Some patients in Swindon are now able to benefit from the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). 

A free, nine-month course that supports people to become more active and enjoy a healthier way of living, NDPP operates nationwide but has recently been rolled out across Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset. 

The long-term goal of the programme is to enable people identified as at-risk of developing diabetes to take control of their own health and wellbeing. 

Each NDPP group can provide support for up to 25 people, with sessions usually held in easy-to-access venues, such as community centres and village halls. 

Who is eligible for NDPP?

Currently, only people who meet the criteria below are able to participate: 

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Not already diagnosed with diabetes
  • Not pregnant at time of referral
  • Are physically able to take part in the course

 

How to sign up

Patients cannot self-refer to NDPP and should speak to their GP if they feel the course could be of benefit to them. 

In some cases, routine health checks - that reveal a risk of diabetes - may lead to a patient being offered a place on the course. 

 

Further information

The National Diabetes Prevention Programme should not be confused with X-PERT, which is a similar educational course operating solely in Bath and Wiltshire, but for people already diagnosed with diabetes. 

More information about X-PERT can be found by clicking here or by visiting www.xperthealth.org.uk

Further details around NDPP is available online by clicking here