Public health reports show the growing pressures from diabetes. If current trends persist, fuelled by demographic changes and high obesity, the strain on the NHS and health professionals’ resources will intensify significantly.
Diabetes costs the NHS £10 billion each year – about 10 per cent of the total NHS budget – and this is projected to rise to 17 per cent of the budget in 20 years’ time. The bulk of these costs are for treating its complications, such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke.
What are the human costs of diabetes?
Nearly four million people in the UK have diabetes, with 90% of those affected having Type 2 diabetes. Alarmingly, around 590,000 people with Type 2 diabetes are not even aware they may have it.
- Around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK
- Over 130 amputations are carried out every week on people with diabetes
A focus on prevention
Evidence shows that behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.
As a result, the government is launching its flagship NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – offering support to 100,000 people in England who are at high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes to become healthier and avoid getting the condition.
Those referred will get tailored, personalised support, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.
Four providers have been chosen to join the NHS provider framework and local health services will work with their chosen provider to deliver prevention services in their area.
Ingeus and Leicester Diabetes Centre
Ingeus, together with our partner Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC), is one of the successful providers that has won a place on the national framework. Together with LDC we have designed a service that combines the evidence-based expertise of LDC with our experience in delivering large scale national programmes.
Leicester Diabetes Centre is an applied research centre and a partnership between the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and is academically affiliated with the University of Leicester College of Medicine, and Biological Sciences.
Our new service is the culmination of a seven-year research and development process conducted by LDC's multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and researchers.