If you have diabetes, it's important that you learn how to manage the condition. Short courses - such as the DESMOND programme for people with type 2 diabetes - can help. DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.
- it’s a way of finding out more about type 2 diabetes
- it will help you cope with your diabetes and the changes to your life, whether you control it with your diet only, or tablets or insulin
- it’s a chance to meet and share your experiences with others.
You are invited to join a group of about 10 people with type 2 diabetes at a place near you. DESMOND runs courses for newly diagnosed people and those who have lived with diabetes for more than 6 months. Sessions are run by health professionals as a full one-day course or two half days. You will be given the latest information on the causes, effects and treatment choices. The DESMOND programme will help you to understand diabetes and give you the skills and confidence to take control of it. You will also have the chance to find out and discuss subjects such as choosing the right foods, physical activity and medication.
The sessions are friendly and relaxed. People who have attended them often say that they value sharing their experiences with others in the group. You won’t be put on the spot and you can take part in the programme as much or as little as you like. DESMOND sessions are delivered in English, Urdu and Gujurati.
If you have diabetes and you haven't yet attended an education programme, talk to your GP or diabetes care team as they can refer you to a local one. You can also self refer to the DESMOND programme by downloading a referral form. Please click on this link for details.
Comments from people who have attended a DESMOND course
"A very informative 2 sessions - well communicated - sympathetic and professsional."
"Very helpful and informative. Encourages positive thoughts and ideas."
"Useful to meet other people with the same problems, glad I came."
"Useful for newly diagnosed. More detailed information than given at the Doctors surgery - more time available."
"I consider that the 2 half day discussions were very worthwhile. the input from the tutors and clients was excellant. It supplied me with valuable information to try and prevent the debilitating effects of diabetes."
For details of courses near you speak to the Desmond Programme Coordinator on 01484 415 534.
Visit the Locala website for further details: http://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/diabetes/who-is-desmond/
Fartown Health Centre