We are pleased to share our success in being awarded the national tender to continue our contract management support for the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) which we have successfully delivered since 2016, for another 3 years. The new contract will include not only provision of key aspects of the contract management function for the DPP but also for the pilot Low Calorie Diet (LCD) programme.
Diabetes is a leading cause of early death with over 22,000 deaths each year. Having diabetes doubles an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, heart failure, angina, strokes) and can lead to short or long-term complications including problems with your eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and feet. It also shortens average life expectancy.
There are now over 3 million people in England with a diagnosis of diabetes and approximately another million living with Type 2 diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed. The number has doubled over the last two decades and there are about 200,000 new diagnoses every year. Modelling suggests this could rise further to 4.7 million people living with the condition by 2030. Diabetes remains one of the fastest growing health conditions.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK and is the first nationally offered programme in the world. As part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed focus on prevention, the programme is being scaled up across England to deliver support to 200,000 people annually by 2023.
People can be referred on to the programme by their GP or Health Check provider, after having a blood test that confirms they are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Those referred receive tailored , personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including motivational support and education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help with weight loss (for overweight participants), and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Over a minimum of nine months, participants are offered 13 education sessions of one to two hours; at least 16 hours face to face or one-to-one in total. For those who cannot commit to attend sessions in person the programme is available as an online version. As a result, people who complete the programme lose weight and feel fitter and healthier.
From April 2020 SCW will manage the existing five DPP provider contracts, and ten new provider contracts for the LCD pilot programme. The contract involves monitoring provider contracts and performance against KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) from the reports and data that providers will be required to submit to us. We will also keep their planned levels of activity and consequent costs under review and provide update reports on progress and risks to the central team.
SCW Senior Contract Manager, Alan Raybould commented “SCW, from our experience of managing these contracts, has contributed to developing and improving the data reporting, invoice validation and contract management now included as part of the new framework. We are delighted to be able to continue our support of this important programme which has shown success in helping participants to lose weight with resultant improvements to their health and reductions in diabetes risk”.