Diabetes: Health Education

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to increase attendance at diabetes education programmes.

Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to increase attendance at diabetes education programmes.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England invested over £10 million of transformation funding in 2017/18 and a similar amount in 2018/19 to provide additional structured education places in 137 clinical commissioning groups.

Since 2009/10, there has been an almost 70% increase in people recorded as being referred to structured education when newly diagnosed with diabetes, designed to help them manage their condition in the long term.

The Department, NHS England and Diabetes UK are working on ways to further improve the take up of structured education by looking at greater diversity of provision through digital and web-based approaches.

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