Record prevention programme referrals in May
A record number of 16,180 people were referred onto the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in May, according to NHS England.
In July’s NHS Diabetes Programme Bulletin, figures show a total of 214,745 have been referred since the programme was launched in 2016, and of that 16,180 referrals were made in May alone. That figure is the highest number of referrals received in a month since the programme began.
Further data has shown that 95,823 people have now attended an initial assessment, with 8,697 taking place in May. The number of initial assessments undertaken is 126 per cent of the original modelled estimates.
The first intervention session has been attended by 47,884 people since the programme commenced and NHS England said it is seeing about 47 per cent of people progressing from initial assessment to their first intervention session.
A spokesperson for NHS England said: “We have been working closely with our commissioning support units (CSU) to develop semi-automated detailed data and performance reports for local health economies (LHE).
“The first reports went out in April allowing named site leads to see the outcomes of the programme in their area. We are currently resolving some issues before sending out the next set to ensure they are accurate and up to date. We believe these data packs will be a key tool in supporting LHEs to deliver the programme.”
NHS England also announced that an additional ninth pilot site (Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton STP) has been added to the digital pilot for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This site was made live from the end of July and so far more than 2,000 individuals have registered with the intervention providers.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through its Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) team is currently commissioning a four-year evaluation of Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP). The NIHR funded evaluation is called DIPLOMA for Diabetes Prevention – Long term Multi-method Assessment, and it is being conducted by an experienced multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Manchester.
The evaluation programme is organised in seven different and interconnected work packages looking at quantitative as well as qualitative elements, including; Access and Inequalities, Implementation, Service delivery and Fidelity, Outcomes, Comparative effectiveness and Cost effectiveness.
The DIPLOMA team, supported by their PPI group, has recently released a video which describes the work they are doing. You can watch it here.