Then Meet DESMOND and discover support aimed at helping you manage your diabetes.
So, who or what is DESMOND?
DESMOND stands for 'Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed'.
It’s a way of finding out more about Type 2 diabetes.
It’s a resource to help you manage the changes diabetes will bring to your life.
It’s an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.
DESMOND is a family of education modules designed specifically for you.
The DESMOND Programme has a range of education modules that are designed to meet your needs as a person with or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Through the DESMOND National Team, there are several modules that are specifically tailored to individual needs.
There are currently 4 DESMOND education modules available , although which modules are offered may differ geographically.
The DESMOND Programme is pretty unique. The style of our education is designed to support you, the person with or at risk of diabetes, to become the expert. The Educators are there to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of what having risk/diabetes will mean for you. But at the end of the day, you will be the person in control and making the decisions.
That’s easy! You need to be prepared to attend all the sessions of your DESMOND course. This is for your benefit, so that you can be sure of having all the information you need. At the course, you will be one of a group of up to 10 people withor at risk of Type 2 diabetes who will be taking part. Each DESMOND module is built around group activities, but there will be opportunities for individuals to speak to an Educator on their own if they wish. You may also be asked to complete some booklets of questions before and after attending. This is so we can look at how effective our education is in helping people manage their risk/diabetes.
Quite a lot! As well as getting up-to-date information about risk/diabetes, you will learn practical skills which you may find helpful in managing your risk/diabetes. An opportunity will be provided to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes, such as food choices, activity and medication. You will also be able to meet and talk to others in the same situation. At the end of the course, every one taking part in a DESMOND course will have information to take away for reference.
For some people, taking an active part in an education course like DESMOND may seem strange. But if the word ‘education’ conjures up images of being back in school - think again! In DESMOND courses, the atmosphere is informal and friendly.
The local DESMOND team running the courses are very approachable and part of their job is to make you feel welcome, and comfortable about attending. If you find the idea of joining in too difficult, no one will make you contribute. But you will get much more out of the course if you come prepared to share your experiences, thoughts and opinions. If you would like to bring your partner, a family member or a friend with you to the course - they will be very welcome.
You can find out if local DESMOND courses are being run in your area. Use our interactive map to find your local Desmond centre
Usually to attend a course there is a booking system that will be specific to your area. You can attend a DESMOND course by recommendation and referral from your GP or by self referral - details of which can be found using our Interactive Map
Your local DESMOND team/ coordinator will contact you with dates, details and directions for the venue where the course is being held.
After that,simply turn up and take part!