Have type 2 diabetes? This programme is available in the following areas...

 Brent, Hammersmith & Fullham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster


DESMOND is the longest standing course for people with type 2 diabetes. You will work in a group to discuss health and lifestyle choices, learning shared experiences. The courses are delivered by quality assured educators.

Please speak to your GP to be referred to your closest DESMOND course


DESMOND is the longest standing course for people with type 2 Diabetes. It is suitable for the newly diagnosed and as a foundation course for those with established diabetes. It follows a national curriculum with all of the DESMOND Educators meeting strict training standards

First steps in self-management education for people with type 2 diabetes.

Programme inclusion criteria

 Type 2 diabetes - newly diagnosed or established, HbA1c 48mmol/mol and above

 18 years or older

 Able to attend group education in person

 Speak English/language of DESMOND educator

What do these modules look like?

  • 6 hours of structured self management group education
  • Delivered by 2 trained health care professionals
  • In 1 day or 2 half-day formats
  • Newly diagnosed module – for those within first 12 months of diagnosis
  • Foundation Modules – for those with established diabetes
  • In groups of up to 10 participants who may wish to bring a partner/friend with them
  • Supported by specially developed resources
  • Deliverable in both health care settings or local community venues

Content includes:

  • Thoughts and feelings of the participants around diabetes
  • Understanding diabetes and glucose: what happens in the body
  • Understanding the risk factors and complications associated with diabetes
  • Understanding more about monitoring and medication
  • How to take control – Food Choices – Physical Activity
  • Planning for the future

What these modules can do for you:

  • Improves understanding of diabetes
  • Lowers HbA1c
  • Improves other biomedical outcomes
  • Supports weight reduction
  • Improves levels of physical activity
  • Is an effective smoking cessation intervention
  • Reduces depression
  • Promotes positive behaviour change

DESMOND key facts

 6 hours group education

Type 2

 1 day or 2 half day format


I attended a DESMOND course just after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It answered a lot of questions for me and eliminated the myths I had picked up. It’s a must if you want to manage your diabetes and avoid the side effects.


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