Diabetes National SBRI – Inpatients Diabetes

Background Summary 

Nationally, it has been recognised that the care for diabetes patients in hospital is currently sub-optimal, with the correct management of hypoglycaemia only happening correctly in 40-50% of cases – against a situation where insulin treatment is consistently in the top 3 risk medications for error and harm. Consequently these patients also have an increased risk of infection and longer average lengths of stay (1-3 days).

To address this inpatient care challenge, NHS Lothian on behalf of Health Innovation South East Scotland will run one of three national Diabetes challenges that have been allocated funds of £100,000 each. The other two challenges being run by NHS Highland on Diabetic Foot Ulcers and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde on the risk of developing osteoporosis and fracture for people with diabetes.

Challenge Objectives 

To develop a real-time decision support tool and alert mechanism that can improve triage, prevent medication errors, identify emergencies, and streamline the diabetes care pathway.

Clinical Lead for the Challenge

The Inpatient Diabetes Challenge is led by Endocrinologist Dr Stuart Ritchie who is based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Delivery Partners 

Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES), NHS Lothian, and The University of Edinburgh, The DataLoch.

Challenge solvers

MyWay Digital Health


Outputs expected

  • To improve the clinical care of patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes when admitted to hospital.
  • Improve clinical outcomes for diabetic patients.

Strategic Priority Area 

  • To enhance the opportunities for healthy living and well-being.
  • To deliver preventative and proactive care.

SBRI Key Dates 

  • Competition opens: 10 August 2020
  • Applicant briefing event: 17 August 2020
  • Competition closes: 30 September 2020
  • Phase 1 start date: 1 April 2021

Funding Partner

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Chief Scientists Office (CSO) in Scottish Government and hosted by Health Innovation South East Scotland.

To view the recording of the live briefing event and further information