How to become a DESMOND Educator 

Training Educators

Having heard of DESMOND, have you ever thought about training to become a DESMOND Educator? Would you like to provide your patients with the best start they deserve in self-managing their diabetes? Becoming a DESMOND Educator couldn’t be easier…


Eligibility to become a DESMOND Educator


There are a number of criteria, which must be met by those wishing to train as DESMONDEducators. It is the responsibility of the PCT/Health Board/ health organisationrecommending candidates for training to ensure their potential Educators are eligible to come forward for training, and that they fulfil the necessary criteria as set out below.


Criteria for becoming a DESMOND educator


A DESMOND Educator must be:


EITHER a registered health care professional who is:


OR  a non-registered health care professional who:



If you are unsure if your non-registered HCP is eligible for training, please forward a job description to the DESMOND National Office.


A DESMOND Educator must have:



A DESMOND Educator must be prepared to: 



It is desirable, but not essential, for a DESMOND Educator to have experience of group working. 


To Summarise the DESMOND philosophy and principles 


DESMOND programmes are developed to assist people with Type 2 diabetes to:



To this end the programmes are interactive and non-didactic, and the Educators are trained to have an impact on the process of reflection as well as providing content information


Support for Educators


The DESMOND Programme provides and facilitates support to Educators through the Quality Development Programme and by organising opportunities for training and networking between groups of Educators in the regions. However, it is important to realise that fulfilling some of the above criteria also depends on Educators having the support of their manager and their service, as well as that of the PCT/health organisation.


For this reason, we ask for an appropriate manager’s endorsement of an Educator’s request for training via the booking form