Winners of Ascensia’s Type 2 Diabetes Remission competition announced

By Editor
23rd July 2019
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Three primary care organisations to adopt the Low Carb Program after winning Ascensia’s Type 2 Diabetes Remission Accelerator competition. 

The Frome Medical Practice in Somerset, the Park Medical Centre in London and Freshwell Health Centre in Braintree, Essex were the successful candidates and will now be able to provide the award-winning diabetes behaviour change platform to their patients.

We were all so very impressed by the thought which had gone into the three winning applications.  They showed us clearly what impact the Program would have on improving both their clinical practice and their patients’ lives, so we are delighted to award them the licences

The competition, launched by Ascensia Diabetes Care during Diabetes Week, was aimed at NHS organisations such as NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS medical practices across the UK.

The award entries were judged by a panel including Dr David Unwin, the RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes, and RCGP Clinical Expert in diabetes and Philip Newland-Jones, Consultant Pharmacist Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Dr Unwin said: “We were all so very impressed by the thought which had gone into the three winning applications.  They showed us clearly what impact the Program would have on improving both their clinical practice and their patients’ lives, so we are delighted to award them the licences.

“The winning entries explained how they would effectively engage stakeholders and they all had a clear plan for getting started straightaway with patient recruitment. We could see they are keen to get going immediately.”

Ros Barker, Ascensia Diabetes Care Country Head UK and Ireland said: “Ascensia congratulates all the winners for their strong applications to the competition. We are excited to be working with them on this accelerator to offer the programme to their patients with type 2 diabetes for free.

“We look forward to seeing the difference it can make to the care they provide for people with type 2 diabetes and sharing their experiences as early adopters of the programme.  The Low Carb Program can revolutionise our approach to supporting people with type 2 diabetes, giving them the possibility of putting their condition into remission.  We’d also like to thank everyone else who entered the competition and hope they will get the opportunity to use the Low Carb Program themselves with their patients with type 2 diabetes.”

The Low Carb Program was developed by Diabetes Digital Media (DDM) in collaboration with Dr David Unwin and 20,000 patients with type 2 diabetes.

It has peer-reviewed outcomes which have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JIMR) Diabetes. Outcomes at year one include an average weight loss of 7.4kg; 39% of members completing the programme reduce their HbA1c below the type 2 diabetes threshold and one in four place their type 2 diabetes into remission, saving the NHS on average £835 per person, per year, in reduced medication costs.

The Low Carb Program is QISMET approved for NHS commissioning and included in the NHS App Library. It is also certified as a MHRA Grade 1 Medical Device and has a CE Mark in compliance with EU regulations.

The Low Carb Program facilitates sustainable weight loss and blood glucose control through structured education, resources and most importantly, personalised behaviour change support for people living with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and obesity.

In just under three months, most people with type 2 diabetes who complete the programme improve their blood glucose control whilst reducing or eliminating prescription medication and losing weight.  After one year, data show that 26% of people with type 2 diabetes are in remission.

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