13 new areas are now live and ready to offer a leading NHS prevention programme to patients identified at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Wave 2 of the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is part of a wider package of measures to support people with diabetes and those on the cusp of it, to stay fit, well and prevent further deterioration.
The programme, which is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, was officially launched last year with 27 areas covering 26 million people – almost half of the country. The latest figures reveal the programme is making good progress, with just under 50,000 people referred in Wave 1 and more than 18,000 on the programme at the end of April. This exceeds the original target set in the NHS Mandate of 10,000 referrals during 2017/18.
Wave 2 areas will cover another 25% of the population, with an estimated 130,000 referrals and up to 50,000 additional places made available thanks to the expansion. Funding has also been agreed for another 12 months in the 27 sites currently up and running.
Wave 2 sites
The sites included in wave 2 are as follows:
- Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton
- Bucks, Oxford and Berkshire West
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight
- Black Country
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
- North Central London
- South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
- Greater Manchester
- Lancashire and South Cumbria
- West Yorkshire
- Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire