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. Get more information
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 Downloads for leaflets in other languages.
IT Tools are available to support the referral of patients to the programme.
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 1 April 2022) (see attached FAQ on GDM inclusion from NHS England)
- 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 by using the Know Your Risk tool. Healthcare professional referrals are still preferred.
How to refer
The following clinicians can refer to this service:
GPs, Nurses, Any HCP can refer as long as they have a valid HbA1c for the patient (taken within previous 24 months)
Referral methods: Email
Complete the form called Diabetes Prevention Programme Referral Form NCL 2021 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note: 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 referrals above).
Where to find the form
In local EMIS global document library systems as follows:
- Barnet: BAR Global Documents > Referral Forms (BAR Global)
- Find the referral form, along with the Diabetes Prevention Programme Referral invitation letter as follows
- For Template Manager practices: Camden EMIS Forms page
- For Resource Publisher practices: Within your practice’s EMIS system (no import/action needed)
- Enfield: ENF Global Documents > Diabetes prevention programme
- Haringey: HAR Global Documents > Diabetes prevention programme
- Islington: ISL Global Documents > Diabetes prevention programme
Patients with a score of 16+ can self-refer by completing a Know Your Risk tool.
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