Following the announcement of social distancing recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, group-based face-to-face delivery of programmes is no longer in line with government advice. As such, group-based face-to-face services will stop from Friday 20 March 2020.

If you are a patient with Type 2 diabetes we have digital programmes available for example Oviva and Second Nature - book here

If you have been referred for Diabetes Education by your GP and still want a face to face course, you will be held in a waiting list. We will contact you again once face to face courses resume.

If you're not sure how digital courses work, call us on 020 3474 5500

Need help? Call us on 020 3474 5500

DESMOND - Type 2

DESMOND is the longest standing course for people with Type 2 Diabetes. It is suitable for the newly diagnosed as a foundation course and suitable for the BME community. It follows a national curriculum with all of the DESMOND Educators meeting strict training standards

Course Style

DESMOND's strength lies in using personal experiences to motivate change. Working in groups of 10 people learn from each other by discussing health and lifestyle choices. Courses generally last one day but can be split into two days.

The Educators are also quality assured in their delivery of the programme to ensure the fidelity is being met. This is a critical standard for delivery of a quality programme. 

People attending DESMOND can attend with a friend or member of their family.


How successful is DESMOND?

People attending DESMOND courses enjoy improved confidence in self-management of their diabetes, weight loss (up to 3kg) and smoking cessation (3 times more likely). DESMOND delivers changes in people's health beliefs leading to changes in health behaviour.


DESMOND is the National Programme so is regarded to set the standard for diabetes education. DESMOND won a Health Service Journal award in 2007 for its educator training programme. DESMOND meets NICE standards.

Find a DESMOND course near me

“I attended a DESMOND course just after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It answered a lot of questions for me and eliminated the myths I had picked up. It’s a must if you want to manage your diabetes and avoid the side effects.”