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​Southwark residents to benefit from new diabetes prevention programme

Southwark residents will be some of the first in the country to be offered places on the world's first programme to stop them developing Type 2 diabetes.

NHS Southwark CCG is part of a successful South London Partnership bid to be a first wave implementation site for the new National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

There are approaching 300,000 people at risk of developing diabetes in South London, and those suitable for the new prevention programme will be identified via the NHS Health Checks programme or GP practices to help them reduce their risk.

Announced today (22 March), the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, to deliver at scale, an evidenced based behavioural programme to support people to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

NHS Southwark CCG – a demonstrator site for the programme – is the lead organisation for South London for the national programme, which is a partnership between the 24 South London CCGs and Boroughs (listed below) with support from the Health Innovation Network.

Linda Drake, Clinical lead at Southwark CCG and a Diabetes Practice Nurse said, "This is great news for South London which will be the second largest prevention site for diabetes in the country. With around 300,000 people at risk of diabetes, there are thousands of people set to benefit for from the programme."

The 24 organisations in the South London Partnership are:

Clinical Commissioning Groups​Local authorities
NHS Southwark CCG (Lead) London Borough of Southwark
NHS Bexley CCGLondon Borough of Bexley
NHS Bromley CCGLondon Borough of Bromley
NHS Croydon CCGCroydon Council
NHS Greenwich CCGRoyal Borough of Greenwich
NHS Kingston CCGRoyal Borough of Kingston
NHS Lambeth CCGLambeth Borough Council
NHS Lewisham CCGLondon Borough of Lewisham
NHS Merton CCGLondon Borough of Merton
NHS Richmond CCGLondon Borough of Richmond upon Thames
NHS Sutton CCGLondon Borough of Sutton
NHS Wandsworth CCGWandsworth Borough Council

Dr Charles Gostling, a Lewisham GP and member of Lewisham CCG Governing Body, said, “Having worked in the field of diabetes for many years, I’m really delighted NHS England has set up this national prevention programme. Diabetes and its complications costs the NHS approximately £10 million a year and can cause untold misery. The National Prevention Programme is long overdue and will hopefully go some way to preventing many cases of diabetes.”

Health Innovation Network Managing Director, Tara Donnelly said, “We are delighted to be part of what is the very first national prevention programme of its kind. This is fantastic news for the whole of South London and fits really well with the strong focus we have all had on improving the management of diabetes over the past two years. We look forward to working with our members in CCGs & Local Authorities as well as many south London residents to make this a successful project that improves the health of our population.”

Dr Dagmar Zeuner, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Merton, said, “This is an exciting joint venture between LAs and the NHS, and supported by the South London partnership.”

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