NHS DPP in Lincolnshire
The Greater Lincolnshire partnership has been making referrals to the NHS DPP as a wave one site since July 2016. In this time the partnership has grown from strength to strength with 5,874 referrals being made by almost 90% of its practices since launching. Up to September 2017, the partnership has had 107 groups started or scheduled to start in locations across Greater Lincolnshire.
A key element of this success has been the use of allocated funds to employ a Project Officer. This role proactively works with GP Practices, acting as the key contact for the NHS DPP. They have ensured the correct protocols are installed on the clinical system to quickly identify eligible patients and ensured the referral process is easy with the availability of integrated referral forms. They are also able to support practices with any queries and act as a key link with the provider, ICS Health and Wellbeing.
Greater Lincolnshire has also undertaken a range of engagement activities to promote the NHS DPP, including attending patient events, developing patient material in Eastern European languages and paying practices to send letters to encourage patients to attend the programme.
The challenges for Greater Lincolnshire have mostly been around rurality. A large number of referrals need to be generated in order to have enough people to start a group, and in some areas of Lincolnshire it can be difficult when populations are spread over large areas.
A new challenge for Greater Lincolnshire is the limit on the number of interventions that are available. The partnership successfully bid for a 50% uplift, however due to the high number of monthly referrals, there is a risk of running out of places before the end of the current contract.
National Diabetes Prevention Programme
Georgia Evans, 61, from Stamford, has recently been attending the Bourne group as part of the NDPP. She said it has helped her be more motivated to make lifestyle changes.
“Diabetes runs in my family so I was considered to be high risk.
“I also have a thyroid condition so was regularly monitored through my GP surgery which kept a close eye on my blood sugar levels. When they continued to increase I was told that I would be eligible to join the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and decided to join.
“The group is lovely and sociable. The tea breaks provide an opportunity to speak to others.
“I have learnt more about the food that I eat. I have reduced my carbohydrates intake and am more conscious about the sugar that I eat.
“I feel a lot better and would definitely recommend the course.”
Charles O’Connor, 65, from Bourne also attends the Diabetes Prevention Programme group in the town.
He said: “I have put weight on over the last two and a half years as I had a physical job before I retired and now I am not as active.
“Since being on the course, I have lost 16 pounds in seven weeks, mainly from eating low carbs and exercising more. I try to cycle or walk whenever possible.
“I feel better as well. I’ve got a pair of trousers I’m aiming to get back into, so I’ll be alright if I do that.”