The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme was launched in 2016 to tackle the growing problem of diabetes in the UK – it seeks to identify patients at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and refers them through their General Practice on to a free diabetes prevention programme.
Those referred get help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including advice on healthy eating and lifestyle, help with weight loss (for overweight participants), and physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Adopting a pro-active approach enables patients to take control of their lifestyle factors.
Prevalence of the condition is known to be high amongst Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, hence the CCG is making specific efforts to encourage people to sign up for and complete the programme.
How are we engaging with Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities?
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group work collaboratively with organisations such as Diabetes UK to engage with local communities; one of our initiatives is reaching out to various communities through our patient representatives - known as Diabetes Community Champions.
The role of a Diabetes Community Champion?
Community Champions educate and raise awareness of diabetes by organising stalls, talks, presentations and healthy living days at community centres, health fairs and local festivals.
They reach and engage people from ethnic minority groups and other socioeconomically deprived communities.
They explain what Type 2 diabetes is, who is at risk, signs and symptoms, myths and misconceptions, complications, and the NHS services that are available – in a way that is culturally appropriate.
Our Diabetes Community Champion – Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly (pictured right) is a diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and has been raising awareness of the condition with communities through outreach events across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.
Our NHS DPP board is informed by Tony’s patient experience of living with Type 2 Diabetic. As our Community Champion, Tony hosts dedicated sessions at GP practices with high BAME populations, at faith and community events, as well as regional and national conferences.
Tony is regularly invited to speak on local community radio stations and has received several awards for his dedicated efforts.
Tony’s passion to raise diabetes awareness goes beyond our borders – earlier this year, he was invited abroad (to Dominican Republic, St Lucia, Belize and Jamaica) to share his experience of living with Type 2 Diabetes. Find out more about his visit in the full page spread (page 40) in the Phoenix newspaper.
Is the NHS DPP really making a difference?
A wide range of people with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are currently attending or have completed the NHSDPP programme, delivered by Living Well taking Control.
- Birmingham case studies http://www.lwtcsupport.co.uk/birmingham
- Solihull case studies http://www.lwtcsupport.co.uk/solihull
Our flu campaign - this winter
In partnership with Birmingham Updates, we released a video of local people - including our Community Champion Tony Kelly, explaining why he got the flu jab, in a bid to encourage other diabetics to get theirs too. The video has been shared via our Youtube channel and available on our website. Help us share the video on Facebook and Twitter.
Becoming a community champion
Keeping up with the latest news
- Find out more about the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
- Follow the NHS Diabetes Programme on twitter @NHSDiabetesProg #PreventingType2