£40m pledged to support people with diabetes

By Editor
23rd September 2016
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A total of £40m has been pledged to support a wider programme of investment in helping treat and care for people who already have diabetes.

The plans were unveiled in the 2017-2019 NHS Operational Planning and Contracting document.

Commissioning Care Groups will be given the opportunity to bid for funding to spend in four different key areas such as improving hospital care, structured education attendance, footcare treatment in a bid to reduce amputations and meet recommended NICE treatment targets.

It has also been announced that the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is to be expanded and there is separate funding for the initiative, aside from the extra £40m per year.

On page 17 of the guidance, which was published on Thursday, September 22, it said: “Diabetes: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will be scaled up in 2017/18 and 2018/19 in two further phases of expansion, with appropriate national funding to support this.

“Additionally, we intend to launch a wider programme of investment in supporting the treatment and care of people who already have diabetes, for which CCGs will have the opportunity to bid for additional national funding of approximately £40m per year to promote access to evidence based interventions – improving uptake of structured education; improving access to specialist inpatient support and to a multi-disciplinary foot team for people with diabetic foot disease; and improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets whilst driving down variation between CCGs.”

Speaking to The Diabetes Times, Dr Partha Kar, who is associate national clinical director for diabetes for NHS England, said: “This is exciting and very promising news. The additional funding, which will focus on four key diabetes areas, is sure to be welcomed by staff looking to improve quality care and improve treatment pathways and hopefully diabetes leaders will take up the challenge and use the funding effectively.”

Newly released figures by Public Health England show that 3.8 million adults in England now have the condition – with almost a million (940,000) of those undiagnosed.

The proportion of the adult population with diabetes is expected to rise to one in 10 by 2035 (4.9 million people).

About 90 per cent of cases are type 2 diabetes – which is linked to being overweight and obese – and are therefore largely preventable, PHE said as it released the new data.

The programme is currently being rolled out across England. It aims to identify those most at risk of developing diabetes and offers a referral to a diet, weight loss and exercise programme.

Speaking earlier this month, John Newton, chief knowledge officer at PHE, said: “The number of people with diabetes has been steadily increasing and tackling it is fundamental to the sustainable future of the NHS.

“Diabetes can be an extremely serious disease for those that have it and treating it and its complications costs the NHS almost £10bn a year.

“Developing type 2 diabetes is not an inevitable part of ageing. We have an opportunity through public health to reverse this trend and safeguard the health of the nation and the future of the NHS.”

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