As part of the ongoing diabetes transformation initiative in Sutton, more than 500 patients have now been registered and currently taking part in the Healthier You, National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) here in Sutton, since its launch in August 2016.

Even though this is positive news, there still is a long way to go as a health economy identifying and sign posting  patients deemed as “at risk” of Type 2 diabetes. Public Health England has predicted that there are about up to 9,000 people in Sutton who have not yet been identified and sign posted to an intervention programme.

“The NHS NDPP is a nine month, evidence-based behaviour intervention programme designed to help those at risk of Type 2 diabetes to significantly reduce their chances of developing the condition. This programme is currently being funded by NHS England for the next three years in Sutton,” said a spokesperson.

“There currently are a series of programmes being run at the SCILL centre in Sutton – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at different times during the day to suit patients’ lifestyles. The programme is available to all patients aged 18+ registered with a Sutton GP and who are deemed as at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and patients need to also have an HbA1c level in the past 12 months that falls into the pre-diabetes range (HbA1c 42 – 47 mmol).

“There has been fantastic patient feedback so far from those who are currently enrolled on the programme, with an increasing number of Sutton GPs referring patients into the service (currently 10 of our GP practices referring). Participants receive support to change their lifestyle in a friendly and supportive group environment, facilitated by specialist staff trained in behaviour change and diabetes prevention. This multi-component intervention programme include discussions such as:

Be Aware – Understanding health risks
Eat Well – Nutrition guidance
Take Control – Behaviour change
Move More – Physical activity support

“Patients from the Old Court House surgery have so far benefitted from the programme, and all practices are encouraged to refer identified patients. Please contact sutccg.office@nhs.net for further information on this programme or if you will like to know more about the LTC transformation work currently taking place in Sutton.”