University team behind discovery that Type 2 Diabetes patients can improve health by moving more and eating less have created digital tool set to be prescribed by GPs.
Thousands of NHS patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes across England are to become the first to be given access to a ground breaking digital tool designed by a specialist team at Newcastle University to help them make lifestyle changes and live healthier lives.
GPs in parts of London, Birmingham and Manchester will soon be able to ‘refer‘ patients diagnosed with the condition to the app, dubbed ‘Changing Health’, which enrols them on a unique 12-month online education and personalised telephone coaching programme.
The first-of-its-kind app has been developed based on published research from Newcastle University and Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust, which uncovered that patients who lose weight and become more physically active reduce the impact or even reverse the disease if they have access to the right lifestyle information and coaching support.
The Newcastle academic team, led by Professor Mike Trenell, developed the programme after their research pinpointed the precise combination of information and coaching support needed to ensure patients improved their health.
The Changing Health app shows how to achieve a sustainable change in behaviour, using evidence-based techniques. The programme - which can be accessed via an app on a smartphone, tablet or desktop - is the only digital tool which offers patients access to diabetes education alongside regular access to a specially trained personal coach.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Waltham Forest, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, South Manchester and the Modality Vanguard in the West Midlands have agreed to work with GPs and other local NHS providers to make the programme available to local patients in the hope they will improve their health. They are also aiming to reduce the local share of the £8bn Diabetes related complications cost burden on the NHS.
Changing Health CEO John Grumitt, who is also vice president of Diabetes UK and former vp of the International Diabetes Federation, said:: “Diabetes is a real challenge to those with the condition and places a huge burden on the NHS financially. It’s prevalence is now three times higher than all cancers combined, and accounts for 10 per cent (£11.6bn) of the annual NHS budget. A full 80 per cent of those costs are attributed to treating largely avoidable complications. Public Health England estimate there are over three million people with diabetes in this country. An increase of over 40 per cent to over five million is predicted in less than 10 years by 2025.”
Professor Trenell said: “It doesn’t have to be this way. Our research shows that many people living with Type 2 Diabetes, if given the right advice, tools and support, can live healthy lives free from complications such as kidney disease or even strokes linked to the condition. In some cases it is even possible to reverse their diagnosis. Just as importantly, they feel better and have more energy too.
He adds: “Last year’s National Diabetes Audit found that only 5.3% of people attended education. By making evidence based education available online, accessible when and where patients want, together with a personalised coach providing on-going supported self- management, we will enable people to lead healthier and happier lives. “
Changing Health is the only treatment to be made available that combines evidence-based structured education from NICE approved X-PERT Health’s Diabetes programme online, which has helped over ¼ million people to achieve improved health since it was launched by Dr Trudi Deakin in 2005. The numbers able to benefit from the Diabetes UK and Department of Health approved X-Pert methodology is set to soar as Changing Health makes it available anywhere, at anytime in a digital format and in seven languages.
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