The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)
This programme is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK to identify and provide support for people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It aims to delay or prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes by supporting people to achieve a healthy weight, be physically active and adopt a healthy diet.
NHS Birmingham South Central CCG continues to work with the NHS DPP National Programme Team since 2015 to support its implementation and roll out across the region.
Who is the programme for?
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is designed for people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Some of the known risk factors can't be changed, but there are others you have control of every day and you can affect your level of risk by the choices you make.
The risk of Type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly by reducing your weight, increasing the amount of physical activity that you do and improving your diet. Your local Healthier You: NHS DPP service can support you in taking action in all these areas.
If you are not sure whether or not you are at risk, you can use this Risk Assessment tool to find out. If the results indicate that you are at high risk of developing diabetes, ask your GP for a blood test to check your status and refer you to the programme.
How can you join the programme?
You can access the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in the following ways:
- Your GP or nurse may have told you that you are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes - ask them to refer you to your local Healthier You service
- You may have discovered in your NHS Health Check that you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes - ask the Health Check professional to refer you to your local Healthier You service
- You may have had your risk assessed at a local event or by using an online assessment tool - if you think you are at a high risk you can ask your practice nurse to arrange the necessary blood tests and if the risk is confirmed you can ask for a referral to your local Healthier You service
GP and other healthcare professionals can find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to refer patients here.