Prevention drive shortlisted for award 

Let's Prevent Diabetes

A Type 2 diabetes prevention programme developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre is in line for a prestigious award. 

Let’s Prevent – which is now being rolled out as part of The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) – has been shortlisted in the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes 2016 Awards.

Research shows the group education programme is cost-effective and has the power to reduce cases of Type 2 diabetes.

QiC recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.

The entry ‘Preventing diabetes by turning research into practice’ is a finalist in the Prevention and Early Diagnosis category. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 13.

Bernie Stribling, a Director at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said:

“Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent and costly conditions in the East Midlands, but the most efficient way to address the problem of diabetes and its complications is to prevent it from developing, taking a proactive rather than reactive approach

“We’re delighted that Let’s Prevent has been used to inform the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and now we’re also thrilled that the programme is getting further recognition with this QiC shortlisting.”

People who attended the main session and one other reduced their risk of the condition by 60 per cent and these who attended all of the programme were 80 per cent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to an analysis of research into Let’s Prevent.

As well as potentially reducing the risk, the group receiving the education programme during the study also saw significant improvements in HbA1c, cholesterol, wellbeing, sedentary time and step counts.

Let’s Prevent is being used as part of a partnership in the NHS DPP between Ingeus and Leicester Diabetes Centre in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire.

Notes to editors 

  • For further details, to arrange an interview or more photographs, email or call 07803 003811 or 01604 882342.
  • The Diabetes Research Centre is based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
  • The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.
  • Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, working with the city and county Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is a leading applied health research unit committed to improving the lives and care of people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.