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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Update

Mon 11 Apr 2016

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Update from NHS DPP Director, Dr Jim O’Brien

We are happy to announce that the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) will commence a phased roll out and delivery in England. The commitment by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK stems from the realisation that as a nation we cannot sit back and allow the over 5 million people who are at risk of becoming diabetic to progress to the condition and not do something about it.

Type 2 Diabetes represents 90% of all diabetes and it’s largely caused by lifestyle factors which can be modified. The NHS Diabetes Prevention programme will offer people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes the opportunity to take action to reduce their risk factors. We are delighted that we can now start to make this programme available to people at risk.

Since March last year when the development phase of the programme was launched, we have developed the evidence base that underpins the programme, working with 7 demonstrator sites to understand what works in practice and to identify some of the challenges and solutions to inform national implementation. At the same time these sites have referred over five and a half thousand people to diabetes prevention interventions.

In parallel the programme has been also run a significant procurement exercise to select providers that will sit on a national framework. These providers will deliver the NHS DPP intervention in local health economies. The framework of four providers was announced today as:

  • Reed Momenta 
  • Pulse Healthcare Limited trading as ICS Health and Wellbeing
  • Health Exchange CIC
  • Ingeus UK Limited 

The programme has also been working with local health economies to identify where we will roll out the first wave of the programme.10 areas (which cover 48 CCGs and 32 local authorities) will be the first areas to contract with providers on the national framework from this April. These areas have been collaborating and producing local prospectuses to help providers to develop locally contextulised service offerings and also developing their identification and referral processes. The first 10 Areas are:

  • Leeds
  • Cumbria
  • Lincolnshire
  • Durham
  • South London
  • East London
  • Berkshire
  • Birmingham
  • Herefordshire
  • East Midlands

Following the first round of local procurements we will quickly run a second round commencing in May for a further 17 areas (covering 63 CCGs and 35 local authorities). Further sites will come on board later in the year. 

This March also saw the launch of One You, a  new Public Health England campaign to encourage adults to make healthy lifestyle changes and reduce their risk of a range of conditions well timed to coincide with the launch of the NHS DPP.

I and members of the programme team have attended a number of events up and down the country recently, including the NHS Health Checks conference in London and the Diabetes UK conference in Glasgow. Speaking with commissioners, providers and service users, feedback is that the NHS DPP fits well into the local and national strategy to reduce the health burden of lifestyle related conditions on our health system. The programme has been welcomed as a tool to support people who need that little push to reduce their risk. We are therefore excited to get this first of its kind programme off the ground.