First year type 2 prevention programme referrals revealed
More than 48,000 people were referred onto the diabetes prevention programme during its first year, according to figures.
The first Wave of implementation took place in 2016 and involved 27 areas covering 26 million people, half of the population.
By April 2017 over 48,000 people had been referred to the service with 18,000 have started the programme. ave 2 areas were brought on board from April 2017, covering a further 25 per cent of the population, with an estimated 130,000 referrals expected and up to 50,000 additional places made available.
Roll out ambition
The ambition is to roll out the service to all remaining areas of England, which are not currently included in the programme, during 2018.
The scheme, which is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, is the first of its kind to target those at risk of developing diabetes and is part of a wider package of measures to support people with diabetes and those at risk, to stay fit and well.
Those referred onto the programme get tailored, personalised help to reduce risk. This includes education on healthy eating and lifestyle choices, reducing weight through bespoke physical exercise programmes and portion control, which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Over a minimum of nine months people are offered at least 13 education and exercise sessions of one to two hours with at least 16 hours contact time in total. Previous studies have shown that people who complete a behavioural intervention programme decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26 per cent compared to those undergoing usual care over an 18 month follow-up period.
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