Path to Remission — The Lived Experience of the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme Learn more about the NHS path to remission programme through the patient experiences captured as part of the Re:Mission study.

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Chris Earl, 61 from Matlock, Derbyshire, took part in the programme from September 2022 to September 2023. He said: “My Type 2 Diabetes was picked up through my annual health MOT and, as I was 133kg at the time, I was offered the chance to join the programme. I was very determined to stick to the programme and needed the push to change – and it worked. My weight is now around 92kg.

“It is crucial to accept a whole lifestyle change. In the diet replacement stage, it takes a bit of getting used to drinking three litres a day and the soups are bland – I added herbs and spices. The hardest part of the programme was re-introducing proper meals and eating 1500 calories a day. I was lucky to have the support of my wife – we cook our meals together, using the menus from Diabetes UK and all fresh products. You have to be focused and self-reliant at this point as the meetings go down to only once a month.

“I have benefited from the programme in a big way, and am now joining a Diabetes UK regional committee. I am one of three participants working with Leeds Beckett on further research into the long-term effect of the programme, and how it can be improved to reach more diverse communities and socioeconomic groups.”

The programme became available in all areas of England from 1 April 2024.

The research team included an expert panel of patients with experience of living with obesity and/or Type 2 Diabetes, from diverse ethnic communities, who co-designed the study and were involved in every stage of the research.

The research received £1,502,156.92 of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research funding programme.

The patient experience research from the Re:Mission study was launched at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2024 on Wednesday 17 April, coinciding with the publication of a series of patient papers in a mini edition of the British Journal of Diabetes, a patient experience animated video and illustrated summary of the study. More information about the project can also be found on the Re:Mission website.