DESMOND – Type 2 Diabetes Education Service

DESMOND is the name given to our type 2 diabetes education service.  It stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.  As the name suggests, we deliver education for those recently diagnosed who wish to learn all about what type 2 diabetes is and how to manage it better.  However, it is also equally valuable for those who have had diabetes for many years and may want more knowledge and support.

Topics covered by the DESMOND programme

  • Understanding type 2 diabetes
  • Blood results and possible complications
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Carbohydrates and fats
  • Activity advice
  • Goal setting
  • Wellbeing and expectations for future care

Education options available to you

DESMOND Virtual – a six hour interactive Zoom session for a group of approximately 10-20 people.
A digital handbook and a list of useful services is provided for ongoing support.


Six hour face-to-face group education (as per public health guidelines) to facilitate those without a computer or adequate technical experience. A paper handbook and a list of other useful resources is provided for ongoing support.

Comfort and lunch breaks are included in both these programmes.

As well as one of the above options, you can also choose:

Registration for a self-directed digital tool called MyDESMOND, which is accessible immediately via a computer, tablet or smart phone. Once registered and activated by yourself, it can be used at any time of day or night.  It provides free, lifetime access, to evidence-based information and support. You need to provide your email to register for MyDESMOND and the DESMOND National Office take care of consent/data protection.

Contact us

You can contact us by email or telephone to discuss the most suitable group education and/or to simply register for the MyDESMOND digital educational tool only.

Please phone 028 27661478 or email

More information on the background to DESMOND is available at:

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