Type 2 diabetes prevention and care

03 October 2017

Work in progress

We are currently undertaking work in order to produce this publication.  Details of when we aim to publish the finalised report is indicated below. 

We are currently undertaking work in order to produce this publication.  We aim to publish the finalised report late in 2017. 

There are two main types of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). In Northern Ireland, available statistics indicate that 88,000 people, or around 5.5 per cent of the population have been diagnosed with diabetes, and that around 90 per of these are Type 2 cases. The number of local people living with diabetes is increasing annually – and has risen by over 70 per cent between 2004-05 and 2015-16.

Whilst treatment costs of Type 2 diabetes have proved difficult to quantify with any precision, Diabetes UK (Northern Ireland) has estimated that, locally, they amount to around £400 million annually. This equates to over £1 million per day, or 10 per cent of the local health and social care budget. The costs of treating diabetes-related complications are particularly high, and may account for up to 80 per cent of overall healthcare spend on the condition. 

This study assesses the extent to which the Department of Health (the Department) and its health and social care partners have strong policy, strategies and information systems in place to meet the needs of people suffering, from Type 2 diabetes, or those at risk of developing the condition, whilst at the same time trying to minimise the significant cost burden which the condition is imposing on the local healthcare system.  

Our report deals with the following issues:

  • the development of local policy on Type 2 diabetes care, and the extent to which current arrangements provide an effective basis for dealing with the escalating prevalence of the condition.
  • assesses progress against challenges presented by four key areas which are essential to the delivery of effective diabetes care:
  • improving disease management for people with Type 2 diabetes to reduce complication rates;
  • establishing effective monitoring systems to identify and support those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes;
  • building the workforce capacity and capability to meet the needs of those suffering from Type 2 diabetes; and
  • introducing a range of interventions to help create an environment focused on prevention.
  • the performance of health care providers in delivering recommended care standards for Type 2 Diabetes and the impact on patient outcomes