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Diabetes Educator

EducatorsWould you Like to become a Diabetes Educator?


Would you like to become a Diabetes Educator or learn more about Structured Patient Education offered to patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland?

We have 2 Structured Education Programmes delivered in Leicester and across Leicestershire.


Type 1:  DAFNE Education
(Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) 

DAFNE in Leicester: DAFNE Educators deliver new onset Type 1 Diabetes group sessions for people recently diagnosed. Over the past 8 years, the management of Type 1 Diabetes has been transformed in Leicester by the development of the DAFNE Programme, and the feedback from graduates has been overwhelmingly positive. 


Are you DAFNE aware?

If you are a Healthcare Professional we run courses so that you can find out how well patients become empowered and how to respond to their questions. 


For more information 

Contact Liz Turrell- Diabetes Education Support Administrator
Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology 
Victoria Building Level 3 
Leicester Royal Infirmary 
Leicester, LE1 5WW
Tel: 0116 258 5158


Type 2: DESMOND: Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed  


DESMOND is a leading diabetes education pogramme for people with type 2 diabetes which, is available throughout the UK and Eire in over 110 different health organisations and diabetes services. There are 4 versions of the pogramme currently available:

  • Newly Diagnosed 
  • DESMOND Foundation for those with established diabetes
  • South Asian Newly Diagnosed and Foundation delivered in South Asian Languages


DESMOND was originally developed by a multicentre collaborative and tested in a rigorous scientific trail 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. 


Becoming a DESMOND Educator 

To become a DESMOND Educator there is a criteria that must be met. Please visit the DESMOND website for details:


Diabetes Education Network


Exists to provide support and information to diabetes team who deliver local education programmes



What is Desmond? Information about Desmond, becoming a Desmond site, educator, how it meets the NICE criteria and what it can do for the population Download Document