NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme
The NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is a new, innovative and FREE service for people with Type 2 diabetes.
What is the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme?
Often termed the ‘NHS Soups and Shakes’ diet, and formerly known as the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme, the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is a free new service for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Combining specialist nutrition, psychology and physical activity, the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme promotes rapid weight loss, long term behaviour change and type two diabetes remission.
You’ll be supported throughout the programme by your Health and Wellbeing Diabetes Practitioner via regular contact, with online learning and supporting resources.
The programme is also supported by GPs, practice nurses, diabetes practitioners, dietitians, clinical psychologists and exercise specialists
How does the programme work?
First, we’ll help you to kickstart your weight loss over 12 weeks with a low-calorie diet (shakes and soups).
After this, we’ll use a carefully managed plan to reintroduce healthy, nutritious food into your diet and focus on movement and maintaining a new healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the programme you will be fully-supported and monitored by expert clinicians and coaches to make sure you have everything you need to develop and maintain a healthy new lifestyle.
We will work together over 12 months, and the support you will receive during this time will include:
- An initial one-to-one assessment
- 20 sessions with your Health & Wellbeing diabetes practitioner
- 39 online support modules
- A final one-to-one assessment
What is Type 2 diabetes remission?
Remission in people with Type 2 diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are no longer in the range for diabetes, without needing to take any diabetes medication.
Research from the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), and the Doctor Referral of Overweight People to Low Energy total diet replacement Treatment (DROPLET), tells us that remission is most likely to be achievable closer to your diagnosis – and is strongly linked to weight loss.
Some people call this reversing Type 2 diabetes, but we prefer the term ‘remission’ because your Type 2 diabetes can come back.
There’s no guarantee you will reach remission as the research so far suggests that it isn’t possible for everyone. However, there are many other benefits to losing extra weight. If you adhere to the programme you can expect to lose ~10% of your starting weight or more.
Where are we offering the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme?
We are offering this programme in the following seven areas:
- Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes
- Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
- Kent & Medway
- West Yorkshire
Why should you join the programme?
Three-staged programme focused on helping individuals achieve their health goals
Achieve diabetes remission (target glucose levels with no medication)
Online programme resources which are accessible 24/7
Free sessions, support and resources throughout the year
Am I eligible for the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme?
To be eligible for the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme, you must be:
- Registered with a GP practice in one of our locations
- Aged 18–65 years
- Have had a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes within the last 6 years
- Have a BMI over 27 kg/m2 (or over 25 kg/m2 if you are of Black, Asian or minority ethnic origin) To check your BMI click here
- You also need to meet various other eligibility criteria and be willing to commit to the 12 month programme to be referred to the service
Here’s what one of our service users had to say…
“I feel so much healthier and have lost 5 stone 3.5lbs, my HBA1c levels have gone from 63 to 38
Karen, from Derbyshire
And a few words from one of our Diabetes Practitioners…
“As a Diabetes Practitioner I believe the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme provides hope for those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
The LCD programme has benefited my Service Users by placing them on the path to remission, which will allow them to take charge of their health, improve their quality of life and reduce the risk of developing health complications from Type-2 Diabetes.”
Amy Carman | Senior Engagement Lead & Diabetes Practitioner
How to join the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme
If the programme is being offered to residents in your area, talk to your healthcare professional to sign up for the programme.
Please note you will need to meet various other eligibility criteria, be willing to commit to the 12-month programme and you need a referral from your GP to be referred to the service.
Not registered with a GP?
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