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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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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Journal of Medical Internet Research publishes MyDESMOND paper

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the leading open access digital health research publisher, recently published ‘Using Intervention Mapping to develop a digital self-management progamme for people with type 2 diabetes: tutorial on MyDESMOND’. The paper, written by Dr Michelle Hadjiconstantinou, Chartered Psychologist, The Leicester Diabetes Centre, provides a step-by-step guide, based on the...
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MyDESMOND approved and available on the NHS apps library

DESMOND’s interactive digital platform, MyDESMOND has been approved and welcomed on to the trusted NHS apps library as a valuable resource for people preventing or managing type 2 diabetes. A welcome step for people who have been unable to access face-to-face group education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS apps library has been established as a...
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DESMOND Goes Virtual

Here at the DESMOND Head Office we have been working tirelessly over recent months, not only to upscale our roll-out of the MyDESMOND Type 2 diabetes programme and support local providers in doing this, we have also launched virtual group programmes for our different modules. For all existing Educators and local providers we have now...
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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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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