Children’s Hospital’s Diabetes Team and DigiBete Community Interest Company (CIC) are delighted to announce that the DigiBete App has been shortlisted for the Digitising Patient Services Initiative Award at the HSJ Awards 2021, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist. The volume and standards of applications has been a true testament to those health and social care staff, who continue to push outstanding work and transformational projects across the sector.

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Sir Bruce Keogh (Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).

Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Leeds Children’s Hospital and DigiBete were shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 18th). Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the new DigiBete App was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the app has had on both patient and staff experiences.

The App along with DigiBete.org was co-designed by patients, parents, Leeds Children’s Hospital Diabetes Team and Digibete CIC. It was launched in 2019/2020 and has enabled free digital access to clinically approved education and training resources to support young patients with T1 diabetes, their families and communities.

The App was made available nationally in 2020, in response to COVID-19, funded by NHS England. All children and young people attending a diabetes service in England and Wales now have access to this app as well as DigiBete.org which complements their local care at a time when many appointments have been remote. NHS England funding has been extended for a further 2 years.

Real-world evaluation and user data has found this to be an excellent responsive resource, benefiting patients and staff, saving significant financial and time costs.

Dr Fiona Campbell, Leeds Children’s Hospital Clinical Lead for DigiBete comments:

“We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts between the clinical team and DigiBete staff who represent the children’s diabetes community. We are very proud of this innovative resource and of this achievement. To have accomplished this during a pandemic makes this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved and the nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital and DigiBete”.

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments:

“On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Leeds Children’s Hospital Diabetes Team and DigiBete CIC on being nominated in the category of Digitising Patient Services Initiative, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on: https://awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2021.


The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on November 18th 2021