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Diabetes Care & NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP)


Personalised support to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes

Important Diabetes Prevention Programme Update December 2023

Local funding support linked to GP practice referrals to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will cease on 31 December 2023.

Diabetes Care & Information – Coventry & Warwickshire Support

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We’re here to give Coventry & Warwickshire the support and information you need – NHS Diabetes

The diabetes work across Coventry and Warwickshire has been driven and supported by members of the NHS Integrated Care Partnership (CWICP) Diabetes Transformation Group, which is led by Public Health with support and involvement from local GPs with a Specialist Interest (GPwSI), hospital and community service providers, third sector organisations, Diabetes UK, and patients.


NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is part of the national programme which identifies people with Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia (NDH) and at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, referring them on to a behaviour change programme.

The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

The Healthier You DPP delivers both a face to face and digital service that enables participants to engage in 13 core curriculum themes, personalised to them, with each and every touchpoint being tailored to NDH and the benefits of risk reduction of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Patients can now self refer by completing a simple assessment via the Diabetes UK https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start . If  the score is over 16 the participant will be recommended to join the Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Update September 2022:

Removal of “Know Your Risk” Tool for Self-Referrals from 15th November 2022

Following a Diabetes Programme Board held by NHS England on 5th September, it was agreed that the ability to join the programme via the Diabetes Task Competence (DTC) pathway would be removed.

This is due to the risks associated with the absence of a blood result for those who self-refer and in order to ensure realignment with NICE guidance [PH38]. This is with a view of continuing to nationally market and promote the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk (DUK KYR) tool as a means of initial type 2 Diabetes risk assessment.

The DUK KYR tool plays an integral role in raising awareness around type 2 Diabetes, particularly amongst cohorts at higher risk of experiencing health inequalities, and we will continue to work closely with Diabetes UK on targeted marketing of the tool to support improvements in equity of access to the programme.

Individuals with a risk score of ‘moderate’ (between 16 – 24) or ‘high’ (between 25 – 47) will continue to be signposted to their GP surgery for a blood test and further assessment of eligibility into the programme, and all completers of the tool will have access to supporting resources from Diabetes UK and the NHS.

To support with this change, work will be undertaken with NHSE and Diabetes UK over the coming weeks to ensure that the necessary system updates and changes to marketing materials are implemented.

Coventry and Warwickshire STP has a new provider Xyla Health & Wellbeing from July 2022 offering the DPP to all self referring patients and practices who wish to refer their eligible NDH population into the programme.

As a GP or health professional, you will already be aware that the risk of Type 2 diabetes is significantly reduced if your patients make positive changes to their diet, weight and the amount of physical activity they do.

Your local Healthier You service can support your patients in taking action in all of these areas.

Taking this kind of action now is very important as it can reduce your patients’ risk of, or even stop the development of, the very serious health condition of Type 2 diabetes.

Who’s eligible?

Your patient is eligible if they are motivated to take part in light exercise and meets the following criteria:

  • Aged over 18
  • Not pregnant
  • Registered with a GP in Coventry & Warwickshire
  • HbA1c between 42-47 mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 5.5-6.9 mmol/l within the last 12 months
  • If patient has a history of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) then patient is eligible with HbA1c <42 mmol/mol or FPG <5.5mmol/l.
How to refer

To refer an individual to the Healthier You Programme, please ensure they meet the eligibility criteria then complete the referral form which is embedded into your clinical system and send it to:

NHS email: scwcsu.coventrywarwickshire@nhs.net


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