• 17Jun

    Diabetes prevention education programme rolled out

    Thousands of people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes in ten areas will start to benefit from the first ever national NHS diabetes prevention programme in the next few weeks.

    The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme launched in April and up to 100,000 people a year will benefit from it by 2020 and after.

    The first 10 sites, expected to start taking referrals in the next two to four weeks, will be:

    • Leeds (Ingeus UK Limited)
    • Cumbria (Reed Momenta)
    • Lincolnshire (led by North East Lincs) (ICS Health and Wellbeing)
    • Birmingham (Living Well taking Control (LWTC))
    • East Midlands (SCN led collaboration) (Ingeus UK Limited)
    • Herefordshire (Reed Momenta)
    • Berkshire (Reed Momenta)
    • South London (Southwark led) (Reed Momenta)
    • East London (Newham led) (Reed Momenta)
    • Durham (Living Well taking Control (LWTC))

    Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will initially roll out to 27 areas this year in 2016 covering 26 million people, around half of the population, and making up to 40,000 referrals in 2016.

    Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

    Implementation will be staggered with the first ten as above and this will roll-out to the whole country by 2020 with an expected 100,000 places on programmes available each year after.

    There are currently 2.6 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year.