CCGs aim to stage Type 2 diabetes prevention pilot
Scheme will help GPs refer at-risk patients to intervention programmes
NHS Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Groups are planning to take part in a key pilot scheme that will help prevent more people from developing Type 2 diabetes in Buckinghamshire.
A recent Public Health England study estimates some 49,541 people – 11% of the county’s population – to have high blood sugar levels that can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
More than 750,000 people are thought to be at risk in the South East and around 5 million in England overall. The condition results in 22,000 deaths and costs the NHS £8bn every year.
Preventing people from developing diabetes, and helping those affected to effectively manage their condition, is a priority for both CCGs this year.
A new NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP), which commissioned the recent study, launches next year with the aim of supporting people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to lose weight, be more active and enjoy a healthier diet.
Dr Kathy Hoffman, clinical lead for diabetes at Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG, said: “Diabetes has been identified as a priority area by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board and a CCG-led Diabetes Transformation Programme has been established, which includes prevention and early diagnosis of diabetes as one of the three priority areas on which it plans to focus in the first year.
“While work is already being done by some general practices to identify individuals at risk of diabetes, following the launch of the national Diabetes Prevention Programme, a team in Bucks, drawn from CCGs and Public Health, is putting forward a bid to become a key pilot site for the scheme.
“We would like to support GP practices in identifying individuals at risk of diabetes and increasing the number of people referred to ‘lifestyle intervention programmes’, which can help them delay or even prevent the onset of the condition.
“The evidence of these programmes’ success is compelling, with, on average, 26% fewer people progressing to Type 2 diabetes if they complete a diabetes prevention programme.”
Aside from reducing cases of Type 2 diabetes, the NHS DPP also aims to reduce the life-changing complications associated with the disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness and amputa-tions, and in doing so significantly reduce the long-term financial costs to the NHS.
A young patient with diabetes checks his blood glucose level in preparation of an insulin injection.
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