Smokefree diabetes: The innovative education programme suporting people with Type 2 Diabetes to stop smoking
Leena Sankla Director of Public Health & Life Style Services, Solutions 4 Health, Reading
Diabetes UK is calling for more support for people with diabetes to stop smoking as many are not being offered support & advice about quitting. Solutions4Health has developed this innovative model to support those specifically with LTC’s.
Smokefree Diabetes is an innovative, free support service helping type-2 diabetes clients to stop-smoking and manage their condition. The Steps4YourHealth programme includes a six week group course with sessions lasting two and a half hours.
- Preparing to quit smoking
- What is type 2 diabets? What impact does smoking and diabetes pose to my health?
- My Quit Date - managing a smokefree life and nutrition for life
- Movement that matters
- Ripple effect and support
- How to stay healthy
The early results of this innovative integrated approach are extremely encouraging:
- Clients have successfully quit smoking
- Clients have a greater understanding of how to manage their condition through simple lifestyle changes
Steps4YourHealth is currently being rolled out across Berkshire West CCG and is going through clinical research with Portsmouth University. We have received great feedback and support from all healthcare professionals and we aspire to roll the programme nationally.
Leena is a Director of Public Health and Lifestyle Services with overall responsibility for a number smoking cessation projects across England, commissioned by Local Authorities. Her particular expertise is with hard to reach groups, specifically black minority & ethnic (BME) groups, socially deprived groups and routine and manual workers.
She has worked closely on a number of health watch TV programmes and has lectured for the WHO at St Georges Hospital, International Centre for Drug Policy, and works closely with the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC), at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Leena is also a Master Trainer on Chronic Disease Self Management from Stanford University.
Source of funding: Berkshire wide (on behalf of 6 unitary authorities).