Southern Health and social Care trust have launched a new service the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPPNI). Commissioned by the PHA, the NICE PH38 compliant programme aims to tackle the rising tide of Type 2 Diabetes. There is approximately 120000 people in Northern Ireland living with Pre diabetes at the moment and with an estimated 20-30% of those of those will go on to develop Type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years if their current behaviours don’t change, the program aims to delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes in those high risk individuals. The evidence based programme has already been rolled out in England with the second wave of implementation covering 75% of the population.
The DPP program is a behaviour change program which is delivered in 18 sessions over a 9 month period focusing on improved diet, increasing physical activity levels and weight loss. Patients are eligible for referral on to the DPP programme if they have a HbA1c test within last 3 months range 42-47 mmol/l or FPG 5.5-6.9/mmol and are 18 years +. During the programme patient’s weight, activity levels and blood sugars will be monitored and primary care teams will receive updates on patient progress. Referrals are made through the CCG system under the heading DPPNI and patients will be referred into a group based programme. To get more information on the programme and how to het referred speak to your GP or practice nurse at your next appointment
For further information contact:
Diabetes Prevention Programme Manager
Promoting Wellbeing Division
DDL : 028 37566200 Ext 66200