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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme - GP Information

Please see the below information from Lucy Gibson, Facilitation Officer from ICS Health & Wellbeing

I am emailing from the ICS Health and Wellbeing who deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in Derbyshire. The NDPP has been running in Derbyshire since 2016 and is a free of charge service of pre-diabetic individuals to leave methods of reducing their risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Throughout the 3 years the NDPP has shown great success in lowering patients HBA1C levels.

Within Derbyshire we have found that referrals from GPs to the programme are dotted around the county resulting in some service users waiting a long time for sufficient numbers to start a group session. In some cases due to this long time frame we are concerned about the patients HBA1C levels rising and them developing diabetes when they haven’t been given the service that they were referred onto. As a result we are looking at methods to increase the number of referrals from GP’s all across the county. This has included speaking to many GPs and Practice Managers with the general message I have received being that they are unaware of the detailed content of the programme in addition to having issues with the referral system.

In order to reach out to many local GPs at once I was hoping to enlist your assistance. If you have any training days planned for GPs around Type 2 Diabetes or on prevention in general I would love to be able to attend to present for a very short while and answer any questions GPs may have.

I have attached some brief information sheets however I can send more if you would like to put any information in an online documents folder to be accessed by GPs including a flow chart on how to refer, FAQ’s and a breakdown of benefits for patients and the NHS.

I would like to arm all GPs with the knowledge they need to offer this programme to their patients and what NHS England expects of GP Practices during the roll out of the NDPP.

If there is anyway that you would be able to support – whether it is updating GP’s on the NDPP’s progress in your newsletters or allowing us to come to any training sessions you have planned – it would be fantastic.

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