In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that there are over 300 000 Muslim people with diabetes. Observance of Ramadan is an integral part of being a Muslim that involves abstinence from food and drink from dawn till dusk. In the UK over the next 10 years, Ramadan will fall in the heart of the summer months, resulting in longer fasting periods. For people with diabetes fasting can be problematic, yet few individuals receive advice from health care professionals on how to manage their diabetes during the Ramadan period. A ‘whole systems’ approach, involving community awareness, health care professional training and patient education, was used to develop and implement an educational intervention to address the needs of individuals with type 2 diabetes during the Ramadan period.