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From day one, we have been working with a number of partners on the

programme, and as we are moving towards implementation in the first

year, we are focused on seven pioneer sites and will be scaling up in the

years ahead. It is key that we are working in partnership with NHS

England and the NGO Diabetes UK. Alongside Public Health England,

these organisations are then informed by a wider stakeholder group

involving local government, other third sector providers, business sector

colleagues and those working in the academic sector, as evaluation is

important. A wider tier of stakeholders includes members of the public

who we are taking along with us as we develop and market the

programme. Here we are looking at our social media efforts.

This is a very deliberate programme of engagement that we implemented

from day one and have been scaling up as the programme continues.

How are you ensuring that the programme can adapt

and evolve to have the greatest impact over the

coming years?

One of the things we have been keen to do with the design of the

programme is to go back and conduct a systematic review of the

evidence in order to understand what the effective components of a

diabetes prevention programme are. We have been looking to what

lessons can be learnt from the Australians and the Americans given the

fact that they began this journey before us. From this literature review,

we have been able to determine the core components of an effective

programme and its successful implementation.

We are building those factors in as we develop our efforts. One of the

key lessons we have learnt from the United States is to try not to be too

experience of the implementation and scaling

of different approaches. Our European partners

have said that they would like to learn from us

in terms of how such a large scale programme

can be implemented quickly.

Thus, we are learning as we are doing, and we

are sharing as we are learning. That is going to

be really important for us with our European

partners moving ahead.

What role are key stakeholders playing

in terms of engaging with efforts?

The success of a programme such as the

diabetes prevention programme has so many

components within it. These include identifying

those at risk and the pre-diabetic individuals,

linking them into lifestyle management

programmes, and then monitoring their

outcomes and keeping them engaged in terms

of their health and wellbeing after the

intervention, meaning that reliance on a range of

stakeholders is needed – general practitioners,

colleagues who are commissioning the lifestyle

management services, and other stakeholders

who are involved with providing peer, social and

mental support, and counselling.

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Diet is central to the

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