Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time.
It can cause personal suffering through its complications – it is a leading cause of sight loss, lower limb amputation and kidney failure, and can contribute to heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes and its complications cost the NHS over £10 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital now has diabetes.
There is strong evidence that the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those at high risk, through improved quality of diet, through increase in physical activity, and through successful weight loss.
The Healthier You programme provides guidance on eating healthily, managing weight and being more active. It is a sustained lifestyle change programme, delivered locally, in local settings.
NHS England has been working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme e-learning module. The course is free and CPD-accredited.
Local providers Ingeus has provided this breakdown of the courses held locally. Breakdown of sessions
There are also some other useful documents:
- Ingeus FAQs for healthcare professionals and patients
- Leaflet for patients from Ingeus
- Information about Ingeus as an organisation
- A copy of the referral pathway to Ingeus
Healthcare professionals can refer patients onto the programme by using the form on EMIS entitled: NDPP (Diabetes Prevention) Ingeus Referral Form v5
(Please ensure you have patient consent before making the referral as the patient information will be passed to Ingeus which is a non-NHS organisation. Any referrals made without prior consent will be rejected and discharged back to the GP to be referred again).
Helping you with patient referrals
If you would like help to improve your referral rates and to promote the programme in your practice Ingeus has a regional coordinator who is happy to come to your practice to discuss the programme and answer any other questions you have. The regional coordinator is Veronica Lyons who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are materials to help promote NDPP to patients on the Public Health England Campaign resource centre including leaflets, social media posts, animations for screens and posters. Many of you should already have these.
Diabetes UK also has other more specific information including learning tools, events, shared practice library waiting room information slides, HbA1c converter and a range of other materials. These can all be found here https://www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals