Exhibitor Focus: X-PERT Health

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We catch up with X-PERT Health, to find out how the DPC2018 exhibitor is empowering people with prediabetes and diabetes to manage their condition through the company’s structured education programme.

What does your company do?

We are a registered charity. Our mission is to ensure that anyone who is overweight or diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes has access to good quality and enjoyable structured education that will allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding and confidence to take charge of their condition and improve their health. The structured diabetes education programmes include: X-PERT Prevention  of Diabetes (we are working with ICS Health & Wellbeing to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Programme; X-PERT Diabetes for Type 2 diabetes; and X-PERT Insulin for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Why is your company working in diabetes care?

Dr Trudi Deakin, principle author of the X-PERT Programme portfolio, recognised that routine healthcare was not equipping people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their condition. She initiated a series of focus groups to find out what information people wanted about their condition and how this information was best delivered.

The outcome from this exploratory process was that clips of verbal information provided in a clinical setting, even when backed up with information leaflets, were not helping people to successfully manage their condition on a day-to-day basis. People want to understand their condition and they would like visual tools to do this. Group education sessions and educational visual aids were then developed and piloted. Evaluation of these sessions led to the development of the first X-PERT Programme, X-PERT Diabetes. Based on person-centred needs and wishes, the programme was developed to enable participants to attend one 2.5 hour session per week for six weeks [15 hours in total]. This prevented information overload, supported regular review and reinforcement, and enabled participants to obtain the confidence to identify and set goals to develop self-management skills.

How is your company improving diabetes care?

The X-PERT Diabetes Programme is the most clinically effective structured education programme. It is fully evaluated with a randomised controlled trial demonstrating highly statistical significant reductions in blood glucose, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, body weight and waist circumference, and an improvement in quality of life.

It has been proven to work in people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and those with existing diabetes, and has shown demonstrable improvements for white Caucasians, as well as non-English speaking British and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) groups. We now have over 100,000 patients on our audit database and a can demonstrate that the outcomes from the clinical trial are being replicated. Successful implementation has resulted in receiving several national and international awards, including one from The Secretary of State for Excellence in Healthcare Management. Our RCT and 2017 Audit Report can be downloaded from: https://www.xperthealth.org.uk/Research

What products/services/innovations have you got in the pipeline?

We have just launched the X-PERT Weight Programme  and we’re working with the Modality Partnership to pilot a modified Mediterranean diet in people with type 2 diabetes.

Version 13 of the X-PERT Diabetes Handbook will be available in July 2018.

X-PERT Heart will be the next programme to be launched – watch this space!

What are you hoping to achieve through your support of DPC2018 and presence at the show?

We will be attending DPC2018 to network with colleagues, educators and service managers, to provide continued assistance with successfully implementing the X-PERT Programmes. We also hope to engage with new contacts, raise awareness of what we do and help them deliver structured education to meet the needs of people for the prevention and management of diabetes and other long-term conditions.

How do you best like to spend your time when you’re not helping to improve the lives of people with diabetes?

There are 11 members of staff at X-PERT Health. Some part time and some full time. We are all people who enjoy life in and out of the workplace with a good sense of humour and many interests such as sport, travel, cookery, crafts and socialising!

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