The NHS Diabetes Programme is a joint initiative from NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. It shares many of the same objectives as DPC2020, such as improving outcomes for people living with diabetes, harnessing the power of pioneering digital technologies as a way to support them and promoting an integrated approach to tackling Type 2 diabetes prevention.
As outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS Diabetes Programme is committed to transforming diabetes care and delivering the tools and services needed to help more people to live better, longer.
Throughout DPC2020, the NHS Diabetes Programme will be hosting the NHS Park, giving DPC2020 visitors the unique opportunity to learn about how we’re making the commitments a reality with our partners across the health system, share best practice and hear the experts present the latest findings in an informal, interactive setting.
The NHS Diabetes Programme – who we are
"As outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS Diabetes Programme is committed to transforming diabetes care and delivering the tools and services needed to help more people to live better, longer. The NHS Park will give DPC visitors the unique opportunity to learn about how we’re making those commitments a reality with our partners across the health system, share best practice and hear the experts present the latest findings in an informal, interactive setting."
Matthew Fagg, NHS Diabetes Programme Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement
What happened in 2019
The interactive NHS Park will be a major feature on the show floor at DPC2019, bringing you a unique overview of each of the core elements of the NHS Diabetes Programme’s work improve outcomes for people living with diabetes and prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Divided into four interactive zones, the NHS Park is open to all healthcare professionals who attend the event.
Click on the links below to find out more about each Zone.
Type 2 Prevention Zone
Prevention is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan – because getting better at prevention is essential if the NHS is to be sustainable as a world leading health service. One of its key commitments is to double, to 200,000 people per year, the scale of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which supports those identified at high risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk.
Diabetes and its complications cost over £10 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes. Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have Type 2, which is closely linked to obesity, and there is strong evidence that, in many, it is preventable.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is already the largest undertaking of its kind in the world and over 100,000 people have already benefited since its introduction in 2016. In many areas demand has outstripped supply, and it has proven highly effective. Now, more capacity means more people can receive support and delay or hopefully prevent developing Type 2 diabetes.
Come and join us in the Type 2 Prevention Zone in the NHS Park to chat with the experts at NHS England and NHS Improvement who are leading on the design, implementation and evaluation of this first-of-its-kind programme which healthcare professionals can refer patients on to.
Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to make a quality referral on to the programme, how the programme is structured and the underlying evidence and outcomes so far and how we’re addressing inequalities.
Want to know more and can’t wait until DPC2019?
Each year, more and more people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputation and early death. Find out how the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can help those at high risk of Type 2 diabetes to make lifestyle changes and reduce their risk.
Recognising that face-to-face interventions do not always work for everyone, we continue to explore how digital options can provide more flexibility and improve access to diabetes services.
Digital technologies offer new opportunities to improve patient experience and deliver services in a more efficient way reducing the burden on clinicians and the public.
Come and join us in the Digital Zone in the NHS Park to chat with the experts at NHS England and NHS Improvement who have initiated this digital work stream to ensure that the NHS Diabetes Programme can harness these opportunities.
Find out more about how we are supporting improvements in diabetes outcomes by:
implementing digital behaviour change interventions aimed at preventing Type 2 diabetes in those already identified to be at high risk;
improving the provision of information and digital tools to support self-management and care of people living with Type 1 diabetes;
scaling digital flexible learning tools to support management and self-care for people living with diabetes.
Want to know more and can’t wait until DPC2020?
Check out our bank of case studies on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website. You’ll find some excellent examples of where digital innovations in diabetes are improving patient outcomes right now.
Treatment & Care Zone
The NHS Diabetes Programme has invested £20.7 million of transformation funding to increase access to structured education in 133 CCGs. We have also invested £28.7 million of transformation funding in establishing 71 new or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams and diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams.
For those who need secondary care support these teams deliver significant improvements to recovery and reduce lengths of stay in hospital.
The NHS Long Term Plan takes this further, so that we ensure all hospitals provide access to these services, reducing variation and delivering significant benefits for patients. It also plans to pilot low calorie diets to treat Type 2 diabetes and allow some people to stop taking anti-diabetic drugs and still achieve non-diabetic range glucose levels.
Come and join us in the Treatment & Care Zone in the NHS Park to chat with the experts at NHS England and NHS Improvement who are leading on this invaluable work to improve the treatment and care of people with diabetes.
Want to know more and can’t wait until DPC2020?
This short clip describes how the NHS England diabetes transformation funding is having a positive impact on patient care and improving outcomes in Leeds.