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Guide to Diabetes

Desmond Education For People with Type 2 Diabetes

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DESMOND: Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed 



DESMOND is a leading diabetes education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes, developed here is Leicester by the Diabetes Research team. Meet DESMOND

There are several versions of the programme currently available:


  • DESMOND - for people NewlyDiagnosed with diabetes
  • DESMOND Foundation - for those with established diabetes

  • DESMOND BM -  separate programme for both newly diagnosed and established diabetes for the South Asian community, which can be delivered in the main South Asian Languages. 

  • A Safer Ramadan - for those wishing to fast safely in the month of Ramadan



How will I benefit?

You will get up to date information about your diabetes to help you make informed choices on your care and treatment. Have the opportunity to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes, such as food choices, activities and medication. Meet and talk to others in the same situation.

Want to take part?

If you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time, and are interested in Desmond Education speak to your health care professional about getting onto a local course. 

There is a booking system for DESMOND in your area, your doctor or nurse will explain this, your details will be given to the Local Desmond Education Coordinator who will then contact you with dates, details and directions for the venue where the course is being held. 
After that you simply turn up and take part!

There are no fees or charges for you to take part in the Desmond education programme. 

What patient have said after attending the course

"The great comfort I found in the DESMOND sessions is that they were really about us, the people with diabetes. It wasn't six hours of 'you must do this or that'.

We talked the disease; its causes; its implications; and more importantly, how we could adapt our diet and lifestyle to reduce the dangers caused by diabetes.

I think that there is a common misconception out there that Type 2 diabetes is nothing to worry about. I know I was one. I soon understand that Type 2 is as serious as insulin dependant Type 1 and while alarmed at that realisation, I was grateful for the knowledge."

Contact your local DESMOND Education Coordinator -

Sue Kenny - DESMOND LLR Office
Leicester Diabetes Centre
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW

Tel: 0116 258 4223
or see our DESMOND referral page for the referral form


DESMOND - its origins

Please write your picture caption hereDESMOND was originally developed by a multicentre collaborative and tested in a rigorous scientific trial in England and Scotland - the largest trial of a structured education pogramme ever conducted. DESMOND has additionally won a national award for its training programmed for health care professionals who deliver education for people with diabetes. 

For the latest news on DESMOND please visit


Meet DESMOND Information leaflet (PDF 420KB)

Information about the DESMOND education Download Document

A Safer Ramadan Poster 2014

Information about your local Diabetes Education  Download Document