People at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in Lancashire are being offered tailored support to avoid the potentially life-threatening condition.
From July 2017, those who have been identified by their GP practice as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be able to access the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).
Reed Momenta is the provider who will deliver the programme, which is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
Lancashire is one of 13 areas nationally that is continuing to roll out the programme following the initial roll out in 27 parts of England in 2016.
A coordinated and consistent roll out across the county is being led by Fylde and Wyre CCG’s commissioning manager Pete Smith.
The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is significantly reduced if people make positive changes to their diet, weight and the amount of physical activity they do.
The Healthier You service will support patients in taking action in all of these areas. Taking this kind of action at the earliest opportunity can reduce people’s risk of, or even stop the development of, Type 2 Diabetes.
The Healthier You programme is designed to empower people with a high risk of developing diabetes to take charge of their health and wellbeing.
After completing an initial assessment, participants will meet in groups with a trained health and wellbeing coach for 10 weeks, followed by four monthly group maintenance sessions. Participants will also receive one to one progress review sessions with a coach.
Throughout the programme, people will learn how to incorporate healthier eating, physical activity, problem solving and coping skills into their daily lives.
Who will be eligible?
✓ Aged 18 years and over
✓ Registered with a GP practice in Lancashire
✓ HbA1c between 42–47 mmol/mol (6.0–6.4%) or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 5.5–6.9 mmols/I within the last 12 months
✓ Not pregnant
There will be a great number of people who could benefit from the NDPP, but they cannot be referred all at once. Therefore, during this year, the focus will be on patients with an eligible HbA1c blood reading, i.e. ≥42 and ≤47. In order to help manage the flow of referrals, a ‘clustering’ approach will be taken at each practice in Lancashire, which will be led by Reed Momenta.
The NDPP has the potential to be a truly game-changing programme, reducing pressure on the system and helping people regain better health, by reducing obesity and delaying or stopping a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, a progressive and ultimately severe condition.
If you have any questions about the programme please contact Dr Rahul Thakur a local GP and clinical lead at both CCGs.