Spotlight on King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity

We shine a spotlight a on the King's Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity (KHP DEO) clinical academic partnership.

In England, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes with 5.3 million expected to be living with the condition by 2025.

In the UK, approximately two thirds of adults are obese or overweight. Annually obesity-related illnesses cost the NHS £6.1bn.

Living with diabetes, obesity and endocrine (the system of glands producing hormones) disorders can be incredibly challenging for mental and physical health, and can lead to other longer-term complications, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

KHP DEO brings together teams from across the partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of those living with diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders across London and beyond. Collectively we are the largest provider of diabetes and endocrinology services in Europe. Here are some of our highlights:

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We have established a new south east London Diabetes and Obesity Delivery Board with teams from the SEL Integrated Care System (ICS) and Health Innovation Network (HIN) so that diabetes care is joined up and inequalities are tackled to ensure patients get the same high quality service no matter where they are or who they are.

International H20 Health Outcomes Observatory project - we are co-leading the workstream to agree a standardised Patient Reported Outcomes set for diabetes, enabling improvements in several areas, including: availability and use of outcomes data, interactions between healthcare providers and patients, and health outcomes.

DEO spotlight logo 3We have piloted a novel integrated service for Type 1 Diabetes Disordered Eating – this innovative approach combines diabetes-focused mental health support with medical care, initially treating over 70 high-risk patients to reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life, and rolling out to help more patients across the system.

The Lancet Commission on Clinical Obesity is organised in partnership with the Lancet and King’s Health Partners and aims to achieve international agreement for how to define obesity with a series of expert-led webinars.

DEO spotlight logo 2We are transforming the journey of care patients with obesity receive with the ICS and the Acute Provider Collaborative to drive the SEL Specialist Obesity Transformation Programme 2022.

Up!Up! logoUp! Up! Living Lighter the African & Caribbean Way - a new culturally-tailored healthy lifestyle programme for those of Black, African & Caribbean heritage, collaboratively designed with local grass-root communities. Pilot groups offering support in conjunction with local facilities are now taking referrals in Lewisham.

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Get in touch with us at IDEO@kcl.ac.uk