Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

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

DESMONDThe Trust made the decision to offer DESMOND as their choice for type 2 diabetes patient education.  DESMOND is a structured group education programme designed to increase an individual’s knowledge of type 2 diabetes but also encourage them to develop the skills to help effectively self-manage the condition. The course can be accessed by individuals that have newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes but also those that have established type 2 diabetes.

DESMOND is a quality assured programme 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 core team consists of diabetes educators and lay educators alongside clerical assistants. However, dietitians across the department also deliver the DESMOND courses within their role.

As a team we’re dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic, and that 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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