RHL - DESMOND Project
by North East Hants and Farnham CCG RHL are helping deliver the Desmond
(Diabetes education and self management for ongoing and the newly diagnosed)
training to the local Nepali Community. We work with health professionals
to explain the condition and deliver sessions regarding nutrition, lifestyle
changes and managing diabetes. RHL provides translation and support
for the DESMOND diabetes structured education programme so the education
about the condition can be passed on to the wider community.
The main aims of the DESMOND programme are;
To improve the quality of life for people newly diagnosed with
Type 2 diabetes.
To encourage people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
to set their own goals and activities and to construct a personal
health plan that includes diet and exercise.
To encourage people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to think
positively and be proactive in taking control of their health needs
with particular focus on their diet.
The overall objectives of the project are;
To deliver a comprehensive structured education programme in relation
to dietetics to newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients within
a 6 months of diagnoses.
Provide access for newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients to
a suitable course for those patients, for whom English is not their
first language and for patients from minority groups where diabetes
is greater risk.
Provide a range of convenient locations, dates and times to ensure
patient choice and various needs are catered for.
Through the project participants have set up diabetes self-help groups
which offer support and advice, they regularly hold meetings in the
community to help raise awareness of the condition and the volunteers
always have a presence at community events in order to publicise their
message with leaflets and information on diabetes. The project has been
well received within the Nepali community and continues to have a positive
effect within the local area.