Prevention programme makes ‘good progress’
Three months after the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme was launched, the initiative continues to make “good progress”, Public Health England said.
Since the national framework providers were awarded the contracts, there are programmes mobilising across nearly 50 per cent of England.
The initial 10 sites from the first wave of the programme are now ready to start referring their first people to the programme.
In addition, the next 17 sites have now selected their providers, and leads will be communicating with their local areas in due course.
Mobilisation of these sites are now being put in place so the first referrals can start in September.
The Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull first wave site has built on the successful Birmingham South Central CCG Demonstrator work with Health Exchange – Living Well Taking Control.
Between October 2015 and June 2016 the demonstrator work across the Birmingham South Central area resulted in 1,817 referrals, with 1,000 patients actively participating in the lifestyle intervention programme.
Feedback from some of the patients have been positive. supportive and grateful for the intervention:
One person said: “I have learnt so much from the programme i.e. making healthier choices, looking at labelling, better ways of cooking to cut out fats and sugars, more exercise. Loved the group experience and our facilitator was very informative, knowledgeable and friendly.”
Another said: “I was so impressed. This programme was very interesting, informative and enjoyable. So helpful! It gave me the incentive to lose a little weight and cut down on sugar and salt.”
Following the success of the demonstrator service, the first wave site in the Birmingham South Central area launched on June 13 and the first referrals through this have now been made.
The service is accessed through the NHS Health Check and opportunistic case finding in primary care practices.
The site is currently working with the national team to develop a direct recruitment approach which will boost referral numbers.
In Birmingham and Sandwell the South Asian Population between 25-40 years old are being targetted and in Solihull patients aged between 25-40 years with a BMI over 30 kg/m are being sought out.