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Help at hand to beat Type 2 diabetes in Lambeth

Lambeth is among a number of areas across London which have been announced in the first wave roll out of the world's first nationwide Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Lambeth patients at high risk of Type 2 diabetes will be invited to join a programme helping them avoid developing the condition as a new national scheme launches in London. These areas include all of South London and central parts of North London led by Newham, Camden and Hammersmith and Fulham.

These are part of the 27 areas across England which will launch the national Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme looking to help people at high risk of the condition change their lifestyles.

GPs across the region can expect to begin to refer people they know to be at high risk during 2016. 

Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

The nationwide programme will start this year with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, half of the population, and making up to 20,000 places available. This will roll out to the whole country by 2020 with 100,000 referrals available each year after.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth CCG said: "This is great news for the people of London. We want to help as many people as possible stay healthy and this programme will target those at risk and help them avoid developing diabetes."

Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director for NHS England (London): "Across the capital, there are currently 475,000 peo­ple living with diabetes, with a further 200,000 people estimated to be diagnosed with the condition by 2025. It's great news that Londoners who are at risk will have this opportunity to make positive, healthier changes to their lifestyles through the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. It's also good to see CCGs and local authorities working closely together to make a real difference to local people."

There are currently 2.6 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

There are thought to be 300,000 people at risk of developing diabetes in South London, and those suitable for the new prevention programme will be identified via NHS Health Checks programme or the 425 GP practices to help them reduce their risk.

Over nine months patients on the programme will be offered at least 13 education and exercise sessions of one to two hours per session, at least 16 hours face to face or 1 to 1 in total.

Simon Stevens NHS England's CEO said: "Around 500 people every day find out they've got type 2 diabetes – a serious but often preventable health condition. By offering targeted support for at-risk individuals, the NHS is now playing our part in the wider campaign against obesity – which is already costing the country more than we spend on the police and fire service combined.

"The benefits for patients will show up as hospitalisations prevented, strokes avoided and amputations averted. This programme is a reminder that the 'H' in NHS stands for health."

Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

In a phased approach the 27 areas will open their doors to patients in the next few months and throughout 2016.

The NHS DPP was launched in March 2015, initially in seven 'demonstrator' sites which have been trialling different models of finding people known to be at high risk and helping them change their lifestyles.

Learning has been taken from these sites to inform the programme.​

The South London Partnership bid to be part of the first wave to launch the programme was led by the Health Innovation Network.

The 24 partners in the South London Partnership are:

CCGsLocal Authorities
NHS Southwark CCG (Lead) London Borough of Southwark
NHS Bexley CCGLondon Borough of Bexley
NHS Bromley CCGLondon Borough of Bromley
NHS Croydon CCGCroydon Council
NHS Greenwich CCGRoyal Borough of Greenwich
NHS Kingston CCGRoyal Borough of Kingston
NHS Lambeth CCGLambeth Borough Council
NHS Lewisham CCGLondon Borough of Lewisham
NHS Merton CCGLondon Borough of Merton
NHS Richmond CCGLondon Borough of Richmond upon Thames
NHS Sutton CCGLondon Borough of Sutton
NHS Wandsworth CCGWandsworth Borough Council​