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a person on scales imageJuly 20 2018

A new framework emphasising weight management as part of the drive to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Scotland has been published.

The Scottish Government’s document, ‘A Healthier Future – Framework for the Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention of type’, provides national guidance on the implementation of an integrated weight management pathway for those ‘at risk’ or those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

It has been developed in part due to a recognition of concerns around the current limited referral route, predominately by GPs, to weight management services. The new framework expresses “a desire to incorporate other health and social care professionals so as to expand opportunities for discussing risk and highlighting the support available as well as facilitating self-referral.”

At a national level, a number of awareness campaigns with targeted core messages and resources will be developed on three themes: 

  • awareness of risks associated with the development of type 2 diabetes;
  • information for those ‘at high risk’;
  • advice on healthy lifestyle, behaviour change, weight loss and maintenance and physical activity.

At a local and individual level, the framework encourages opportunities for promoting risk assessment which need not take necessarily place in a GP surgery. “Other possibilities include community pharmacies, dental surgeries, NHS walk-in centres and opticians,” says the document.

“Assessments may also be offered in community venue for example workplaces, job centres, local authority leisure facilities, shops, libraries, faith centres, residential and respite care homes and day centres (for older adults and for adults with learning disabilities).”

Links:
Scottish Government announcement    
Scottish Government: ‘A Healthier Future – Framework for the Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention of type 2 diabetes’. July 2018

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