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Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (Desmond) Courses

Following your diagnosis of Diabetes your practice nurse can refer you to attend the Diabetes Education session known as DESMOND. The purpose of a Desmond course is to help newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients take control and manage their diabetes proactively. DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a nationally accredited course. This is a one-day course, but some courses are offered in two half-day (equivalent) sessions.

You are invited to join a small group of up to ten people with Type 2 diabetes on a DESMOND programme led by two fully trained educators. You will be given up to date information, and learn practical skills to manage your diabetes. 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.

Throughout Mid-Sussex, Crawley & Horsham we are proud to offer this FREE education programme for people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after running these courses in the Horsham and Crawley areas for over three years the participants have found the course very informative, enjoyable and beneficial in managing their diabetes.
  • Service Location:
    • Billingshurst
    • Burgess Hill
    • Cowfold
    • Crawley
    • Crawley Down
    • East Grinstead
    • Haywards Heath
    • Horsham
  • How To Access:
    Referral Criteria:
    The course is designed for Patients Newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
    Patients that have been diagnosed during the last 3 years may also attend providing they are not on Insulin or maximum orals.
    Referral is normally via the GP or Practice nurse. Download the Referral Form
  • Contact Details:
  • Opening Hours:
    Subject to agreed clinics
  • How to find us:
    This service is offered at various clinics throughout Mid-Sussex
  • More Information:

    Time to Talk Health is a free talking therapies service for adults with Diabetes in West Sussex. If you’re finding it difficult to cope with Diabetes, speak to your nurse or doctor to ask for a referral to Time to Talk Health, or self-refer today on our website. Find out more on the Time to Talk Health page.

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