13 April 2017
Following feedback from GPs and practice teams asking us for information for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK are running a pilot campaign running until June 2017.
We have created aType 2 diabetes: What to do if you're at risk booklet (PDF, 194KB) to help practitioners talk to patients about their risk of Type 2 diabetes. The booklet explains what Type 2 diabetes is and the realities of having the condition. It makes clear the risk factors and how to make simple, lasting changes to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is designed to help explain risk to patients, alongside referring them to an appropriate intervention.
To signpost patients to the booklets, use ourPrevention Postcards(PDF, 69 KB). All the patient needs to do is fill in their details, pop the postcard in the post and receive their free booklet. This will also allow us to evaluate the impact of the booklets and ensure they are benefiting the people who need this information.
You can order our free Prevention Postcards from ouronline shop and they come in packs of ten.
We are keen to ensure that this pilot does not duplicate any work being undertaken locally on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, and instead can complement it. In particular, they may be useful for people who are at risk but not eligible for the NHS DPP, or those who are not yet ready to take the step and commit to taking up a referral.
It would be great if you could share this with your colleagues or add to any colleague newsletters to help raise awareness of this new resource.
What happens next?
Once the pilot ends in June, we will review feedback from healthcare professionals and patients to help us plan next steps.