Behavioural change experts Changing Health this week unveiled its game-changing digital platform, designed to tackle Type 2 diabetes in the UK. Consisting of a number of evidence based programmes, the platform places an emphasis on behaviour change at scale and has
been implemented for the first time this week by NHS England.
Changing Health’s partnership with NHS England will see the largest ever roll out of free digital support for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which currently costs the NHS around £8.8 billion a year. With 3.4 million people in the UK living with Type 2 diabetes and an additional 200,000 people being diagnosed every year, the programme will empower hundreds of thousands of people across England to live healthier lives.
The partnership will allow the NHS to offer its patients highly personalised support to make positive lifestyle changes and crucially, sustain them over the long term. Changing Health’s online platform will deliver this behaviour change service nationally. Applying the best in evidence based education with innovative technology designed to provide personalisation at scale.
Once a person has been referred to the programme by their primary care team, they are given access to information and tracking tools online, on their mobile, tablet or PC.
Professor Mike Trenell, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Changing Health said: “Type 2 diabetes places an enormous burden on people living with the condition and the care systems looking after them. We believe this approach will enable the NHS to deliver personalised support at scale – which is hugely exciting.”
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity for NHS England said: “Living with Type 2 diabetes is a daily challenge for millions, as well as a growing issue for our NHS, which is why the Long Term Plan for the health service sets out ambitious, innovative and evidence backed measures to prevent and manage the condition. We are living in an increasingly digital age with people managing most aspects of their lives online, the rollout of this programme will give people the opportunity to get support for their Type 2 diabetes online too.”
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