STEPS to prevent diabetes: a diabetes prevention course in Lambeth, South East London

Summary

Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team developed a short prevention course called STEPS – focused on increased activity through walking and aimed at local people who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. STEPS was planned and implemented by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Dietician who are skilled and passionate about the delivery of accessible structured education for people living with diabetes. The programme is funded by Lambeth CCG. The course has proved very popular with GP referrals increasing year-on-year and almost 900 people have attended in the past three years. No significant changes in HbA1c, total serum cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and body mass index were found after the course and there was no progression to type 2 diabetes for most participants.

Challenge

Lambeth is an inner-city borough with a population of 310,000 and is one of the most deprived boroughs in London. The demographics are diverse, with large numbers of people of African-Caribbean and Portuguese heritage and more than 100 languages spoken. Based on GP registers, 15,200 people with diabetes live in Lambeth. Although the population is younger, on average, than most of the UK population, a high prevalence of diabetes is related to high levels of obesity and also the substantial BME population. There are 48 GP surgeries in Lambeth and specialist diabetes services are provided in community settings by the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team, which includes consultants, GP specialists, diabetes specialist nurses and dieticians.

Objectives

To offer a short, education course to people in Lambeth found to be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To reduce the number of high risk people in Lambeth who go on to develop the condition.

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QiC Diabetes Finalist 2016
Prevention and Early Diagnosis
STEPS to prevent diabetes: a diabetes prevention course in Lambeth, South East London
by Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team

Contacts

Dr Mark Chamley

Job title:
Clinical Lead
Place of work:
Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team
Telephone:
07920 100289
Email:
mark.chamley@nhs.net

Resources

Prevent poster.pdf - 103.7 KB
Full Lesson Plan.doc - 47.5 KB

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