Health Survey for England 2019 Adults’ health

National Statistics & NHS Digital | 15 December 2020| Health Survey for England 2019 Adults’ health

This report looks at the general health of adults aged 16 and over, including trends in diabetes, raised cholesterol and hypertension, and compares the prevalence of these conditions by age, sex, region and income.

The report’s key findings are summarised below:

Key findings
• The proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed diabetes increased between 1994 and
2019, with some year-on-year variation, from 3% to 9% among men and from 2% to 6%
among women.
• The combined prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed (total) diabetes increased from
7% in the highest income quintile to 16% in the lowest income quintile.

  • The prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes was 3% in all but the lowest income quintile, where it was 6%.

Further information about trends in diabetes is available in the Health Survey for England 2019 Adults’ health

Pharmacists must be integrated into diabetes care

Royal Pharmaceutical Society | July 2019 |Pharmacists must be integrated into diabetes care

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in England is calling for pharmacists to be fully integrated into services for people with type 2 diabetes to increase prevention and detection of the condition and improve the care that patients receive. 

Pharmacists across England can support people with type 2 diabetes get the best from their medicines, improving their health and wellbeing through integrated, collaborative and personalised care services.


Three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by helping people understand their risk of developing the disease and how to reduce it, and by getting an early diagnosis for those known to be at high risk.

The RPS has published  Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with Type 2 diabetes, and outlines a series of recommendations:

Pharmacists work as part of the multidisciplinary team to play a greater role in prevention and detection services for type 2 diabetes

  • Pharmacists should play an active role in optimising medicines, improving the health, wellbeing and safety of people with type 2 diabetes across the NHS
  • Pharmacists in specialist and generalist roles should have access to education and training to support people with multiple conditions
  • The role of consultant pharmacists in diabetes should be embedded to ensure improved system wide management of people with type 2 diabetes (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society)

Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Prevention Programme 2017-18

Health Quality Improvement Partnership | July 2019| Diabetes Prevention Programme 2017-18 

NHS Digital has published a report on the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), it  uses data collected alongside the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) for the period January 2017 to March 2018 in England.

Some of the findings include:

  • Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia populations and Type 2 diabetic populations are similar but a higher proportion of men have Type 2 diabetes
  • 15.4% of people recorded with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia are known to be from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups (BAME)

In future reports on the Diabetes Prevention Programme, deeper investigations will be made as to whether the behaviour change programmes are having an impact on reducing weight, progression to Type 2 Diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors.

The report is available to download from HQIP