The NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’ and Public Health England’s ‘Evidence into Action’ set out a joint ambition “to be the first country to implement at scale a national evidence-based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme”.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) aims to identify those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and refer them onto an intensive behaviour change programme. The programme provides support to reduce participants risk by improving nutrition, achieving a healthy weight and increasing physical activity. There is strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
In June 2016 we began the process for roll out of the Healthier You: NHS DPP. We are now in a position to support the remaining areas of England where the programme is not currently operational.
In 2016 contracts were awarded to four framework providers through commercial competition, and we mobilised services in 27 areas across England covering 26 million people, half of the population. In April 2017 the programme mobilised across a further 13 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP), achieving 75% nationwide coverage.
By April 2017 over 48,000 people had been referred to the service with 18,000 people commencing on programmes to date. It is our ambition to roll out the service to all remaining areas of England, which are not currently included in the programme, during 2018.
Our Intention and Year 3 Roll Out Approach
To align with new business planning arrangements and promote joint working across local health economies, we plan to roll the programme out going forward across STPs. Because the programme was launched prior to 2016, the first phase of roll-out was not aligned around STPs, as they did not exist at that time. There will, therefore, be some STPs where there is already partial coverage of the programme in place. In these areas we propose to re-procure for whole STP geographies, as the current partial contracts expire in June or July 2018.
We are now working with remaining STPs to develop plans for identifying and referring eligible individuals into the NHS DPP.
We are asking all CCGs and local authority partners across the STP to work together to submit the required documentation and submissions should be on behalf of the whole STP.
Documents containing the information required regarding the process, as well as further information on the NHS DPP and tools to assist in the preparation of the paperwork are contained below and on GOV.UK website.
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