Living Well Taking Control and Liva Healthcare partner with NHS Shropshire CCG to prevent Type 2 diabetes

5 March 2020 10:26am

Liva Healthcare and Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) have announced new contract wins as part of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) with NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS Dorset CCG. Liva Healthcare will offer a digital service to complement LWTC’s face-to-face intervention programme in delivering Type 2 diabetes and obesity prevention.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most significant healthcare challenges of our time. The condition’s complications cost the NHS over £10 billion every year. But there is strong evidence that it’s onset can be prevented with an improved diet, an increase in physical activity and successful weight loss.

The Healthier You programme was officially launched in 2016 to support people who have a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Over 400,000 have been referred into the programme to date, with referral only available through their GP.

The national roll-out of the NHS DPP programme over the last year has seen face-to-face providers supported by digital partners. Liva Healthcare and LWTC are two such partners that work together on NHS contracts to deliver an integrated programme for patients.

Partnering for success

Building on their extensive combined experience, Liva Healthcare and LWTC have built a comprehensive service for patients living with pre-diabetes across the UK. The combined Liva Healthcare and LWTC service will be provided free of charge to patients at risk of Type 2 diabetes through a referral from their GP. Around 5,000 patients are expected to be treated in across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Dorset through this latest partnership over the course of a year.

Liva Healthcare provides patients with access to a free, dedicated, personal health coach for professional guidance, support and empathy. The regular coaching sessions help patients tackle chronic conditions through sustainable lifestyle and behaviour changes. The Liva programme has been proven to halt and reverse the progression of Type 2 diabetes.

LWTC is a Limited Liability Partnership between Birmingham-based social enterprise Health Exchange CIC and Exeter-based charity Westbank Community Health and Social Care. Each organisation has expertise in supporting individuals to change their lives by establishing new patterns of behaviour to improve their health and wellbeing. As a non-profit, LWTC is the only third sector provider in the NHS DPP programme.

The programme

The Liva and LWTC programme is based upon a combination of digital and traditional face-to-face support.

The LWTC programme consists of 13 sessions across nine months. The core programme is structured and designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning in a small classroom setting. Patients are allowed to bring a friend or family member, something which is key to their experience and progression.

Sessions cover key topics such as understanding the risks of diabetes, behaviour change techniques, healthy lifestyles and mental wellbeing. The interventions will be delivered by locally recruited teams in Dorset and Shropshire, utilising their local knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the best possible health outcomes for patients.

Alongside this, patients will be able to access the digital programme through Liva Healthcare and will receive a dedicated, personal coach for 9 months. The digital behaviour change programme begins with a personal video meeting between patient and coach. Throughout the service, the patient and the coach will have around 19 personal coaching sessions delivered through the app. The Liva coaching platform and patient app supports the patient with behaviour change tools such as smart goal setting and plans, lifestyle tracking, video communication and online peer-to-peer support to encourage participation and lasting lifestyle change.

Rune Bech, co-founder and UK head of Liva Healthcare, said: “We are seeing remarkable results from people going through Liva’s programme. Patients with chronic conditions like obesity, pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes have been able to halt or even reverse their conditions simply by providing personal health coaching.

“This unique relationship-based approach makes hard-won lifestyle changes long lasting and sustainable. By providing a digital solution, the Liva programme is scalable and cost-effective and supports health professionals to drive real change in their communities. This new partnership with the NHS and LWTC will help us help even more people live longer and better, which is why we go to work every morning.”

Russell Muirhead, clinical director for Living Well Taking Control said: “We’re pleased to be named as an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provider across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. We’re now busy working in partnership with the local health economy to meet the needs of the local communities from day one. This is vital given that over 11,000 people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our focus remains on recruiting passionate local coaches who care about their communities and making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Gail Fortes Mayer, programmes director at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said: “We look forward to working with Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) and Liva Healthcare, continuing to support people in Shropshire who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“A better awareness of the causes and prevention of the condition is crucial and could be the difference between a patient developing Type 2 diabetes or avoiding it completely.”