The Harlequins Foundation have been nominated for not one, but 2 awards!

Here at The Harlequins Foundation, we are thrilled to have been nominated for 2 awards over the past few weeks.  It is fantastic having the vital work that our team are doing out in The Harlequins heartlands recognised.

Both awards are for the work our team have done on the Diabetes Decathlon in partnership with the NHS SWL.

The HSJ Award 

Why are we so excited to be nominated for this award?  Here is a snippet from their website.

“The HSJ Awards continue to be the most esteemed accolade of healthcare service excellence in the UK. The Awards do not only adhere values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes, and innovating drivers of better service, but most importantly provide a well-deserved thanks to the sector”

The London Sport Award

Another incredible award to have been nominated for – here’s why we are over the moon to be in the running for this one..

“The London Sport Awards returns for it’s sixth edition to, once again, recognise and celebrate the efforts of volunteers, physical activity projects and sports organisations who have helped so many people in the capital over the last 18 months, not just with their physical health but their mental and social wellbeing too.”

What was the programme?

The stark reality facing the NHS and the population as a whole does not read well in relation to diabetes. With 3.4 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England, the costs to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget that is spent on diabetes care. There are around 200,000 new diagnoses every year of Type 2 Diabetes although Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle change.

We wanted to create a programme that offered the opportunity for the ‘Decathletes’ to learn new skills, promote better lifestyles, be more active and to create a community of change – so that is what we did..

A ten-week structured education prevention programme aimed at those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Decathletes attend weekly and within their teams collaborate to discover how to best reduce the risks through theory sessions,  games, discussion and a weekly 45-minute physical activity session including variety of sports.

The success of this project was huge – here are a couple of the outcome highlights

  • A completion rate of 87% of the programme, this is well above average, especially with such a high number of participants over a ten-week period
  • Participants baselines steps achievement increased by 40% over the course of the programme
  • Average net promoter score for programme: 9.4/10
  • Sports value bank used in evaluation showed the programme had potential for every £1 spent on the programme, £7 would be gained back in society

Chris Gumble, Long term Conditions Project Manager, NHS SWL said:

“The HSJ Value award nomination is testament to the amazing programme we have created. The Prevention Decathlon is many things, fun, educational, active and innovative but it would be nothing without those who helped build the programme. Special credit goes to Hollie and The Harlequins Foundation for supporting us at SWL to develop an inclusive health and wellbeing programme that Is getting the attention across the county it deserves!”  

For more information on the project and its outcomes, contact us today

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