Phase Three - managing the risk of CVD in patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Phase Three of the West Yorkshire Healthy Hearts project focuses on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with Type 2 Diabetes by introducing the addition of Sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2i) medication if their current treatment is not adequately controlling their HBA1c levels.

Sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2i) therapies have robust evidence for significantly reducing CVD outcomes in people with Type 2 Diabetes who have either established CVD or are at risk of developing CVD.

The proposed diabetes treatment guidance has been developed for use in primary care and has been created following extensive stakeholder engagement across West Yorkshire with the approval of the West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee. 

The simplified treatment guidance, adapted from the work that has started to be developed in Leeds and other regions across the country, aims to facilitate the work of primary care in managing the CVD risk in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Evidence shows that SGLT2i can lower HBA1c levels significantly, reduce weight and lower blood pressure.

Clinical resources for primary care

Treatment guidance





  • UCLPartners clinical resources:
                                                      2. Education, training and resources to support self-management and behaviour change
  'Be active is important for your diabetes' leaflet: a leaflet developed by Moving Medicine to help patients understand why being     active can help improve their health and keep under control their diabetes



New Medicine Service (NMS): to refer patients to their local community pharmacy service patient letter



  • Online training module for NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

    The 30-minute e-module is aimed at GPs, practice nurses and other practice staff. The content covers what Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia (NDH) is, what the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is; how it works and who is eligible. There are also some basics on motivational interviewing. The aim is to provide healthcare professionals with the tools and information they need to make quality referrals into the programme.

    The course is free and CPD-accredited. It can be accessed by creating a free account on the RCGP Learning site.


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