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Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has announced that new parts of the country are now ready to offer a leading NHS prevention programme to patients at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Wave 2 of the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is part of a wider programme to support people with diabetes and those in danger of developing it to stay well and prevent further deterioration. It is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, and was officially launched in 2016 with 27 areas covering 26 million people. Figures show that the programme is making good progress already and has exceeded the original target set in the NHS Mandate of 10,000 referrals during 2017/18.
Wave 2 areas will cover another 25 per cent of the population, with an estimated 130,000 referrals and up to 50,000 additional places made available due to the expansion. The ambition is for the programme to eventually cover the whole of England.
Stevens said: “With more than 18,000 people having already started our diabetes prevention programme, the NHS is doing its bit but this is a battle we cannot win alone.”
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, added: “Tackling diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time, as the number of people with Type 2 diabetes continues to rise. The NHS, along with its partners, is going to great lengths to help keep those with diabetes healthy. It is crucial that we have an integrated approach to tackling not just the prevention of Type 2 diabetes but also the successful management of all forms of diabetes and it is essential that we support the spread of evidence based interventions to help reduce the harm that diabetes can cause.”