Healthy Living Programme for type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. If untreated, it can cause very serious health problems.

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes means that looking after your health has become even more important. You can make simple changes to your lifestyle that make a big difference to how your diabetes progresses.

The Healthy Living Programme for type 2 diabetes is for everyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes over 18 living in Torbay and South Devon.

The course is not suitable for:

  • those under 18
  • those who are at risk of developing diabetes (Non-diabetic hypoglycaemia/prediabetes)
  • those with type 1 diabetes
  • those who are pregnant

How to access type 2 diabetes education

You can be referred to this programme by your GP practice or you can self-refer by completing the self-referral form below, using the CONNECTPlus app or by calling us on 0300 456 1006. Please see below section ‘NHS app’, for the information you will need when you self-refer.

Self-referral form

This course is only for people with confirmed type 2 diabetes over the age of 18 who are not pregnant. Please complete the below referral form (click to open).

    Please complete the following details:

    o Are you able to access the information online and via an app?

    Is there any specific support you would need to help you get the most out of the course, or to support you to access the course? E.g. support around mobility, hearing loss, sight loss, is a translator needed, dyslexia, or anxiety.

    Are there any special conditions? e.g. Malabsorption states, Inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, Eating disorders, Food intolerances, Renal disease, BMI < 20.


    Please click the "Submit referral" button once. The form may take a moment to submit. A thank you message will appear if successful.

    Once the team receives your referral form we will send you an email confirmation with details of your booking and further course information. If you have not received an email within a week of completing the booking form please check your junk folder as sometimes the email can go there.

    For information on what we do with your data, please see our privacy notice.

    If you need additional support in accessing diabetes education please give us a call on 0300 456 1006 or email Torbay Lifestyles to discuss how we can support you.

    NHS app

    In order to self-refer you will need your NHS number, your date of diagnosis and HbA1c, cholesterol and Body Mass Index (BMI) readings. These can be found on your records using the NHS app. If you are able to access the NHS app we recommend that you do so as it allows you to view your readings and medical information.

    The NHS app can be used to:

    • View your health records securely
    • View your NHS number
    • Order repeat prescriptions
    • Get health information and advice
    • Book and manage appointments
    • If you have an email address and a mobile phone number you can access your test results using the NHS app

    To have an NHS account and use the NHS app or NHS website to access NHS services, you must be aged 13 or over and registered with an NHS GP surgery in England. The NHS app is available on iOS and Android, or you can access your NHS account using the NHS website.

    For details on how to access the NHS app please visit The NHS Website – Getting started with the NHS app.

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