Since 2010, we have been developing and delivering a programme called Living Well Taking Control, aimed at supporting individiduals to make healthier lifestyle choices in order to either avoid developing Type 2 diabetes or manage it more effectively.
In March 2013 we joined forces with Exeter-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care to deliver evaluated pilot programmes in Birmingham and Exeter to people identified as being at risk of developing, or recently diagnosed with, Type 2 diabetes. This involved working with a number of Universities including Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham. Working with the Universities, we have undertaken a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) with the aim of evidencing the value and benefits of the service to participants (service-users).
An independent evaluation of the effectiveness of education for individuals newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as well as those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes was conducted by the University of West England:
“The results presented in the current study suggest that participants who maintain contact and engagement with the LWTC programme are likely to achieve significant reductions in weight and other outcomes linked to reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes or improved management of Type 2 diabetes.”
The programme is a cost effective solution to reducing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes and associated conditions and risk factors. Participants report feeling involved in the programme and that the peer support of the group interaction helps and supports them to change health risk behaviour and also maintain sustained support. A downloadable copy of the evaluation is available here.
The development phase of our programme has helped to inform the evidence base underpinning the new Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. We have foramalised our partnership with Westbank, setting up a new company called Living Well Taking Control which has been selected as one of four national providers to deliver the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme across England.