DESMOND Hero image

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

DESMONDDESMOND is a quality assured programme which aims to provide support and education to people with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and their family members or carers, and help them to self-manage their condition. 

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has offered DESMOND courses since 2015, and since then, almost 6000 people have attended either face to face or virtually.

The course is delivered by two friendly educators and has an interactive approach to learning.  A DESMOND course lasts 6 hours, either 2 half days on consecutive weeks, or one full day. 

In each group there may be people who have been diagnosed just a few weeks or a number of years.  It might be the first time someone has attended a course, or they may have been before.  The course is suitable for anyone with a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis.

Who can access the course

To access this free course, you must be over the age of 18 years old, have a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, and have a Nottinghamshire County GP surgery (excluding Bassetlaw).

There are two ways to be referred:

  • Via your healthcare team at your GP practice
  • Self-referral by phone or email


Tel: 01623 484837

How the course is delivered


Small groups delivered over 6 hours, either 1 full day or 2 half days on consecutive weeks. 

We deliver courses in the following areas;

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



Delivered over Microsoft Teams, joining details provided, with the option of:

  • Over 2 half days on consecutive weeks or
  • 3 x 2 hour sessions delivered over 3 weeks.



E-learning programme for people with Type 2 diabetes.

This programme is done at your own pace and is offered as a stand alone or in addition to attending DESMOND as part of your ongoing care. Visit to find out more.  

Course content

DESMOND is delivered in the following sections:

  • The Participant story
  • Type 2 Diabetes and Glucose
  • Monitoring Type 2 Diabetes
  • Food and Glucose control
  • Long term effects of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Physical Activity
  • Food and Health
  • Self-management plan
  • Questions and future care

Contact us

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


Tel: 01623 484837

In writing:

Department of Community Nutrition and Dietetics
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Pavilion Building
Mansfield Community Hospital
Stockwell Gate
NG18 5QJ

Opening hours

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm (Except bank holidays).

DESMOND courses delivered Monday - Saturday.

Course reviews

“Lots of valuable information thank you.  Leaflets that I can refer back to.  Encouragement and useful to hear others stories, difficulties, opinions.  Good use of 'props'.”
“Informative and enlightening.  A very worthwhile course, eliminating numerous mixed messages.”
“Good pace of delivery. Excellent tutors with great knowledge of subject.  Will help me make a difference!!  Thank you”



Rate this page or report a problem

Rate this page or report a problem

branding footer logo