Diabetes – Education for Type 2 Diabetics

DESMOND – Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing or Newly Diagnosed

DESMOND is a nationally accredited course for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

It’s pretty unique.  It is an education programme specifically designed to support you the person with diabetes to become the expert.  The fully trained educators are there to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes will mean for you and how you can manage your care effectively.  It is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.

DESMOND as a programme can be delivered over one day course or 2 half day  (equivalent)sessions.

You are invited to join a small group of up to 10 people with Type 2 Diabetes.  You will be given up to date information and learn practical skills to manage your diabetes.  The DESMOND programme is built around group activities, but there will be opportunities for individuals to speak to an Educator on their own if they wish. An opportunity will be provided to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes such as food choices, activity and medication.  You will also be able to meet and talk to others in the same situation.   The sessions are delivered in an informal and friendly atmosphere.  It is not like being back at school!  You can bring your partner, family member, carer or friend, they will be very welcome.

The course can be accessed by people that have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (within first 12 months of diagnosis) but also those who have established Type 2 diabetes.


Courses are delivered in both health care settings and local community venues.


South Shore Primary Care Centre – Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1TJ

Blackpool Cricket Club – Stanley Park, Barlow Crescent off West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ

Moor Park Health & Leisure Centre – Bristol Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0JG

Fylde & Wyre

Wyre Civic Centre – Breck Road, Poulton Le Fylde, FY6 7PU

Over Wyre Medical Centre – Wilkinson Way, Preesall, FY6 0FA

Mountcroft Resource Centre – Albert St, Fleetwood, FY7 6AH

Garstang Surgery – Kepple Lane, Garstang, PR3 1PB

St Annes Primary Care Centre – Durham Avenue, St Annes, FY8 2EP

Thornton Practice, Church Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 2TZ

View the patient story – Getting to Grips with Type 2 Diabetes

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How to Access

DESMOND is free to access.  You can simply self-refer by contacting the DESMOND Team on 01772 777620 or ask your doctor, practice nurse or healthcare professional to refer you to DESMOND.

Diabetes education will help give you the confidence to manage your diabetes day to day – Learn to live well with Type 2 diabetes.