In 2017, Leicester became the first UK and the third European city to join the global programme. Leicester was selected on a number of criteria, including the strength of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, who is leading the work; having an ethnically and culturally diverse population; and as a city, it is both passionate and motivated in supporting its community members to help prevent type 2 diabetes and support those who live with it on a daily basis.
Leicester is home to one of the largest populations of people with diabetes in the UK, with around 9% of residents diagnosed with the condition – well above the national average. Of those, 93% have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which translates to approximately 28,500 people in Leicester living type 2 diabetes. Based on screening data, it is thought there are a further 6,600 who are living with diabetes, but not yet been diagnosed.
Leicester was announced as the first UK city to join the Cities Changing Diabetes network in autumn 2017. The Leicester Diabetes Centre, based at the Leicester General Hospital is leading the work in Leicester alongside key stakeholders such as The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, Leicester City Council, Leicester’s sports clubs amongst others.
The Leicester Diabetes Centre is Europe’s largest diabetes facility and is responsible for world-leading clinical research, evidence-based education and cutting-edge innovation. As a partnership and collaboration between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the University of Leicester, with strong links to local City Commissioning Groups, the Centre is uniquely placed, bringing together clinical care, primary care and academia.