Diabetes Self-Management Programme (DSMP)

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The Diabetes Self-Management Programme (DSMP) is open and accepting referrals for both on-line and face-to-face programmes. The DSMP supports adults with type 2 diabetes, and their carers, to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively self-manage their condition. With the help and support of the course, individuals feel more confident to work collaboratively with their health care professionals to achieve their personal goals. 

Seven group sessions (held once a week over seven weeks) last for three hours each, with 12-16 people per course. The course is delivered by two trained self-management tutors: a healthcare professional with experience of supporting people with diabetes and a lay person living with diabetes.

DSMP programmes are held at accessible venues across Islington and are available on different days and times to suit most people. Demand for evening and weekend courses is monitored and courses provided as appropriate.

Text messaging

The Self-Management Support Service has had recent success working with local GP practices to target recruitment to the DSMP for patients with type 2 diabetes and carers. Practices sending texts messages to their patients with type 2 diabetes with a brief message has made a great difference to patients’ uptake of structured education. If your practice is interested in implementing text messaging for DSMP, please refer to this guide.

Coding Patient Attendance

It is important GP practices have processes in place to ensure coding of patient structured-education attendance. The table below details how attendance information for each of the available diabetes structured-education courses is communicated to practices and which codes should be used.

Patient cohort: Diagnosed ≥ three months; carers; English and Turkish

  • Patient attendance reported to practices: Letter per patient sent to GP practice via Docman. Example report/letter practices receive: DSMP GP letter example.
  • List of patient completers also sent to practice generic email address quarterly.

Attendance coding: 

  • Attended: 9OLF
  • Did Not Attend: 9NiA
  • No Response/Declined: 9OLM

Additional report information to code: n/a

Eligibility criteria


  • Adults aged 18 and over
  • Registered with an Islington GP or living in Islington
  • Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for a minimum of three months or longer
  • A carer of someone with type 2 diabetes
  • English or Turkish speaking

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses

Self-referral Patient Leaflet

Self-referral by telephone or email (please provide patient leaflet for self-referrals)

t: 020 7527 1189

e: whhtr.self-management@nhs.net

w: https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/default.asp?c=29559