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National Diabetes Prevention Programme in South Gloucestershire

NEWS (August 2018)

More than half of overweight patients who routinely attended sessions on the NHS Type 2 diabetes prevention programme achieved an average weight loss equivalent to nearly 15 double cheese burgers, new data has revealed.  You can read the full report here.

In 2015 we secured funding from Health Education South West to offer a one year diabetes prevention project to a sample of ‘at risk’ patients. The project ran throughout 2016, recruiting eligible patients, running  six week courses and follow up reunions to almost 100 patients.

The course content focused on education and behaviour change – understanding that what we do has a direct impact on our chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The groups also explored the physiology of diabetes, dietary approaches, physical activity, fat and carbohydrate awareness and the challenges of food labels.

For more information please read our report

South Gloucestershire Council was presented with an award by charity X-PERT Health after seeing impressive results for patients attending the pilot course. Please see this news release.

This pilot project has enabled us to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).  Patients at high risk of type 2 diabetes (those with raised HbA1c) can be offered a referral on to this programme of diabetes prevention education.

Rollout of the NDPP began in June 2017, and was completed in March 2018.  Every GP practice across BNSSG is now able to refer all eligible patients to a local programme of diabetes prevention education.  Since June 2017 we have seen almost 4,000 patients engage with the programme.

For those who find group sessions difficult, we are also currently trialling a Digital App designed to help people make lifestyle changes and promote weight loss (where necessary) to reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.  The app is provided by OurPath and is available to eligible patients in selected practices, with the trial due for completion in November 2018.

Regular NHS Diabetes Prevention bulletins may be found on the NHS England Diabetes web page.

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