Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Healthier you - NHS diabetes prevention programme logoGestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugarĀ (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.

Every year in England, out of the approximate 700,000 women that give birth, it is estimated that around 30,000 have GDM. Up to 50% of women diagnosed with GDM develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years of diagnosis with an ongoing elevated risk thereafter. Diabetes is a leading cause of sight loss in people of working age. It is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents), and people with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes.

Research shows the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has reduced new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in England, saving thousands of people from the potentially serious consequences of the condition. It cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than a third for people completing the programme.

How can you reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes?

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), is a behaviour change programme that supports people identified as being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over nine months, participants receive personalised support with practical tools and advice on healthy eating and lifestyle, increasing physical activity and weight management, all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is free of charge for eligible people to access.

How is the programme delivered?

The Healthier You programme is available as a face-to-face group, a digital service and a group-based video-conference service specifically for women with GDM. When you speak to your provider, you will be able to choose your preferred option.

Who can self-refer into the programme?

  • Individuals with a history of GDM
  • Individuals with current GDM (i.e. who are currently pregnant, can only start the programme post-pregnancy)
  • There are some eligibility requirements people must meet including:
    • Individuals must be aged 18 years or over
    • Individuals must not have an existing or previous diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

How can I access the programme?

If you have a history of GDM or a current diagnosis you can self-refer to the Healthier You programme. All you need to do is find the area/locality you live in from the list below and click on the provider name to find out how to join the programme.

If you are unsure of which area you come under, please e-mail

Locality Provider
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Xyla
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Thrive Tribe
Hertfordshire and West Essex Living Well Taking Control
Mid and South Essex Xyla
Norfolk and Waveney Xyla
Suffolk and North East Essex Xyla
Locality Provider
Birmingham and Solihull Living Well Taking Control
Coventry and Warwickshire Xyla
Derby and Derbyshire Thrive Tribe
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Living Well Taking Control
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Xyla
Lincolnshire Xyla
Northamptonshire Living Well Taking Control
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Living Well Taking Control
Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Living Well Taking Control
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Reed Wellbeing
Black Country Living Well Taking Control
Locality Provider
North Central London Living Well Taking Control
North East London Thrive Tribe
North West London Thrive Tribe
South East London Thrive Tribe
South West London Thrive Tribe
Locality Provider
Humber North Yorkshire Xyla
West Yorkshire Reed Wellbeing
South Yorkshire Reed Wellbeing
North East and North Cumbria Reed Wellbeing
Locality Provider
Greater Manchester Reed Wellbeing
Cheshire and Merseyside Reed Wellbeing
Lancashire and South Cumbria Reed Wellbeing
Locality Provider
Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Xyla
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Living Well Taking Control
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Thrive Tribe
Devon Xyla
Dorset Living Well Taking Control
Gloucestershire Xyla
Somerset Xyla
Locality Provider
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Living Well Taking Control
Frimley Health Xyla
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Xyla
Kent and Medway Living Well Taking Control
Surrey Heartlands Living Well Taking Control
Sussex Xyla