OurPath selected by the NHS as a digital provider for the Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme

Tamara Willner
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Tamara Willner

14th November 2017

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve been selected as one of the providers for the digital stream of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme!

The OurPath programme will be rolled out to thousands of NHS patients at risk of type 2 diabetes in different parts of the country. The programme helps them make changes to their lifestyle and prevent or delay the onset of this life-changing disease.

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The cost of type 2 diabetes

There are currently more than 3 million people already living with type 2 diabetes in the UK, and five million people in England at high risk of developing the disease.

Current trends suggest that one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop type 2. Type 2 diabetes currently costs the NHS over £9bn a year. The human cost? More than 22,000 early deaths every year, not to mention complications like limb loss, blindness, heart and kidney disease.

Behavioural interventions like the OurPath programme, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The NHS launched the Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) in 2016 to support people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. They’re now evaluating the effectiveness of digital prevention programmes.

Why digital diabetes prevention?

Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said: “So much else in our lives is now about online social connection and support, and that now needs to be true too for the modern NHS. This new programme is the latest example of how the NHS is now getting practical and getting serious about new ways of supporting people stay healthy.”

There are pitfalls to in-person programmes which online programmes like OurPath can solve. It works for people that aren’t able to attend or travel to in-person sessions, for example. We can also be responsive to new evidence and collect data on outcomes more easily. Most importantly, online programmes are easily scalable to the huge number of people at risk of type 2.

We’ve already published some very positive results in the Future of Healthcare journal. People using the programme achieved an average of 8.2% weight loss at 6 months (about 7 kilos!) and a 50% reduction in risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

We’re looking forward to hopefully replicating those results in the NHS pilot.

Want more information on our diabetes prevention programme?

Read the official NHS press release here, or find out more about the OurPath programme here. Worried about whether you’re at risk? Find out more about the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

While we’re being trialled by the NHS in certain areas, people are also able to self-refer privately, whether they are at risk of type 2 or simply looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

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1 July, 2022

I have just finish the 12 months program on diabetes prevention, it’s helped me greatly to improved my wellbeing . I was 83kg before i started the program now am 80kg and a lot of symptoms i was having before i started are not there anymore i changes in my life. Because i change my eating habits of not eating healthy and improved exercise reading my hand books to know more about my diet and exercise. I will continue to work towards my goal to be free from developing type 2 diabetes, i say thank you to the program keep on your good work,


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Lewis Hill

8 February, 2021

Would like to know what is suitable to eat if diabetes is diagnosed

Des Cahill

3 February, 2021


Dianne Unsworth

1 February, 2021

My GP has told me about this programme I recently have had bloods done and its 42 so borderline diabetic


2 January, 2021

I’m a stone overweight and I have been suffering from heartburn for years.

Francene Broadway

31 December, 2020

I am over weight and my family has history of diabetes. Can I sign up for this please.



Amy Groome

8 January, 2021

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Parvaiz Ahsan

23 October, 2020

Dears How can I be part of this program or others. I am very keen.

Amy Groome

1 December, 2020

Hi Parvaiz, it’s great to hear that you’re interested in the programme! To find out more and to get signed up, just take our health quiz here

Christopher Gorman

18 October, 2020

I’m at risk

Amy Groome

1 December, 2020

Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. You can find out more about how Second Nature can help you by taking our health quiz here

Brian Smith

1 September, 2020

I am type 2 and having difficulties with high sugar levels Would like to get onto this trial, how do I start?

Julie Eldridge

27 August, 2020

I have type 2 diabetes how can I sign up for this?

David Johnson

29 July, 2020

I am recovering from a hip operation. I broke my left femur near the hip twice, the result of accidents when I fell over. I would like some exercises to relieve my hip. I walk with one crutch. The accidents occured in November 2019 and in February 2020. I am 80 years old.

Donna Willows

10 April, 2020


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15 March, 2020


Shirley Lydon

12 March, 2020

First 3 of list that’s me

Tim Myhill

11 March, 2020

I have received a letter today offering a place on the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention onward to Programme. I would like to confirm my interest in joining the programme.
I look forward to hearing from you.

ray kelly

11 March, 2020

Refer to your letter of 3 March and am interested in the Programme.

Kind regards

Ray Kelly

Ian saward

28 February, 2020

Hi it’s been recommended by my go to contact you as I am in the at risk category. Service id sufg90

Kind regards Ian

Nenita Smith

21 February, 2022

I had been diagnosed Cardiomypathy.
Unable to do exercise to keep a healthy wieght.
2 of my brothers had diabetes
Would like to learn more how to avoid diabetes
I had Breast cancer 22 years ago

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