The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme identifies patients who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and refers them to a behaviour change programme.
The programme currently consists of face-to-face appointments, where patients get tailored, individualised help such as lifestyle education, advice on how to lose weight healthily and sustainably, and a personalised exercise programme. All of these interventions have been shown together to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes developing.
Oxfordshire is also currently part of a trial programme to provide this same support and advice remotely through digital interventions such as: wearable technologies to monitor exercise, apps to connect patients with health coaches, online peer support groups, and electronic goal setting and monitoring.
You can self-refer to NHS DPP if your GP has sent you a letter explaining that you are at risk of type 2 diabetes. This is quantified by an HbA1c reading of 42-47mmol/mol or a fasting plasma glucose of 5.5-6.9mmols/l, from within the last 12 months. In order to complete your referral, you will need information from the letter, including:
- Your NHS number
- Latest HbA1c or fasting plasma glucose reading (and date of test)
- GP surgery name
If you believe you are eligible for NHS DPP, you can self-refer.