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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Do you spend too much time sitting and want to do something about it? Or are you an employer who wants to encourage their workforce to sit less to improve their health and wellbeing? SMART Work may be the answer SMART Work is a free evidence-based resource kit to help people sit less and move...
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A Focus on: DESMOND across Nottinghamshire County Part Two

Last month, we shared the story of DESMOND Nottinghamshire and their journey of establishing the DESMOND brand across the county and the impact of COVID-19. In this month’s ‘A focus on..’ we want to share with you the patient experiences and outcomes, as well as the data presented at the Diabetes UK 2019 conference. Patient...
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DESMOND Digital First

With providers of diabetes care across the country putting post-COVID-19 recovery plans in place to improve access to care, perhaps a digital solution is the answer? The Leicester Diabetes Centre, part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is offering a ‘Digital First’ suite of online, structured education programmes that offer flexibility around the...
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A Focus On: DESMOND across Nottinghamshire County

Over the coming months, we are going to be sharing the great work of DESMOND providers across the UK and Ireland. This month’s ‘A focus on’ imparts the story of the DESMOND Nottinghamshire team. There is a huge amount to share with you all, so this story will be covered over two articles – please...
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MyDESMOND helps diabetes patients to self-manage symptoms during COVID-19 lockdown

People living with Type 2 diabetes across the UK have been unable to access vital support because of COVID-19 restrictions, despite accounting for 31% of COVID related hospital deaths. As a result, people with and at risk of diabetes are sourcing the support of digital tools like MyDESMOND to help them self-manage their symptoms. NHS...
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National Trainer, Grace Bathgate Retires

Grace Bathgate, DESMOND National Trainer, will retire this Summer from her role with us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Grace for her amazing contribution and commitment to DESMOND and the world of diabetes patient education.  Grace started working for the DESMOND National team in 2008 following her accreditation as one of...
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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