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

County Donegal

DESMOND Coordinator

Name: Admin & Referral Contact – Marie Carton Malone (Service Coordinator – Kathleen Crerand, Diabetes Specialist Nurse)

Telephone: (074) 91 97137 (Fax 074 91 97149)


Times available: Mon – Fri 9-5

Localities: DESMOND is currently offered in all areas of County Donegal for all people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Courses are delivered in each network are every 2-3 months or as demand dictates

Referral Pathway: DESMOND is discussed with patients by their nurse/GP at diagnosis. A referral form is sent by any health professional with the patients details and clinical information to the admin contact. Patients will be contacted and offered a course in their locality. Referral forms are available at the hospital diabetes clinics and in every GP practice. Additional referral forms can be obtained through Marie Carton Malone, dietetic admin

Modules Delivered:

DESMOND Newly Diagnosed module available (for patients up to 12 months post diagnosis)

The Long Term Conditions project in Donegal funded the training of Health Professionals in Donegal to deliver DESMOND throughout the county and the project is supporting the sustainability of this programme in the initial two years.

The delivery of the Programme is being evaluated as part of the overall whole systems approach to Chronic Disease Management.

The Programme is delivered by a nurse and a dietitian in each network area who have trained as DESMOND Educators.

This service is coordinated by Nurse Kathleen Crerand, Clinical Nurse Specialist in diabetes, Donegal PCCC, tel 0879539143, supported by Community Dietetic Services.

DESMOND Educator teams in Donegal are:

Inishowen Network – Roisin Doherty (Nurse) & Kathleen McKeague (Dietitian)

Letterkenny Network – Ann M McGill (Nurse) & Annette Sheehy (Dietitian)

East Donegal Network – Mary Byrne (Nurse) & AnneMarie Lee (Dietitian)

North West Network – Kathleen Crerand (Nurse) & Nadine Lynch (Dietitian)

South Donegal Network – Susan McGarvey (Nurse) & Sara Harkin (Dietitian)