National Diabetes Prevention Programme

Surrey Heath CCG is working with other CCG’s across Surrey, Sussex and Kent to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).

The programme is designed for people (18+) who have suspected Type 2 Diabetes, and have had a blood test to determine whether they have full blown Type 2 Diabetes or are at the early stages of being pre-diabetic with a raised blood sugar level. Once the blood test confirms pre-diabetes your GP will ask you if you would like to be referred into a ten month programme, that provides information and support to change your diet and increase your activity to prevent full blown diabetes and in many cases revert to being diabetes free.

If you suspect you may be becoming Diabetic (Type 2) you can: Book an appointment at your GP surgery for a blood test or if you are concerned about your overall health and fitness and aged between 40-74 years, Click here to book a health check.

The programme which runs session both daytime and evening is made up of an intensive 90 minute session for consecutive 4 weeks and then monthly maintenance meetings for the next nine months concentrating on making changes to current behaviours to improve health and wellbeing.

For further information on diabetes please click here to visit NHS Choices

Click pdf here (459 KB) to read Clive Jones' story on how taking part in the programme has improved his health.

X-PERT Diabetes Programme

Patients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the Surrey Heath area now have the opportunity to learn more about how to self-manage the condition, through a new education programme.

The charity Diabetes UK has launched a 'risk score' to help people find out if they are at risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes.  Click here for more information.

The CCG has commissioned Virgin Care to run the X-PERT Diabetes Programme to update patients on the latest treatment and management techniques for diabetes, as well as giving patients the opportunity to address any issues they have with their condition.

The CCG is committed to finding effective ways to help patients self-manage their diabetes. Through the programme, patients and their carers will be given the knowledge they need to keep their condition in check through – often very straightforward – diet and lifestyle choices.

Patients will find out what diabetes is, have information on weight management and carbohydrate awareness, possible complications, and even a supermarket tour, enabling people to analyse food labels and to ask questions about how to ‘shop well’.

More than 90% of adults with diabetes have type 2, which usually affects those over the age of 40.  Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, urinating frequently – particularly at night – feeling very tired and suffering weight loss and loss of muscle bulk.

If left untreated, diabetes can lead to a number of health problems so it’s really important to visit your GP if you’re experiencing symptoms.

If you’ve been diagnosed in the last 12 months, then ask your GP or practice nurse about this education programme - which could be of real benefit to you.

You can also find out more about diabetes on the NHS Choices website.

Freestyle Libre

On 7th March 2019 NHS England verified the funding available to CCGs for Freestyle Libre.

Limited funding is available for up to 20% of type 1 diabetes population, this equates to circa 75 patients in Surrey Heath. From the 1st April 2019, Freestyle Libre will be available to patients who fulfil the NHS England criteria as verified by the specialist diabetes service, as well as some additional requirements outlined on the NHSE website. Full details can be found here.

The pathway to obtain FreeStyle Libre has been carefully designed by consultants at the specialist service and GP diabetes leads; therefore Surrey Heath CCG is committed to following the national guidance. Patients will have the opportunity to discuss FreeStyle Libre with at their next specialist appointment. 

Further details on who is eligible to receive a trial and the next steps can be found here.