New diabetes prevention programme launched in Coventry and Warwickshire

Patients across Coventry and Warwickshire are set to benefit from a new package of tailored support to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Warwickshire County Council, along with NHS organisations and Coventry City Council have partnered with ICS Health and Wellbeing to offer places on the new Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to individuals at high risk.

The free programme will help people take charge of their health and wellbeing, make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce their risk of developing the disease as a result.

Patients will be referred by their GP or nurse, or an NHS Health Check professional. After completing an initial one-to-one assessment, they will attend regular group sessions with a trained health and wellbeing coach for a number of sessions.

The coach will advise the groups on healthy eating, help them to take more physical exercise and support them to maintain their lifestyle changes in the long term.

The sessions will be held across Coventry and Warwickshire, including at evenings and weekends, and will benefit up to 3,500 people over the next year.

Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health, Warwickshire County Council said: “We want everyone in Warwickshire to enjoy the best health possible, and working with partner organisations on preventative approaches is vital to achieving this. Diabetes prevention is a key priority of the Better Health, Better Care, Better Value programme, which aims to prevent illness and enable people in Coventry and Warwickshire to take greater control of their health so that they stay well for longer. We are pleased to work with partners on this important work.”

Dr Jim McMorran, GP and Clinical Advisor for NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re proud to be rolling out this important programme in Coventry and Warwickshire from April 2018 and look forward to working with ICS Health and Wellbeing to benefit our local communities.

“I would urge everyone who is invited to join the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing. Anyone who thinks they might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes should take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check, which will assess their risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

Naomi Jones, Healthier You Services Manager from ICS Health and Wellbeing said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to provide lifestyle support for the people of Coventry and Warwickshire, to help those at high risk to make healthier choices about what they eat and how they exercise.”

All NHS organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire, plus Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, are partners in the programme, working together to support local communities to live well, stay independent and enjoy life.

Led jointly by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, the ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’ aims to reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.

Every year, Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion, which equates to almost nine per cent of its budget and causes 20,000 early deaths per year. It is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age, and other complications include kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.

There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes.

However, many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable. The disease is largely caused by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight.

To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, visit https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/coventry-warwickshire/ For more information about a free NHS Health Check, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/