Programme eligibility criteria has been expanded for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to include women with a past diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and a normoglycaemic blood reading within the last 12 months (temporarily extended to 24 months).
Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) is a face-to-face and tailored behavioural change programme available to people who are found to be pre-diabetic on their blood tests (HbA1c 42-47 mmol/mol) or patients with a past diagnosis of GDM. Due to COVID-19 this service is currently being delivered remotely, through telephone, group video conference, and internet resources.
The nine-month programme offers patients advice on diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle through a range of support including sessions, motivational interviewing and digital elements including an app with videos.
Patients that are unable to obtain a blood test due to COVID-19 can now self-refer by completing the ‘know your risk’ tool . Participants with a score of 16+ are eligible to register. For more information, visit the preventing diabetes webpage.
Many people who are eligible for the programme do not speak English as a first language and, as such, should not be referred through mail-shots. See leaflets in other languages below.
The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has developed an e-learning module on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme for GPs, practice nurses and other practice staff. The free 30-minute module is CPD-accredited and covers:
- what non-diabetic hyperglycaemia is
- what the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is
- how it works
- who is eligible
It can be accessed by creating a free account on the RCGP learning site.
- aged 18 and over
- women with a past diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and a normoglycaemic blood reading within the last 12 months (temporarily extended to 24 months until March 2022).
- registered with a north central London STP GP practice
- not pregnant
- able to take part in light/moderate physical activity
- HbA1c between 42-47 mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 5.5-6.9 mmols/l within the last 24 months
- eligible participants are now able to self-refer to the programme online if they have a Diabetes UK risk score of 16+ which can be calculated here. Healthcare professional referrals are still preferred.
How to refer
The following clinicians can refer to this service: