DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) programme

DESMONDDESMOND is a structured group education programme designed to increase your knowledge of type 2 diabetes. The course will also help you to develop the skills to effectively self-manage your condition.

People with either a new diagnosis or established type 2 diabetes can attend the course.

DESMOND is delivered by two trained educators and is supported by specifically designed resources.

Our well-established DESMOND team forms part of the wider Nutrition & Dietetic department. The team includes:

  • diabetes educators
  • lay educators
  • clerical assistants

Dietitians from across the department also deliver sections of the course. We’re dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic, which is reflected throughout our DESMOND delivery and is key to our success.

Course Overview

  • 6 hours of structured self-management group education
  • Groups delivered face-to-face or via video conferencing
  • Delivered by healthcare professionals and diabetes lay educators – all staff are DESMOND trained
  • Groups of up to 10 participants with newly diagnosed or established type 2 diabetes
  • Supporting resources and handbooks for participants
  • MyDesmond available to access as either alternative or additional support. MyDesmond brings together the content and research evidence from the face-to-face DESMOND programme to a portable interactive web-based platform.

Course Content

  • Thoughts and feelings of the participants around diabetes
  • Understanding diabetes and glucose: what happens in the body
  • Understanding more about monitoring and medication
  • Understanding the risk factors and complications associated with diabetes
  • How to take control – Food Choices – Physical Activity
  • Planning for the future

How can the course be accessed?

DESMOND is free to access, and the service is available across Nottinghamshire County. Referrals to our DESMOND team can be made via an individual’s GP surgery or self-referral can be completed over the phone or by email.  Individuals must be over the age of 18 years old, have a confirmed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and a Nottinghamshire County GP in order to access the service.

Areas covered:

  • Mansfield & Ashfield
  • Newark & Sherwood
  • Rushcliffe
  • Broxtowe
  • Gedling

Contact us

For further information on the DESMOND programme or to process a referral please contact us via the following methods: 


Tel: 01623 484837

DESMOND Team, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Pavilion Building, Mansfield Community Hospital, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5QJ

Keep in touch with us on social media:

Facebook - @desmondnotts
Twitter - @DESMONDNotts

Opening hours

Office hours are Monday – Friday (08:30am – 16:30pm)

DESMOND courses delivered Monday – Saturday



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