NHS Low Calorie Diet

GP information

The new one-year programme to support a healthier lifestyle, weight loss, and remission of Type 2 diabetes.

The following areas are covered by Frimley Health and Care:
  • Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Yateley (these are all within NE Hamps)
  • Bracknell & Ascot, Slough, and Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead (these are all within E Berks).
  • Camberley, Bagshot, Lightwater, Frimley and Ash Vale (these are within Surrey Heath)

What is it?

  • A unique one-year programme combining specialist nutrition, psychology and physical activity
  • Supports rapid weight loss and long-term behaviour change 
  • Support throughout from your Health & Wellbeing diabetes practitioner via regular contact, with online learning and supporting resources 
  • Supported by GPs, practice nurses, diabetes practitioners, dietitians, clinical psychologists and exercise specialists  

How does it work? 

12 weeks of low-calorie diet (shakes and soups) followed by reintroducing food, focusing on movement and maintaining a new healthy eating lifestyle.

Features

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

The 12-month service will include:

  • An initial one-to-one assessment 
  • 20 sessions with your Health & Wellbeing diabetes practitioner
  • 26 online support modules
  • Final one-to-one assessment

How to refer

This unique programme is being offered to patients across Frimley.

Healthcare professional requirements

Refer:

After discussing the service with your patient and confirming eligibility for the pathway please complete the referral form which is embedded into your clinical system and send it to: Scwcsu.frimleylcd@nhs.net

Who’s eligible?

To be eligible for the programme, you must be:

  • Aged 18-65
  • Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last 6 years
  • A BMI of 27kg/m2 or higher (adjusted to 25kg/m2 or higher in people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) ethnic original)
    BMI obtained from self-measured weight is acceptable for referral. If this cannot be obtained, a clinic-measured value within the last 12 months may be used, provided there is no concern that weight may have reduced since last measured such that the individual would not be eligible for the LCD programme at present.
  • A HbA1c measurement taken within the last 12 months, with values as follows;
    • If on diabetes medication, HbA1c 43 mmol/mol or higher
    • If not on diabetes medication, HbA1c 48 mmol/mol or higher
    • In all cases, HbA1c must be 87 mmol/mol or lower
  • If there is any concern that HbA1c may have changed since last measured, such that repeat testing may indicate that the individual would not be eligible for the LCD programme at present, HbA1c should be rechecked before referral is considered
  • Have attended a monitoring and diabetes review when this was last offered, including retinal screening, and commit to continue attending annual reviews, even if remission is achieved

Exclusions:

  • Current insulin user
  • Pregnant or planning to become pregnant within the next 6 months
  • Currently breastfeeding
  • Has at least one of the following significant co-morbidities; active cancer, heart attack or stroke in last 6 months, severe heart failure (defined as New York Heart Association grade 3 or 4), severe renal impairment (most recent eGFR less than 30mls/min/1.73m2) or active liver disease (not including NAFLD) or active substance use disorder, active eating disorder, Porphyria, known proliferative retinopathy that has not been treated
  • Has weight loss of greater than 5% body weight in the past 6 months, or is currently on a weight management programme
  • Has had or is awaiting bariatric surgery (unless willing to come off waiting list)
  • Health professional assessment that the person is unable to understand or meet the demands of the NHS LCD Programme and/or monitoring requirements (due to physical or psychological conditions or co-morbidities)

Queries

Service queries: Fatima.hussain@icshealth.co.uk
Patient specific queries: Scwcsu.frimleylcd@nhs.net

Download info sheet here