Diabetes Prevention Programme - Self-Referral Launch July 2020
People who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes will be fast-tracked into the flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced today. People can find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by using the ‘Know Your Risk Tool’ and be sign posted to their local Provider If their score comes back as moderate or high, they will now be able to refer themselves to a local Healthier You service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional. Please click here to be taken to the Know Your Risk Tool or copy and paste the following link into your web browser
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: "The evidence is now in: obesity can double your chance of dying from coronavirus. So this pandemic is a call to arms to adopt medically-proven changes in what we eat and how we exercise. That's why the NHS is going to accelerate its offer to help, including through wide uptake of our Diabetes Prevention Programme which helps people shift the pounds, avoid Type 2 diabetes, and also slash the risk of severe coronavirus."
Those who qualify will be able to choose how they complete the programme, either by joining group sessions by video link or telephone with an experienced coach or through digital support, which includes online peer support groups and in some areas, wearable tech.
Please note this is in addition to practices or other organisations still able to refer patients to the programme too but aiming to increase uptake and target inequalities.
During 2019 the number of consultations that our Practice Team had with patients was 60727 , (i.e. approximately 4.6 Consultations Per Patient.)