Diabetes Intervention Programme


Productive Primary Care and Diabetes and You are pleased to annouce a joint venture to provide a brand new intervention programme for general practice. Steps To Your Healthy Future is a year-long lifestyle intervention that addresses nutrition, movement and behavioural change for those with type 2 diabetes.

The challenge of diabetes has been recognised since 2001, when the National Service Framework for Diabetes set out a vision for diabetes services in England to be delivered by 2013. We are now at 2014 and this vision is far from being achieved. Between 2006 and 2011 the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in England increased by 25%, from 1.9 million to 2.5 million. Almost all – 90% – have type 2 diabetes. Spending on the condition accounts for around 10% of the NHS budget.

Diabetes is now the biggest single cause of amputation, stroke, blindness and kidney failure. Such complications account for about 80% of NHS spending on diabetes. Experts say much of this is preventable with health checks and better education – something the Department of Health says it is tackling.

Programme aim

The programme is designed for general practice to help them help patients better manage their care. The Steps to Your Healthy FutureTM programme is centred on behavioural change, empowering the patients to make informed choices about what will affect their condition and quality of life, with proven results in reducing the risk of potentially vast and often multifaceted complications arising from their condition (research in collaboration with a well respected University). Further to this, our programme looks to reduce the long-term costs to the NHS by reducing the long-term treatment of the patient, and making instant savings on hospital visits and care - typically an average of £186 for an initial visit to a diabetes specialist/ consultant, and £1,800 for the bed alone for 8 nights, which is the average stay in hospital per patient with diabetes. As the NHS’s resources become more stretched, patients’ self-management of their condition (which is the expectation of all policies and standards) seems less likely to be achieve.

 Target population

The target population for the Steps to Your Healthy FutureTM programme is:

 • those 20% that are hardest to reach and manage,

 • those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,

 • those who choose to use a holistic approach to managing their condition,

• those who are ready to engage on a type 2 diabetes education programme.

To download the Steps to a Healthy Future booklet click here.

Key benefits

• Decrease in long-term costs through reduction in HbA1c

• Decrease in the secondary costs and complications including psychological impacts such as depression.

• Aid QOF targets.

• Aid compliance with national and local policies and standards.

• Meets NICE guidelines

• Patients show sustained behaviour change

• Increase time for other patients.

• Increase patient satisfaction and well-being.

• Decrease risk of obesity and coronary heart disease

• Decrease death rate from type 2 diabetes

 Who should get in touch?

Any one from a GP practice or CCG lead for diabetes who wants to help patients better manage their care  and offer a result based intervention should get in touch.

Patient Quote

“After attending ‘Steps to Your Healthy Future,’  I can now control my diabetes while still having a normal and active life.”

To talk to one of our associates about taking part in the programme please contact Kate Walker on admin@productiveprimarycare.co.uk and we will arrange a convenient time to talk with you.


“As a result of the work done with Productive Primary Care (PPC), we have changed the way we work and improved access for patients by 200%”
Mr Chris Thompson, Stag Medical Practice, Rotherham

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