Healthier You: preventing type 2 diabetes

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.

A lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight are all risk factors for developing the disease. The programme is designed to stop or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes through a range of personalised, evidence-based lifestyle interventions and lasting behaviour change.

A new, digital version of the programme also offers similar support and guidance but through the use of digital interventions such as wearable technologies that monitor levels of exercise, apps which allow users to access health coaches and online peer support groups. This online method of recording activity and monitoring progress has shown to have a similar impact to face-to-face interventions – helping bring down high blood sugar levels and in turn prevent or delay onset of the disease.

Hear from experts at NHS England who are leading on the design, implementation and evaluation of this first-of-its-kind programme which healthcare professionals can refer patients on to.

Learning outcomes:

  • The eligibility criteria and how healthcare professionals can make a quality referral on to the programme
  • How the programme is structured and the underlying evidence
  • Outcomes so far and how we’re addressing inequalities

Tuesday 29 October 2019

10:10 - 10:50

Prevention & Obesity in Practice

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National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor of Practice (Diabetes), Imperial College London
GP, Clinical Assistant in the Diabetes Department at St James Teaching Hospital, NHS England and NHS Improvement