Hillingdon DESMOND Programme

Hillingdon Contact Centre
United Kingdom

01895 485001


DESMOND is a one-day health education programme for people in Hillingdon with type 2 diabetes and who are in their first year of diagnosis.
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DESMOND (Diabetes Education Structured for the Management of Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed Diabetes) offers a way of finding out more about type 2 diabetes, a resource to help individuals to manage the changes that diabetes will bring to their life, and an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.

The programme is delivered as a one-day session with trained facilitators using specially developed resources It  takes place at several locations in Hillingdon in groups of 10-12 people. 

For people who do not speak English, or those with a disability or who are housebound, we now offer “mini” DESMOND with a one-to-one session for one hour with a diabetes specialist nurse.

Following a general practitioner (GP) referral, individuals are invited to attend a venue of their choice and are encouraged to bring along a friend or relative for support. Those who attend the course will learn all about diabetes and how management of the following can improve wellbeing:

  • Exercise
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Medication
  • Ways to improve your diet including all about fats
  • Carbohydrate and sugar content in food and drink
  • Complications from diabetes and how to prevent them

Courses are scheduled on a regular basis with a choice of location, including some weekend sessions.

Eligibility criteria (who is the service for?)

The programme is for people who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (i.e. they should have received their diagnosis less than a year ago). Individuals should be over 18, live in Hillingdon and have a Hillingdon GP.

How can someone be referred?

The service accepts referrals from GPs or practice nurses. 
Download DESMOND programme referral form (opens DOC)

Can I use NHS E-Referral (formerly Choose and Book) to arrange my first outpatient appointment?

NHS e-Referral is not applicable to this service.

Service times

DESMOND clinics operate on a monthly basis and throughout the year. Saturday courses are scheduled throughout the year to accommodate those patients who are unable to attend on weekdays.

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