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Bromley Healthcare

BromleyThe prevention and identification of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes is a priority within the Bromley Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2015 (Bromley Health and Wellbeing Boards Strategy, 2012-2015).

‘Walking Away’ was successfully launched both at a GP event and the Bromley GP academic half day in the summer. The programme will deliver 40 diabetes prevention sessions in Bromley.

The promotional work has resulted in 70 per cent of Bromley practices referring into the WAFD programme. The programme is linked in to the NHS Health Check.

The evaluation shows a 94 per cent response rate for April and May cohort with a 100 per cent response rate for June, 23 learners.

Over the three-month period there has been an average daily increase of 1,495 steps and 115 minutes of physical activity.

WAFD is delivered using a person-centered approach.


Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria PartnershipCumbria Diabetes launched DESMOND (Newly Diagnosed) in March 2009.

They started delivering six courses per month across the county and then in 2010 the DESMOND Foundation for people with established Type 2 diabetes was launched. In 2012 ‘Walking Away from Diabetes’ came on board.

DESMOND is now firmly established as the structured education course of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes, and via ‘Walking Away’ for people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In the last 12 months there has been DESMOND 1,800 referrals and 300 people referred to the DESMOND Foundation module.

Also in the last year, 171 DESMOND courses have been delivered in Cumbria and 185 ‘Walking Away’ courses, with 2,700 people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes referred to ‘Walking Away’.

There is a local study day for educators and plans to roll out ‘Injectable Therapies Toolkit’ in 2015.


Lancashire Care Foundation Trust

LancashireThe DESMOND team at Lancashire Care has supported the provision of BME DESMOND across Preston, Chorley and South Ribble for the last six years.

The commitment has seen a 38 per cent rise in attendance numbers for courses run in Gujarati, Urdu and English in the last year. Diabetes Link worker Mumtaz Sheik has been crucial to the success.

DESMOND sessions are held in a local health centres situated in the middle of the South Asian community while prayers are accommodated. Local Imams promote the programme at Friday prayers.

The BME programme has extended to offering preparation for Ramadan. Mumtaz is now developing a resource and education programme to support not only the diabetes team but other long-term condition teams. She has also been able to support other DESMOND providers across the country as well as representatives from India and Nepal.


University Hospitals of Leicester

LeicesterBased at the Leicester General Hospital’s Leicester Diabetes Centre, which is a flagship research centre for diabetes, the team receive over 300 patient referrals each month from GPs.

These are converted into a delivery plan of up to 22 training and education courses per month, including include DESMOND BME courses (South Asian) run in both Gujarati and Punjabi languages, and also DESMOND Walking Away and A Safer Ramadan course.

When they first starting working within DESMOND, the team was met by a backlog of BME referrals. These were addressed quickly and effectively through the starting up of the BME courses, which included changing the resources to suit the dietary requirement of BME patients.

The feedback from patients is always very positive, echoing the team’s hard work and focus on putting the needs of patients first.