NHS to announce further details on diabetes healthcare funding

Jack Woodfield
Fri, 16 Jun 2017
NHS to announce further details on diabetes healthcare funding
Health teams across England will find out on Friday how £44m which has been set aside for diabetes care will be spent.

According to The Diabetes Times, NHS England will also announce details about stage two of the national type 2 diabetes prevention drive, which was first introduced in 2016.

Last year Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were invited to apply for a slice of the fund which was announced as part of the NHS's plan to improve health, care and improve efficiency. The NHS' Five Year Forward Plan was compiled to ensure there is a "big improvement in helping people live healthier lives so that they don't get ill so much".

The focus is also on breaking down the barriers in how care is provided between family doctors and hospitals.

It is hoped the money will be spent on implementing future new models of care transform diabetes treatment in England.

Bids for the money were separated into four categories: structured education, improving achievement of NICE targets, multi-disciplinary foot care teams and diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services.

More details are set to be unveiled about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which is the world's first nationwide scheme to stop people developing type 2 diabetes.

The initiative started in 2016 with the first stage involving 27 areas and 26 million people. The programme, which is due to be rolled out across the whole country by 2020, provides participants tailored support to help them make positive changes to their lifestyle. Participants are encouraged to lose weight and start exercising in a bid to reduce their risk of, or even prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

There are currently 4.5 million people in the UK who have diabetes, mainly type 2, but that could rise to five million if the problem is not tackled, Public Health England recently said.
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