Lowers HbA1c
by one per cent
Evidence base
For the NHS
by the NHS


Number one type 2 diabetes structured education programme

DESMOND is the collaborative name for a family of group self management education modules, toolkits and care pathways for people with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes.


Comprehensive career development for educators

We offer training and quality assurance for Healthcare Professionals and Lay Educators to deliver any of the DESMOND modules and toolkits to people in their local communities.


Pick and choose

Our programme has a wide range of modules, including prevention, BAME and pregnancy developed on the back of extensive research.

The latest DESMOND stories

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MyDesmond made free amid COVID-19 pandemic

The digital version of DESMOND – a gold standard type 2 diabetes structured education programme – has now been made available for free across the country. MyDesmond is an online education course developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre has been made freely available to help people manage their type 2 diabetes better during the COVID-19...
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UPDATED – 11:45 17th March 2020 COVID-19 is becoming a real issue for the NHS and also for our DESMOND community. With the daily changing picture, we are relying on the bulletins and updates from the Department of  Health dedicated coronavirus page https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ This will provide advice on symptoms and how and when to isolate,...
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Low carb position statement released

A Position Statement on following the low carb approach for managing type 2 diabetes has been released by DESMOND. The Position Statement is as follows: DESMOND is both evidence-based and person-centred.  We encourage people with type 2 diabetes to find their own way to self-manage the condition through lifestyle changes.  DESMOND already incorporates discussion around...
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Map unveils DESMOND delivery across Australia

The DESMOND program is now being delivered in most states and territories in Australia and in New Zealand. People living in rural areas are also benefitting. The map (pictured) shows where DESMOND is currently being delivered Down Under.
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Brent Integrated Diabetes Service picks up top DESMOND prize

Brent Integrated Diabetes Service at the London NW Health Care scooped one of the top prizes at this year’s Celebrating DESMOND Awards. Nina Patel and Salma Mehar (pictured) picked up the Innovation prize during an awards ceremony held at Leicester Diabetes Centre in October. The North Cumbria University Hospital  NHS Trust also picked up an...
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International collaboration with Australia

There have been some exciting developments happening in Australia due to DESMOND’s strong international partnership. The Australian Government Department of Health is continuing to invest in online self-management and behaviour change programs for the growing number of Australians living with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It has commissioned Diabetes WA to adapt,...
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What people say about DESMOND

  • I certainly lost a lot of weight. Around the time I was diagnosed with Type 2, I was about 11 stone and now I’m at my target weight which is 9.5 stone. The DESMOND course was useful. In my opinion it’s ideal for the newly diagnosed person who doesn’t know anything about Type 2 diabetes.

    Alan Eadie
  • I found the DESMOND course one of the most interesting and helpful courses I have ever been on. The two educators were superb. The demonstrations and explanations were magnificent. In fact the day went so quickly that I was quite sorry at 4.30pm when it ended. The people who devised and carried out my plan should be congratulated.

    Anthony Pitcher