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Self management

Self management


DESMOND is a national programme for educating people with type 2 diabetes. The official website for the programme is here.

Patients are referred to us by their GP surgeries who have information about the programme and advise patients of its content.  They will assess as to whether the patient is suitable for referral (e.g. comfortable in a group setting) and then send in a form for registration.  The programme is to help patients control diabetes through diet and exercise, to help them understand the condition, make them aware of what complications could occur in the future if they do not look after themselves correctly and to elevate any myths and answer questions they may have.

For more information phone the Diabetes Centre on 01977 747929


Smoking is the leading cause of death and illness in England, with an estimated 60,000 smokers in the Wakefield District. Smoking contributes towards the development of many diseases, but is most commonly linked with coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  For those who smoke, quitting is often the single most effective method of improving current health and preventing illness.  Supporting existing smokers to stop is also one of the most effective ways of preventing the uptake of smoking.

For more information, opening times and contact details can be found here.

You can contact the Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield on 

  • 01977 465449
  • 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines)
  • 0330 660 1166 (free from mobiles).


The Expert Patient Programme (EPP) is a self management course that compliments existing care you get from the NHS by helping you understand your health better. The programme is for anyone with an ongoing illness or condition who wants to learn new skills for managing and improving their health.

The programme is free of charge and runs for six weeks. The weekly sessions give you the tools, techniques and confidence to manage your condition better.

For more information visit the website or phone us on 01977 665732

Expert Patients Programme leaflet 2013


The Health and Development Worker Team provides information and advice and support to help adults over 50 years old and all adults with a physical disability and/or sensory impairment, to maintain their health and independence.

The health and wellbeing team have a directory of social, exercise and support groups in your area where you could meet new people. The team will discuss with you what sort of group you may be interested in, provide you with details and help you make arrangements for your first visit.

For more information visit the website or contract us on 01977 705473

Health and wellbeing team leaflet 2014


The Get Active Scheme makes it possible for nurses and GP's to refer patients for safe exercise that might improve their condition or quality of life. This scheme puts clients in touch with a dedicated team of Health and Wellbeing Activators who will work with you to plan an activity programme suited to your needs.

The Health and Wellbeing Activators will provide you with a professional, understanding and confidential service. Many people with health concerns are not sure about which activities they can do safely, so this scheme will give you a chance to get the advice and support you need to become more active.

For more information phone 01924 307811 or visit Get active and get healthy     


Adults should be physically active for a minimum 150minuess per week, and children need to be active for an hour every day. Walking is one of the easiest ways to build activity into your life.

Being active at the recommended levels means

  • You will feel better and have more energy
  • Reduce stress and sleep better
  • Reduce blood pressure and keep your heart healthy
  • Less chance of developing certain diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • Helping manage your weight

Walks that last between 20 minutes and 2 hours aimed at people of all abilities. Each walk is run by at least one trained walk leader.

For more information phone 01924 307348 or email healthimprovement@wakefield.gov.uk

Interim Weight Management Provision

Wakefield Council is currently recommissioning its weight management provision.  Reconfiguring the service will ensure the provision is wholly person centred and delivers efficiency and value for money.  Until the new model is fully commissioned and operational in 2017, we will be offering an interim provision for those patients needing support.  Patients who feel they need extra support should visit their GP or health practitioner and ask for a referral into the provision.

Last reviewed: 21/11/2016

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