Cumbria Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.

The National Diabetes Prevention Programme is a new initiative to support people to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. It is 18.5 hours over a 9 month period in group based sessions focusing on sustained behaviour change, diet and activity.

The DESMOND diabetes course will be offered to those with type 2 diabetes within 4-8 weeks of diagnosis. It takes a full day.

The DAFNE course will be offered to those with type 1 diabetes within 3-12 months of diagnosis. This course takes five days.

Both courses are delivered to a small group by specialist healthcare professionals, and carers can attend.

Managing your condition

Early diagnosis, treatment and good control of your diabetes is vital to reduce the chances of developing diabetic complications.

If your diabetes is not managed correctly it can have negative effects on your eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and feet. Support from your GP or specialist nurse, the DESMOND or DAFNE course as well as speaking to other people with diabetes will help you to develop a healthy diet, keep active and maintain your health.

Routine health checks

If you have diabetes you will have the routine checks, listed below, at least once a year shortly before your annual review consultation. You will be sent the results before you meet your GP so that you can think about what you want to discuss. At the review you will look at the results of your routine monitoring checks, jointly plan your care for the next year, explore your ideas and concerns, discuss ideas about the best way to manage your diabetes, and consider your objectives and ambitions for the next 12 months.

  • Blood HbA1c: A blood check that shows your blood glucose control over the last three months. Your sample is sent away for analysis.
  • Weight: Checked at least annually.
  • Feet: A check of blood circulation, sensation and any problems in your feet.
  • Kidneys: A sample of urine will be analysed to monitor your kidney function.
  • Eyes: A check for signs of bleeding in the retina (diabetic retinopathy) Diabetic Retinal Eye Screening
  • Blood Pressure: Checked at least annually.

This is done by a specialist at a local clinic. If you are due for an appointment and have not heard from the booking centre you can ring 0845 658 3131.

What our patients say about this service:

I would recommend this service, because my feelings are listened to and we work together, I am treated with respect.


If you have any questions about diabetes and how to manage your condition, please speak to the healthcare professional treating you. Information is also available from Diabetes UK on 020 7424 1000. Read more about managing your diabetes

Expressions of interest for a Diabetes Network

 Your Local Diabetes Network needs YOU!

Do you want to help improve care for people living with Diabetes? If so, please join our North Cumbria Local Diabetes Network. The aim of this forum is to help improve awareness of diabetes,  and to support health care professionals in ensuring that people with diabetes receive high quality care in all healthcare settings.

The North Cumbria Local Diabetes Network is in the very early stages of development, and we are looking for your views and support.   If you want to be involved, please contact 

The Cumbria Diabetes Service User group is a group of people who live in North, West, East Cumbria and have diabetes or care for someone with diabetes.  It's role is to:

  • Be a voice for the diabetic community in Cumbria
  • Influence changes to the diabetes service in Cumbria.
  • Use relevant information to monitor the performance of the diabetes service in Cumbria.
  • Have contact with the individuals who lead the services that are linked to the diabetes service, e.g. retinal screening, podiatry etc.

The group's role is to act as a link between patients/support groups and NHS North Cumbria to ensure that the diabetes services in the county are influenced by the needs and views of people with diabetes and those who care for them, and to represent patient's views to the NHS where appropriate. 

The group would be delighted to hear from people with diabetes.  Feedback from service users is very important. So if you would like to tell us about anything about the service you're received from the diabetes service in Cumbria, both good and bad experiences, or if you have any issues connected to diabetes care that you would like the group to raise with NHS Cumbria please get in touch. Please contact Wendy Forster on 07920577479 or email

If you are interested in joining this group please contact Telephone 07920 577479

Millom Leading the way for diabetes support group

Millom Leading the way for diabetes support group

Millom locals have come together to launch a brand new type two diabetes support group called ‘2s R Us’

Living with Type 2 Diabetes Day

From Our Specialist Services Team Living with Type 2 Diabetes Day

Diabetes UK, staff from CPFT provide tips and advice for patients to enable them to enjoy life

DESMOND Education

From Our Specialist Services Team DESMOND Education

DESMOND - is the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.patients.

Cumbria Diabetes receives national NHS award

From Our Specialist Services Team Cumbria Diabetes receives national NHS award

Cumbria Diabetes has received a prestigious national award for its delivery of an education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes