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Diabetes support programme to be launched by PHE


26 August 2015

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A nine-month long support programme to aid with weight loss, physical activity and diet will be launched next year as part of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP).

NHS DPP will offer people who are at high risk of developing diabetes at least nine months of information, support, group and one to one sessions on weight loss, physical activity and diet, to be rolled out in England in 2016, after consultation.

A nine-month long support programme to aid with weight loss, physical activity and diet will be launched next year as part of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP).

NHS DPP will offer people who are at high risk of developing diabetes at least nine months of information, support, group and one to one sessions on weight loss, physical activity and diet, to be rolled out in England in 2016, after consultation.

PHE have recently called for expressions of interest from CCG and Local Authority partnerships to become first wave implementers of the national programme, which will involve partnering with their contracted providers of the new service, to deliver behavioural interventions to prevent Type 2 diabetes in the locality. Their providers have not yet been contracted and the invitation to tender has not yet been sent out.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: “We know how to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes: lose weight, exercise and eat healthily, but it’s hard to do it alone. PHE’s evidence review shows that supporting people along the way will help them protect their health and that’s what our prevention programme will do.”

This decision comes after PHE research released today revealed that five million people in England are now at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and that people on diabetes prevention programmes lose on average 1.57kg more weight than those who are not.

PHE is particularly interested in expressions of interest covering geographies greater than individual CCGs, and want to encourage collaborative expressions of interest between CCGs and Local Authorities. The deadline for this is 18 September and the form can be found here.

Type 2 diabetes currently results in 22,000 early deaths and costs the NHS £8.8 billion every year. PHE evidence highlights success of supportive behaviour change programmes in reducing Type 2 diabetes in at risk groups by 26% on average.

The programme is in line with the Five Year Forward View and Public Health England’s Evidence into Action which set out a joint ambition, “to be the first country to implement at scale a national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme”.

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