The NHS Diabetes Prevention Program (NHS DPP) has now been launched throughout Central Norfolk (Norwich, North & South Norfolk CCG areas) alongside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and University of East Anglia (UEA). The programme is a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK and is aimed at reducing the number of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by identifying them as being at high risk of developing the disease and referring them to the new Healthier You: NHS DPP
People can be referred to the programme by their GP, nurse or other health professional. People enrolled onto the new programme will be offered a supportive programme of behavioural intervention, designed to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes through weight loss, improved diet and increased levels of exercise.
Type 2 diabetes is a growing public health problem 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 22,000 early deaths per year.
Type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight, and these are the areas which the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme supports people with.
There are currently 5 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.
To be eligible for this service people must be over the age of 18, (not pregnant) and have an HbA1c level, measured within the last 12 months, of between 42-47 mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%). The HbA1C test measures glycated haemoglobin and allows clinicians to get an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months.
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.
Dr Tony Palframan, GP and GP Educator at Healthgate Medical Practice and leading a review on Diabetes in South Norfolk said: “We’re proud to be rolling out the first wave of this important public health programme in Central Norfolk. We look forward to working with ICS Health and Wellbeing to offer a tailored behavioural change programme to benefit the local population.”
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/