Who is Desmond?

Have you heard DESMOND mentioned, wonder who he is???

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.


  • An informal way to find out more about type 2 diabetes.
  • A resource to help you manage the changes Diabetes will bring to your life.
  • An opportunity to share experiences.
  • A family of education modules designed specifically for you.

DESMOND Programmes are unique and the style of our education is designed to support you to become the expert. Educators are at hand to help increase your knowledge and understanding of what having risk / Diabetes will mean for you.

Each course has a group of up to 10 people who are either type 2 Diabetic or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You are welcome to bring a family member/ friend/ partner to the course with you.

DESMOND courses are built around group activities but there are still opportunities for you to speak to an educator individually if you wish.

What will you get out of a DESMOND course?

Quite a lot!

Attending a DESMOND course you will

  • Get up to date information about Diabetes and risk.
  • Learn Practical skills which you may find helpful in managing Diabetes and risk.
  • Discuss and explore factors relating to Diabetes such as food choices, Activity and medication.
  • Information will be available for you to take away.
  • Get evidence based facts.

Are you a type 2 diabetic wishing to attend a DESMOND session or understand more about us? Please contact 030 3330 9869 for further information or to refer yourself to us.

Have you recently attended a DESMOND session? Do you want to help other patients understand the benefits of attending a DESMOND session?

We are looking for healthcare professionals as well as patients who would like to give feedback by video that we can use to help patients understand what DESMOND can offer. If you would like to know more about this please contact us on 030 3330 9869.


The team delivering the DESMOND course has been presented with the 'Team of the Year' in the inaugural Celebrating Desmond awards. More info here.


You can now follow us on facebook. Click here or simply search Locala - Desmond and 'like' our page.

Or speak to our Programme Coordinator.

Cleckheaton Admin Hub
Cleckheaton Health Centre
BD19 5AP

Tel: 030 3330 9869

Before self-referring, please read over the exclusion criteria, if you meet any of these, we believe you would be unsuitable for this service.

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Housebound
  • Under the age of 18 years
  • Unwilling to participate in a group
  • Learning difficulties/sensory impairment
  • Non-English speaking, other than Urdu and Gujarati languages
  • Enduring mental health problems which are sufficiently severe to not benefit the patient from group education


Useful Links

Diabetes UK - They are the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

Diabetes.co.uk - This is an online community where you can access information, tools and a forum where people with diabetes can talk to each other.


Places are available in the Dewsbury area and the Huddersfield area.

Please click here to access our eReferral form.

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