Redbridge council has been awarded funding to address Health Inequalities in North East London. As part of their proposal they want to pilot the use of wearable technology, alongside physical activity and nutritional interventions, to see if it  is an effective approach to improving engagement, uptake and sustainability of lifestyle changes for Type 2 Diabetes prevention.

Aims and Objectives of pilot

This pilot aims to deliver the following objectives:

  • To test an approach to reducing health inequalities in areas of deprivation, utilising wearable technology as part of lifestyle interventions to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in those aged 40 years and under.
  • To contribute to the growing evidence base for the use of wearable technology to improve health .
  • To contribute to local understanding about the integration of digital technology with clinical services.
  • To improve understanding of the health needs and behaviours of those at greatest risk of poor health in Redbridge.

Research Questions

Can the use of wearable technology as part of a package of wider lifestyle support contribute to effective prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in those at high risk and the reduction of health inequalities in areas of high deprivation, in comparison to standard care?

  • Is the use of wearable technology acceptable for use in health interventions among populations at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes, including areas of ethnic diversity and high levels of deprivation?
  • Is the use of wearable technology and lifestyle change an effective approach to prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in younger populations (those aged under 40 years)?

Georgina Maratheftis

Georgina Maratheftis

Associate Director, Local Public Services, techUK

Leontina Postelnicu

Leontina Postelnicu

Head of Health and Social Care, techUK

Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Social Care, techUK

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Team Assistant - Markets, techUK