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a overweight person imageMay 30 2018

New guidance has been issued to help optimise the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to better identify those at risk of Type 2 diabetes. The ‘Health matters: preventing Type 2 diabetes’ guidance aims to help lower their risk of developing the disease.

The resource looks at the scale of the problem and the national burden of type 2 diabetes before looking at specific risk factors, including the obesogenic environment and associated lifestyle risk factors. It also covers the health impact of type 2 diabetes, and the cost to the NHS.

Promoting the ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’, Public Health England says that the goals are to:

  • reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes;
  • reduce the incidence of complications associated with type 2 diabetes – heart, stroke, kidney, eye and foot problems related to diabetes;
  • reduce health inequalities associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes, over the longer term.

“It is important to have a smooth referral pathway that works hand in hand with the NHS DPP providers,” said PHE. “To achieve this, the number of GP referrals must be realistic so that demand matches the providers’ supply capacity. This, in turn, can minimise waiting times and therefore minimise drop-off from the programmes.”

Among the steps that primary care professionals are encouraged to take include:

  • working closely with the diabetes clinical network and intervention providers;
  • making connections with NHS DPP providers to identify and promote wider community assets that can support people to achieve their goals;
  • considering the quality of referrals and whether individuals are sufficiently motivated to attend the Programme;
  • maintaining an up-to-date register of people with nondiabetic hyperglycaemia (NDH);
  • conducting annual follow-ups and recording results, as per NICE guidelines, for all individuals in the NDH category;
  • ensuring inclusion of a diabetes risk assessment in the NHS Health Check and providing follow-up blood tests for those identified as being at high risk.

Links:
PHE announcement      
PHE Guidance ‘Health matters: preventing Type 2 Diabetes’       

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