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Educational course for people with type 2 diabetes available for free during COVID-19 lockdown

Educational course for people with type 2 diabetes available for free during COVID-19 lockdown

Award-winning online course provides advice on living with the condition.

Published: Mar 26, 2020
Category: Looking after yourself
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With many people staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis, DESMOND are offering access to their online educational course for free.

The DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Diagnosed) programme, launched in 2003, was designed to teach people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to develop the skills necessary to live with the condition.

The unprecedented move means that every person with type 2 diabetes in the UK can access the digital version of the course - an NHS-developed online education course to help them manage their condition during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A statement from DESMOND said: “We are pleased to be able to offer MyDesmond to anyone with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

To gain access to the course email myDESMOND@uhl-tr.nhs.uk  with your name, email, postcode, county and NHS Number (if you have one).

The online version of the self-management diabetes education programme - normally available only to those whose local area has commissioned DESMOND - is provided by the Leicester Diabetes Centre, led by Co-Directors Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.

DESMOND is proven to lower HbA1c, a measurement of blood glucose levels over a two to three-month period.

Professor Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “As the country enters a national lockdown, people with type 2 diabetes are now, more than ever, having to manage their condition with less face-to-face support. We have made MyDesmond available for free to everyone with the condition in the UK because we want to make sure people have access to high-quality information at this unprecedented time.”

Professor Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, added: “The programme has been founded on the NICE-approved face-to-face DESMOND self-management programme. This means you are getting the same quality of programme but delivered at a pace and adjusted to suit your needs. It includes short videos, articles and interactive activities on diet and exercise you can view as quickly, or as slowly as you like.”

The online programme collects together all the content and research evidence from the face-to-face programme onto a portable interactive web-based platform to help you care for your own diabetes in a positive way.

The programme has been founded on the NICE approved face-to-face Desmond self-management programme. This means you are getting the same quality of programme but delivered at a pace and adjusted to suit your needs.

It includes short videos, articles and interactive activities on diet and exercise you can view as quickly, or as slowly as you like.

More information on the MyDesmond website
Leicester Diabetes Centre has also launched a page entirely dedicated to the coronavirus on its website. It covers symptoms, advice about hospital and GP appointments, emotional wellbeing and mental health
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