DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing)

More than €1.9m (£1.6m) of European funding has been secured by a cross-border partnership to develop a four year cross-European approach to tackling Type 2 diabetes.

Called 'DWELL', this latest initiative involves eight partners from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The programme will enable 1,000 patients in these countries with Type 2 diabetes to access tailored support, empowering them to self-manage their condition and improve their wellbeing.

A 12-week patient support programme of ‘pick and mix’ options and a training package for staff to deliver the programme in the years ahead will be designed by, and implemented in, all four countries represented in the partnership.

As a result of improving patients’ long-term health and wellbeing, it is estimated that the project will see a 30% per person reduction to state-funded health services per year - anticipated at €1.25m (£1.09m) per 1,000 patients per year.

The DWELL project was approved and funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund).