Roll out of the Programme

In June 2016 the process for roll out of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) began with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, half of the population, and making up to 20,000 places available. 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.

The programme will roll out to the whole country by 2020 with an expected 100,000 referrals available each year after.

Our 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.

Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Over a minimum of nine months patients will be offered at least 13 education and exercise sessions of one to two hours; at least 16 hours face to face or one-to-one in total.

The areas taking part are:

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Berkshire Birmingham
Black Country Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Bucks, Oxford and Berkshire West
Bury Cambridge and Peterborough Camden
Cheshire and the Wirral Cornwall and Isles of Scilly County Durham
Cumbria Derbyshire Dudley
East and North Hertfordshire East Midlands Essex
Gloucestershire Greater Lincolnshire Greater Manchester
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Herefordshire Lancashire and South Cumbria
Leeds Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton Norfolk and Norwich
North Central London North East London Oldham
Rochdale Sefton Sheffield
South East South London South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
St Helen’s West London West Yorkshire