NHS England: More people with diabetes set to benefit from blood sugar monitors as NHS roll-out succeeds

NHS England | November 2021 | More people with diabetes set to benefit from blood sugar monitors as NHS roll-out succeeds

Half of NHS Type 1 diabetes patients in England are now benefiting from the use of “life-changing” flash monitors that allow them to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly, paving the way for more people to benefit.

Health service chief executive Amanda Pritchard, patient groups and senior clinicians have welcomed the milestone, showing that the NHS is ahead of target to roll-out the monitors, as the independent health advisory NICE, confirmed it was beginning to consult on expanding access to the convenient and effective kit.

The most recent figures show that around 125,000, or half, of patients living with Type 1 diabetes are now using these monitors to help control their condition.

The insight from the successful roll-out by NHS England has helped to inform the case for potential wider use of these technologies to benefit patients living with Type 1 diabetes, and potentially those living with Type 2 diabetes, as the health service continues to improve care for people with both forms of the condition.

The NHS Long Term Plan included a target to ensure 20 per cent of people with Type 1 diabetes were benefiting from flash monitors by March 2021.

Data for March shows the NHS significantly exceeded that goal, with the actual percentage of those benefiting hitting more than 45 per cent – double the target, with uptake by July hitting half of eligible people.

Eligible patients are currently able to access the monitors on prescription from their local GP or diabetes team, helping them to better manage their blood sugar levels.

The wearable gadgets have a sensor that easily attaches to the back of the arm, allowing patients to check their glucose quickly and easily with a simple one-second scan.

The monitors link to an easy-to-use app on your phone, where patients can access the data gathered by the device.

Unlike conventional blood glucose monitors they allow you to view patterns over time, not only showing current and previous levels but also where they’re headed (Source: NHS England).

More people with diabetes set to benefit from blood sugar monitors as NHS roll-out succeeds

NHS England: New genetic test to identify thousands with rare diabetes

NHS England | August 2021 | NHS to diagnose thousands of people with rare diabetes

NHS England is rolling out a new test that will recognise monogenic diabetes, a rare form of diabetes: one in 50 people with diabetes have monogenic diabetes. The test will help to identify diabetes in thousands of people unaware they are living with the disease, alongside a new training scheme for staff.The test is also capable of spotting whether children have inherited the affected gene, and if they will develop monogenic diabetes. The health service is training hundreds of staff across the country to be experts in the rare condition.

It is thought that around 12 000 people in England have the condition, which if left undetected can mean patients struggle to manage glucose levels. If these high glucose levels go untreated for a long period of time it can cause blindness, amputations and greater risk of a heart attack (Source: NHS England).

NHS England NHS to diagnose thousands of people with rare diabetes

See also:

Guidelines New genetic test to identify monogenic diabetes rolled out by England

NHS Facebook campaign helps 40-plus men prevent Type 2 diabetes

NHS England | 19 April  2021 | NHS Facebook campaign helps 40-plus men prevent Type 2 diabetes

A new social media campaign devised by the NHS is targeting males over 40 at risk of developing type 2, in a bid to encourage them to change their lifestyle to avoid developing the condition.

Research shows that men over 40 are particularly at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes and this risk increases with age.

The Facebook adverts will highlight the increased risk among white men of this age and encourage them to sign up for support from the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

The NHS will post a series of sponsored Facebook ads over the next three weeks which will let users click through to a quiz by Diabetes UK.

If their score is moderate or high they can refer themselves to a local service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional.

The NHS has fast-tracked access to the Healthier You programme after research found that people are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 if they have Type 2 diabetes.

The new drive follows a successful national campaign in August last year which targeted Black and South Asian communities who are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes from the age of 25 (Source: NHS England).

Full details are available from NHS England

Thousands to benefit from soups and shakes diet on the NHS

Thousands of people will be able to access NHS soup and shake weight-loss plans to tackle type 2 diabetes | via NHS England

The diet and lifestyle plans have been shown to put Type 2 diabetes into remission for people recently diagnosed with the condition, and will now be provided to 5,000 more patients in 10 areas as the first stage in an NHS drive to increase access to the life-changing programme.

Diabetes is estimated to cost the NHS £10 billion a year, while almost one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs is for diabetes treatment.

The year-long plans will see those who could benefit provided with ‘total diet replacement products’, such as shakes and soups, for three months, alongside support to increase their exercise levels.

To help people maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid complications linked to obesity patients will also be offered managed plans for reintroducing ordinary, nutritious food, with ongoing support from clinicians and coaches after that.

Full detail: Thousands to benefit from soups and shakes diet on the NHS

Participants in the Diabetes Prevention Programme loose the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances

NHS England | January 2020 | NHS support sees people lose the weight of 43 ambulances

A recent news release from people completing the world leading NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme have lost the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances.

Currently,  around 4 million people in the UK live with type 2 diabetes, with diabetes and its complications costing the NHS more than £10 billion to treat every year. Almost 90 000 people have now finished the programme, losing a combined weight of 185, 051kg.  The world first service is the first of its kind to have achieved a full national roll-out.

With expert advice on dieting, exercise and healthy lifestyle, the programme will double in size to treat around 200,000 people every year as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Complications from the disease can include blindness and foot amputations.

Around 90 per cent of people with diabetes have type 2 and there were over a million obesity diagnoses in hospital patients last year.

Projections show that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke and one in six hospital beds are occupied with someone with diabetes.

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The 9-12 month programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the illness through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, including:

  • Education on lifestyle choices
  • Advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating
  • Bespoke physical activity programmes

Projections show that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke and one in six hospital beds are occupied with someone with diabete (Source: NHS England).

Further details are available from NHS England

Flash: My diabetes crystal ball

NHS England | November 2019 | Flash: My diabetes crystal ball

To mark Diabetes Awareness month this month (November) NHS England are publishing a series of blogs from the perspective of patients with diabetes. In the first blog, a patient with type 1 diabetes explains how using flash glucose monitoring has been life-changing in managing her condition.

Flash: My diabetes crystal ball

NHS England: Diabetes Prevention Programme – Information Governance and Data Flows Framework

NHS England | September 2019 | Diabetes Prevention Programme – Information Governance and Data Flows Framework

NHS England have published new guidance updates previous guidance to support organisations participating in the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) in meeting their legal and contractual requirements relating to information governance.

Diabetes Prevention Programme – Information Governance and Data Flows Framework

Digital diabetes prevention rolled out as part of NHS Long Term Plan

NHS England | August 2019| Digital diabetes prevention rolled out as part of NHS Long Term Plan

Pilot schemes, offering convenient, 24/7 access to online advice significantly boosted the numbers taking up the flagship Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP). More than two-thirds of people (68%) referred to the digital schemes participated compared with face-to-face support. 

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Those at risk of developing Type 2 but who cannot make face-to-face support sessions will be the first to benefit from the expansion which starts this month.

They will receive:

  • Wearable tech that monitors levels of exercise;
    • Apps which allow users to access health coaches and educational content
  • Online peer support groups;
    • The ability to set and monitor goals electronically

Dr Jennifer Smith Diabetes Programme Director Public Health England, said: “The success of the pilot’s early findings shows we are breaking new ground to help those most at risk of type 2 diabetes to literally take their health into their own hands at their own time and pace. Many of us use on-the-go digital technology every day and this is a fabulous next step in diabetes prevention.” (Source: NHS England)

Full details are available from NHS England

In the news:

Diabetes.co.uk  NHS England to offer wearable tech to help people reduce type 2 diabetes risk

The Guardian Thousands at risk of type 2 diabetes to be offered wearable tech

Help shape new NHS online support for Type 2 diabetes

NHS England | August 2019| Creating a new website for adults with Type 2 diabetes

NHS England and Improvement, Public Health England and Diabetes UK are launching a new online self-management website for adults living with type 2 diabetes

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The website will:
  • Provide education and information about type 2 diabetes and its treatments
  • Offer content on managing your mood and stress
  • Help with adopting and maintaining healthy behaviours (e.g. diet, exercise).
They are interested in hearing from people with type 2 diabetes, their carers and health professionals to help make the website as useful as possible (Source: NHS England).
Full details here
The survey is open until 2 September 2019

National Diabetes Audit – Care Processes and Treatment Targets, Third Quarter, January 2018 to December 2018

NHS England | July 2019 | National Diabetes Audit – Care Processes and Treatment Targets, Third Quarter, January 2018 to December 2018

NHS England has released the first quarterly release of data from the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) This is the quarter three mid-year data release for the 2018/19 NDA. It shows progress to date covering the period 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

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Source: NHS England 
National Diabetes Audit-  Third Quarter, January 2018 to December 2018, England