In preparation for ‘Healthier You’, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, areas across England were selected to become ‘demonstrator sites’. These sites agreed to test certain policies and procedures that would inform roll-out of the national programme.
SPHR researchers were commissioned by the Department of Health for England to evaluate the demonstrator site phase of ‘Healthier You’. To do this we reviewed documents provided for demonstrator site selection, interviewed stakeholders (service users, intervention deliverers, health care professionals and local public health commissioners), invited stakeholders to workshops with interactive focus group discussions and reviewed recruitment and data collection procedures.
Researchers communicated findings from the evaluation, and recommendations based on these findings, in reports that were passed to the Department of Health for England and the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Management Group. Researchers also spoke regularly with members of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Management Group. They found interest in and support for ‘Healthier You, but the opportunity to learn from the demonstrator site phase was limited by the pace at which the national programme was rolled out.
SPHR final report: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – process evaluation