Updates on DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)

Dr Westgate facilitated the DESMOND educators annual study day on Thursday 14th July and provided updates on changes in the programme.

There are a total of 38 DESMOND educators from a variety of organisations and professions, Cumbria Partnership, GP practice, self-employed who are practice nurses, diabetes specialist nurses, dieticians, podiatrists and community pharmacies. They provide education sessions for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

The award winning DESMOND is now firmly established as the structured education course of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes and is now being delivered in Europe, Australia and piloted in Qatar. Over 6000  in Cumbria people with Type 2 Diabetes have attended the nationally recognised DESMOND structured education programme since it was launched in the county in 2009. Another 4000 people who were identified at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes have also attended the DESMOND Walking Away programme. DESMOND is a fundamental element in the treatment pathway of Type 2 Diabetes, providing a high value intervention to support people to take control and self-manage. Cumbria is on the world map as centre of excellence for DESMOND.

Dr Westgate said “The aim is to provide education to people with a confirmed diagnosis, and support people in making informed choices. The importance of what we eat and how active we are can be huge in terms of the treatment required for diabetes. We also recognise the importance of patient education in helping people with diabetes be more confident to be actively involved in decisions around their Diabetes”.

DESMOND educators said “It is positive seeing the change from reluctance, suspicion and caution at the start of the session to the lightbulb moments and people leaving happy and confident in understanding, managing their Diabetes and avoidance of further complications. It is great when you see someone back in clinic and see the difference we have made.

My DESMOND on line
https://www.mydesmond.com/register is a new online, personal 1 -1 support programme which is in the process of being launched for those who can’t access the groups or prefer on line support. We hope to provide an update on this in the future.

Healthier You
The DESMOND Walking Away programme for those at risk of developing type 2 Diabetes has now ended and is being replaced by the National Prevention Programme “Healthier You” which is being delivered by Reed Momentum in Cumbria. It is a 9 month behaviour change programme aimed at preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes which will focus on healthy weight, being physically active and adopting a healthy diet. Participants may be eligible for 12 weeks of free Slimming World membership and access to local leisure centres.

Over 300 people have already been referred in Cumbria. Sessions have commenced in Carlisle and Kendal and a rapid roll out planned for the rest of the county. It is a 2 year contract and will be evaluated by NHS England.