“Thank you for your support in our bid for the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. I can confidently say that we would have not secured this without the skill, expertise and perseverance from the EMAHSN. The team were an absolute pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend the organisation to others who wish to pursue similar sorts of endeavours. We are very fortunate to have this level and expertise and support to help us in the East Midlands.”

Melanie J Davies CBE, MB ChB MD FRCP FRCGP, Professor of Diabetes Medicine, NIHR Senior Investigator

2. LDC pic Jack Sawyer Ingeus Melanie Davies LDC Chris Hart EMAHSN Kamlesh Khunti LDCWhat?

In 2015 NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK announced a call for bids to deliver the national “Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme” (NDPP).

The Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) – an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research, education and innovation - had developed a successful diabetes intervention. It wanted to bid to take part in the national programme but needed to find a partner with the capacity
and expertise to deliver the Leicester intervention on a national stage. EMAHSN supported LDC to identify a partner, then helped the partnership bid to be one of the deliverers of the national programme. Our expertise ensured LDC was able to negotiate a ‘win-win’ profit share partnership, ensuring their intellectual property remained protected and opportunities were maximised to benefit patients.


By 2030, 4.6m people are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes in the UK, driven by increasing obesity. NHS England estimates that £1 in every £10 of NHS funding goes on diabetes, costing £10bn a year. By 2030, levels of diabetes in the East Midlands are expected to rise to almost 400,000 – equating to 9.3% of the adult population, compared with 8.8% for England as a whole.

LDC has developed a proven intervention that effectively prevents the condition in the ‘at risk’ pre-diabetes population: the ‘Let’s Prevent’ Programme. They had resources capable of undertaking small scale deployments, but not the capability to roll out a nationwide prevention
programme, which is where we stepped in to help.

What's the impact?

  • EMAHSN’s support enabled LDC to identify and successfully negotiate a partnership agreement with Ingeus UK Ltd.
  • The partnership was chosen to be one of just 4 national suppliers of the national Diabetes Prevention Programme

  • So far the partnership has been selected to provide programmes for 7 regions in England.  This is benefiting thousands of people, including over 10,000 referred from the East Midlands, as of November 2017

What's next?

EMAHSN is continuing to provide advice and guidance to LDC and will help identify opportunities for LDC and Ingeus Ltd. to spread the programme further – both within the UK and abroad. We are awaiting the announcement of additional areas that will be offering the LDC programme going forward.

View a summary of the healthier you: NHS diabetes prevention programme here: