• Date awarded: February 2020
  • Awarded value: £46,000
  • Fund: General Fund
  • Location: Fife-wide

A trainee health psychologist has been employed in a 2 year fixed term training post to work with the Fife Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Partnership, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland.

A health psychologist will work with the NHS Fife workforce to develop feasible and sustainable interventions to prevent or reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable, reversible endocrine disorder which is associated with increased risks of heart disease, stroke, metabolic disorders, obesity, cancer and many other associated health conditions. You are more at risk of type 2 diabetes if you are overweight or obese. Fife’s prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is 5.4%. The number of people who are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes by being overweight in NHS Fife staff is estimated to be 69%.

To prevent Type 2 diabetes in our staff, we need to help them to be a healthy weight, eat well and be physically active. For some staff this may be easy to achieve, but for others this requires a change in behaviour, either in relation to sedentary behaviours, or their eating patterns.