Date: 01 April 2016
Improving lives in Bromley by reducing the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
Bromley has teamed up with other South London boroughs to implement the first wave of a new Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Plan (DPP).
The DPP has been set up following a successful pilot held in Bromley, in which 130 patients attended the one-year lifestyle prevention plan. Called ‘Healthier You’, the programme will be rolled out nationally across the next four years and represents a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
Under the scheme, people found to be at high risk of diabetes by their GP or at their NHS Health Check will be offered the option of joining the DPP. This will involve attendance at a minimum of 13 sessions over a period of at least nine months. The programme supports people to get back towards a healthier weight and to become more active, as this will prevent the development of Diabetes.
The local pilot proved to be extremely popular with participants, including Karen from Chislehurst who said ‘The programme was a mixture of re-education and support about food and exercise… I feel so much better, 20 times better, I can’t begin to tell you. I’ve now got a new wardrobe as well as a new lease of life – but let me tell you when you get good support it really helps and not being pre-diabetic anymore is such a great feeling.’
Clinical Chair of NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group and Primary Care Lead for Diabetes, Dr Andrew Parson explains ‘This programme represents a really exciting opportunity for Bromley to be one of the first places in Europe to try to apply the outcomes found through the trials done in America; they got a 58% reduction in risk in patients at three years.
‘If we can do that, we’ll have a really big impact on our patients’ heath but also on how we can use our resources in Bromley in the future.’
Councillor Jeffreys, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board went on to say: ‘A little under 30,000 residents in Bromley are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A key priority for the Council and health partners is to direct our residents to the right support that will make a real difference to them living healthier lives. Prevention is fundamental to this work and I am proud Bromley will be in the first wave to benefit from the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. We continue to work closely with our health colleagues to help identify anyone at risk of diabetes and with our South London neighbours we will be part of the first London boroughs to help those residents take steps to prevent diabetes.’
Public Health England estimates that there are 29,872 residents in Bromley currently at risk of developing Diabetes (11.5% of the adult population).
This is slightly higher than the rate for England (11.4%). One in six inpatients in hospital have diabetes.
If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence exists which shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.
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Healthier You is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK that will identify those at high risk and refer them onto an evidence-based behaviour change programme to help reduce their risk.
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Bromley has teamed up with other South London boroughs to implement the first wave of a new Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Plan