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Type 2 Path to Remission Programme

Checked: 01-02-2024 by 3 Vicky Ryan Next Review: 30-01-2026


The NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is an evidence-based 12 month intervention using Total Diet Replacement (TDR) to support people recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to achieve significant weight loss and potentially reduce medication use and attain remission of Type 2 diabetes. There is no cost to participants. 

The 12-month programme is now provided by Momenta Newcastle.   Patients can choose either in-person or digital support. The programme provides a 12 week low calorie diet treatment (typically soups, shakes and porridges), followed by reintroducing real food over 6 weeks and ongoing healthy eating, physical activity and behaviour change support to 12 months.  

Supporting information

Further details including EMIS resources, training videos, detailed required medication adjustment guidelines and patient and practice resources are available on the TeamNet page.


Inclusion Criteria

  • Aged 18 - 65 years
  • Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within last 6 years
  • BMI ≥ 27kg/m2 (adjusted to ≥25kg/m2 for people of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) ethnic origin)
  • A HbA1c measurement taken within the last 12 months, with values as follows:
    • With diabetes medication, HbA1c >=43 mmol/mol
    • Without diabetes medication, HbA1c >=48 mmol/mol
    • In all cases, HbA1c must be <=87 mmol/mol
  • 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. (If newly diagnosed then there is no requirement to wait for retinal screening to take place before offering referral)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Current insulin user
  • Currently breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or planning to become pregnant during next 6 months
  • Has 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 < 30mls/min/1.73m2)
    • Active liver disease (not including MLD i.e. MLD is not an exclusion criterion);
    • Active substance use disorder
    • Active eating disorder (including binge eating disorder);
    • Porphyria
    • Known proliferative retinopathy that has not been treated (this does not exclude individuals who are newly diagnosed and have not yet had the opportunity for retinal screening)
  • Has had bariatric surgery
  • Health professional assessment that the person is unable to understand or meet the demands of the T2DR programme and/or monitoring requirements; or for whom the programme is not clinically appropriate (consulting with relevant specialist teams for patients with relevant conditions); or for whom safe and robust medications adjustment is not practical in a primary care setting.


Responsibilities of the referring GP practice

Before referral:

  • Provide information on concept of remission of Type 2 Diabetes, the service and potential risks and benefits to obtain informed consent
  • Discuss medication changes to take place on the first day of T2DR and provide written confirmation of these change to the patient and Provider. Respond to any clinical need to further adjust medications according to capillary blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring by the Provider


  • Arrange review of patient at 6 months and 12 months after starting the programme with repeat HbA1c –with further medication adjustment as necessary

Responsibilities of Momenta (Service Provider):

  • Attempt to contact patients within 5 working days of referral to provide further information about the service, confirm eligibility and book an Individual Assessment
  • Ensure the referred patient is aware of the medication changes advised by their GP practice (or that no medication changes are required) and reconfirm prior to the first day of TDR
  • Deliver the 12-month service in the patient’s preferred pathway
  • Perform / arrange for monitoring of capillary blood glucose and blood pressure (in people taking BP-lowering medications at time of referral) and, where outside of specified parameters, communicate appropriately with GP practice for further action.


Referrals to this service must be sent on the referral form which is available in EMIS and emailed to:

Please be aware that the referral form includes questions on consent and details of changes to current medications so should be completed in part by the GP.

The EMIS referral form adds the following code to the patient’s record: 192931000006108 – Referral to total diet replacement programme


Key contacts

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