Almost 1,400 patients have been helped by the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) in Norfolk and Waveney since its local launch in August 2016.
The success of the programme is being highlighted to mark World Diabetes Day on the 14th November.
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, is currently provided in North Norfolk, South Norfolk and Norwich and is due to be rolled out in West Norfolk and Great Yarmouth & Waveney in July 2018. The programme is aimed at reducing the number of patients at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes from going on to develop the disease by referring them to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme for intervention.
One patient who has greatly benefited from the programme is Phil Roger, 53 from Norwich, who has recently completed his nine month journey. Losing an incredible four and a half stone and a total of ten inches off his waist, Phil has found the course ‘life changing’. During the course Phil found his self-confidence and self-belief begin to grow leading him to evaluate a number of areas in his life.
“It completely transformed my outlook on life, I have changed my job and I enjoy life a lot more.” he said.
Data suggests that on average more than 75%* of those in a group complete the core phase of the programme (defined as attending 4/6 of core sessions) with the average weight loss at the three month mark being more than 3% of their total body weight*.
Pre-diabetic patients can be referred onto the programme through their GP surgery. Those recruited onto the programme will be offered a supportive plan of behavioural intervention designed to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes through education, weight loss, improved diet and increased levels of exercise.
Type 2 Diabetes is a growing public health problem within England which puts additional pressure on the NHS’s already strained budget. Every year Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion, which equates to almost 9% of its budget and causes 20,000 early deaths per year.
Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight, play a significant role in many people with Type 2 Diabetes and these are the areas which the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme supports people with.
Dr Tony Palframan, GP at Heathgate Medical Practice, Poringland is leading a review on diabetes in South Norfolk. He said: “We’re so pleased that patients, such as Phil, are reaping the benefits of the programme, not only improving health but their overall outlook on life. The NDPP public health programme educates people about the importance of what we use to fuel our bodies and the impact our lifestyles can have on our health. Through tailored behavioural change the local population can really benefit.”
There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence exists which shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable,
A GP or practice nurse will refer patients on to the scheme if they are over the age of 18, not pregnant and meet the medical criteria required.
People aged between 40-74 are also eligible for an NHS Health Check every five years which checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling – but preventable – illnesses. These tests will also highlight those eligible to join the programme. These can be carried out at your local community pharmacy or ask at your GP surgery.
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/
Notes for editors:
*Data provided by ICS, provider of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Central Norfolk.
Phil’s case study is available for publication alongside the online case study available at https://youtu.be/KPhBe4tZEfM.