Pilot digital type 2 prevention programme fully rolled out
The digital stream of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) has now been fully rolled out across all eight pilot sites and the referral process has begun.
NHS England said early indications suggest that people have shown a keen interest in the digital behaviour change products that are on offer. But the aim is for up to 5,000 people to be recruited over a six month period, with access to the digital interventions for up to 12 months. Data referral numbers and uptakes on the pilot will be available in the next couple of months.
The aim of this pilot is to establish whether digital interventions are effective in supporting behaviour change in those with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (NDH) and overweight and or obese individuals who have not been diagnosed with NDH.
Expansion of the NHS DPP will be supported through a Diabetes Prevention Week campaign planned for April 2018. The idea is to raise awareness of the NHS DPP with the public, GPs and Practice Nurses – particularly in those areas that have just started referring or wish to boost referral numbers.
The week will take place from 16-22 April 2018 and a free Diabetes Prevention Week toolkit will be available for GP practices and other local organisations to order so that they can organise their own local diabetes prevention events.
An overview of the campaign, a short PowerPoint slide set and the campaign icons are available via the Campaign Resource Centre already and further resources to support the campaign will be added once they are available.
Elsewhere NHS England is now looking at exploring digital options for those with type 1 diabetes, primarily to empower them with the knowledge and confidence to manage their own condition.
Research carried out by NHS England has shown that people and clinicians who carry out their own online research and who know others with type 1 diabetes are more confident managing their condition. They also discovered there is a real need for emotional and psychological support, but time and local availability are barriers to attending diabetes education and that there is a large time burden managing the ‘admin’ of the condition.
Diabetes.co.uk, the world’s largest diabetes forum, has shown how effective digital intervention can be through its Low Carb Program. More than 270,000 have signed up and taken part in the initiative, which is reinventing structured education and redefining type 2 diabetes on an international stage. Results show it reduced HbA1c by 1.17 per cent, people on average lost 7.4kg, 37 per cent reduced their medication dependency and 50 per cent of participants reserved or put their type 2 diabetes into remission.