The Diabetes Team identified a gap in the care provided for patients in terms of exercise provision. The benefits of exercise are well-documented and the team wanted to offer support with exercise as part of routine care. In September 2017, in collaboration with the Sports Development Team (SDT) at Plymouth City Council (PCC), a low-cost, weekly circuits group for people with diabetes with diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) support was established. Initially the class was a six-week pilot, but high attendance, with an average of 17 people each week, meant this was extended to six months. Attendance has varied between 24 and 13 people. The funding from SDT has since been extended again until December 2018. The project is being evaluated with the aim of expanding it to offer further exercise classes and support with exercise to all patients. Response from service users has been positive, with participants reporting anecdotally increased fitness, weight loss, medication reductions (both diabetes and blood pressure medication), increased activity levels and overall health.
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