What it is …

Spotlight-AQ is a web-based platform containing pre-clinic assessments and mapped care pathway resources for T1D, T2D, pre-diabetes, children with diabetes, parents of children with diabetes.  It can be used anywhere on any device that can access the internet.  


Spotlight-AQ was designed to be used up to two weeks before the routine outpatient consultation to aid pre-clinic planning. Our real-world testing and trials have shown clinics tailor its use to fit their needs. For example, one clinic use it purely as a waiting room assessment where patients would complete it just before they went in to see their healthcare professional. Other clinics asked their patients to complete it before each visit and compared the data at their yearly reviews. The beauty of it is that it is designed to be flexible to best fit the way you want to deliver care to your patients.


Spotlight-AQ was built for healthcare professionals working in diabetes to enable them to provide excellent care for improved patient outcomes. Our mission is to support healthcare professionals and improve care, at the point of care. Mobile apps and other AI driven auto-doctors can never replace the work that consultants and healthcare professionals do in routine care. Spotlight-AQ supports the vital work done in routine care, improving clinical workflows through design to ensure we support each key stage in the delivery of care to make life easier for HCPs.


Spotlight-AQ is simple by design. All of our features are built around the primary purpose of the tool and to make the workflow of the user easier to manage. We believe it to be highly functional in a clinical setting. 

Here are a few key features:

Tailored Educational Resources & Care Plans

Healthcare professionals have access to a library of over 700 resources. Each of these link to patient-identified priority concerns in Spotlight-AQ's pre-clinic assessments. Healthcare Professionals can share the relevant resources to their patients via their care plan. These resources are all available online and can be printed. We aim to equip HCPs for every outcome, including psychological burden and psychosocial aspects of diabetes management; and provide them with supporting materials so they are never left without support themselves.


In-Clinic Use

This feature also works as the in-clinic assessment, completed on the clinic tablet which is provided by Spotlight-AQ. Patients can complete their assessment on the tablet in the waiting room. We are currently working on updates to improve the ease of access for patients with learning, hearing and sight difficulties. Perfect for patients who haven’t completed their assessments before arriving or forgot their passwords.


Pre-Clinic Planning

Our tools are designed to assist and streamline clinical workflows. During our research we found that a lack of technology was a primary factor in poor pre-clinic planning outcomes. The benefits of pre-clinic planning can be unlocked with Spotlight-AQ. It will facilitate meaningful planning and provide HCPs with deeper insights to prepare for and meet their patients' priorities. 


Research and Psychosocial Insights

The anonymised data produced by our tool is analysed to help us deliver informed and evidenced-based psychosocial insights into your patients', clinic and wider regional trends provided by world leading psycho-social researchers.

Anonymised Data & Mass Import

We recognised that data integration with the electronic medical health records is important. We are constantly improving Spotlight-AQ to work simply with an email address and a name or clinic ID to identify patients. Large data input is not necessary, we can import clinic lists of thousands of patients seamlessly.






One-Time Users

Although we do not collect personally identifying information we are still conscious that some patients will wish to be completely anonymous. Our one-time user feature enables the pre-clinic assessment can be sent directly to a phone, email address or even printed on the patient's clinic letter.

What will you get from it …

  • Standardised consultations and care delivery that enable every patient the same opportunity for their voice to be heard, irrespective of socio-economic status, education level or ethnic group

  • Focused discussions providing patient-centred collaborative care 

  • Reduced burden of having to producing the ‘magic’ answer for each individual patient; instead patient priority concerns are mapped to high-level care pathway choices and appropriate resources to address them

  • Streamlined workflows within the constraints of routine care and appointment scheduling

  • Less stressful, more constructive and positive appointments



What difference will that make to your practice…

  • Delivery of collaborative, joint goal-setting consultations as advocated by NICE

  • Improved engagement by patients

  • Improved physical and mental health outcomes for your patients

  • Reduced burden and stress for yourselves




What other doctors have said about it…

  • “A user friendly, pragmatic tool that helps with patient engagement and sets the scene for the consultation”

  • “Convenient way to track people with diabetes current concerns about their care, disease management, and priorities, while facilitating the crucial conversation between doctor and patient about what to aim for”

  • “... help me focus my consultation around the problems that are most important to the patient”

  • “I have found it to be very useful in identifying mutual goals right from the onset, increasing both physician and patient satisfaction”

  • “The main benefit ... being able to see what my patients would like to discuss and areas spotlight has highlighted as higher priority ... based on patient’s survey response.”

  • “Simple to use and implement”

  • “... good for pre-visit planning ...... so the provider can review what the patient’s priorities are before seeing the patient”

  • “No added burden on time”



What is the evidence base?

  • Ryan Charles Kelly, Peter Phiri, Hermione Price, Amar Ali, Irene Stratton, Kayleigh Austin, Alice Neave and Katharine Barnard-Kelly.  Evaluation of a Pre-clinic Diabetes Assessment and Mapped Care Planning Intervention: a Multi-Centre Randomised Controlled Trial.  BMC Trials In press Oct 2021

  • Katharine Barnard-Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Daniel Chernavvsky, Rayhan Lal, Lauren Cohen and Amar Ali.  Feasibility of Spotlight Consultations Tool in Routine Care: Real-World Evidence. JDST 1-6 2021 https://doi.org/10.1177/1932296821994088

  • K Barnard-Kelly, DC Hernavvsky, R Lal, N Kanumilli, L Cohen, K Hood, R Kelly, Spotlight Consultations: Illuminating Patient Priorities – T2 Diabetes.  Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics v23(A183-183), 2021/6/1

  • A Ali, D Chernavvsky, R Kelly, K Hood, R Lal, K Barnard-Kelly. Spotlight Consultations: Illuminating Discrepancies in A1c Subjective Recall and Objective Measurement.  Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics v23(A183-183), 2021/6/1

  • K Barnard-Kelly, DC Hernavvsky, N Kanumilli, R Lal, K Hood, L Cohen, R Kelly. Spotlight Consultations: Illuminating Patient Priorities – T1 Diabetes.  Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics v23(A61-62), 2021/6/1

  • Barnard-Kelly K.  Utilizing eHealth and Telemedicine Technologies to Enhance Access and Quality of Consultations: It’s Not What You Say, It’s the Way You Say It.  Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics published online 23 May 2019

  • Stoilkova-Hartmann A, Franssen FME, Augustin IML, Wouters EFM and Barnard KD.  COPD patient education and support – achieving patient-centredness.  Patient Education and Counselling 101(11):2031-2036, November 2018

  • Katharine D Barnard, Cathy E Lloyd, Pamela A Dyson, Melanie J Davies, Simon O’Neil, Naresh Kanumilli, Julia Lawton, Ralph Zeigler and Richard I G Holt.  Kaleidoscope Model of Diabetes Care:  Time for a Rethink?  Diabetic Medicine 31(5) February 2014. DOI: 10.1111/dme.12400

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