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

MyDesmond - Type 2

What is MyDesmond

MyDesmond is an online interactive self-management programme for people with type 2 diabetes.  It is based on the award-winning Desmond self-management diabetes education programme, this free online version brings all the content and research evidence from the face-to-face programme onto a portable interactive web based platform for you to discover on a mobile device.




MyDesmond features all the diabetes related content you need as well as booster sessions allowing you to interact with the programme on an on-going basis. If you want to be motivated on a physical activity challenge then you can invite your friends and family to support you on the challenge (we recognise that in many cases you may now be more limited with your outdoor activity due to coronavirus). Learn more about Type 2 diabetes through our interactive learning and 8-weekly booster session

  • Ask the Expert – where you’ll have the multi-disciplinary team of the Leicester Diabetes Centre at your fingertips
  • Track your activity levels and even link up to the Fitbit or Google Fit
  • Track your weight, blood pressure, HbA1c, diet and cholesterol
  • Set daily goals that fit around your lifestyle
  • Compete with others in our online DESMOND community on the global leader boards
  • Chat with members of the DESMOND community
  • Invite your friends and family to join you in your journey online


Programme style

MyDesmond is an online programme providing education that you can do at your own pace. It provides a number of interactive modules to help you better understand what having diabetes means and what you can do to help you feel more in control and reduce the longer term risks that can happen with diabetes. You can also Ask the Expert for help with questions you may have. You can track your activity and weight and set goals for yourself. You can invite your friends and family to support you.


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How can the MyDesmond programme help me?

The online MyDesmond programme includes all the same content as the face to face courses but modified to be effective as an online interactive programme.  People taking part in the DESMOND courses have enjoyed 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, which leads to changes in health behaviour.


Is MyDesmond suited to me?

  • MyDesmond is ideal if you
  • Want the opportunity to do a programme online at your own pace
  • Want to be able to learn more about diabetes and how to feel more in control
  • Want to benefit from the expertise and experience that has been developed over many years from the Desmond education programme
  • Are English speaking and have a good understanding of written and spoken English