The Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) was selected as a provider, together with public sector contract specialist Ingeus, for NHS England's Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which will eventually be rolled out across the entire country. The centre's group education programme Let's Prevent is set to become the one of the first interventions in the UK that demonstrates that a structured educational programme reduces the number of people at high risk of type 2 diabetes. It was originally piloted across two Leicestershire towns where 3,000 people at high risk of type 2 diabetes received tailored, personalised help, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, losing weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. LDC was selected to become a provider, together with public sector contract specialist Ingeus, for NHS England's Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. The programme was based on DESMOND, the first national structured education programme for type 2 diabetes to meet NICE criteria.
The Impact Diabetes report in 2012 projected that the NHS's annual spending on diabetes in the UK will increase from £9.8bn to £16.9bn over the next 25 years. The cost of treating diabetes complications was also predicted to almost double from the current total of £7.7bn to £13.5bn by 2035/6. Type 2 diabetes is mainly linked to lifestyle and largely avoidable, yet the number of people with the condition is spiralling, with national figures predicted to rise from 2.5 million to more than four million by 2025. There is a lack of evidence investigating how to effectively translate prevention research into a UK primary care setting.
To establish whether the use of a structured lifestyle modification programme (based on the DESMOND
programme) prevents those with pre-diabetes going on to develop type 2 diabetes. To provide an
appropriate structured education programme to target lifestyle modification and behaviour change and
a culturally sensitive structured education for the Black Minority and Ethnic (BME) community.
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