Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP)

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COVID-19 notice

This service continues to accept routine referrals. The service is now delivered entirely remotely, through telephone calls and internet resources. NB: in order to fast-track referrals, NHS England have now opened up a self-referral route. Participants with a Diabetes UK risk score of 16+, can self-refer to NDPP (see the risk score calculator). GP referrals are still preferred and due to pressures on phlebotomy services, blood test criteria has been extended to a qualifying reading within the past 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).  Due to COVID-19 this is currently being offered over telephone, group video conference, or online through apps and websites.  

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. It is delivered over 13 sessions with a minimum of 16 hours of contact time. Most 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.

IT Tools are available to support the referral of patients to the programme.

Eligibility criteria


  • aged 18 and over
  • 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, although healthcare professional referrals are still preferred

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Send a completed EMIS form by email (Please note that patients with language requirements should not be referred through email. This is so that the provider can ensure that there is an appropriate coach available to call the patient when the referral is received – see telephone number above).

The following forms can be found on the EMIS forms page:

  • Diabetes Prevention Programme Referral form
  • Diabetes Prevention Programme Referral invitation letter

e: scwcsu.ncl@nhs.net


Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Send a completed form by email.

See the Diabetes Prevention Programme invitation letter in the Downloads.

e: scwcsu.ncl@nhs.net


Patients with a score of 16+ can self-refer by completing a Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Assessment.

t: 0333 577 3010

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