Diabetes and Endocrinology forms a single specialty focusing on disorders of hormone production or action. Endocrine and metabolic diseases are among the most commonly encountered in the UK population, and are increasing in prevalence and impact in terms of health of the nation. There is a high multidisciplinary component to this speciality where trainees and specialists interact closely with wide ranging specialities such as obstetrics, gynaecologist, paediatrician, renal physician, ophthalmologist, vascular surgeon, podiatry, infectious diseases, neurosurgeons and chemical pathologists.
The specialty is a busy one, reflecting the growth of diabetes and its complications as the population ages and the prevalence of obesity increases. Much of the workload in endocrinology and diabetes is outpatient based, but a significant number of patients require hospital admission for complex investigations or the management of complications. Increasingly, diabetes is managed jointly with colleagues in primary care. In the future, hospital-based specialists are likely to make a significant direct contribution to patients in the primary care setting. In addition, endocrinologists are gradually enhancing services for obesity management and management of lipid disorders and osteoporosis. These advances are broadening the impact of the specialty, and opportunities for career development and multidisciplinary team working.
This is a 5 year programme, starting at ST3. Our programme has been rated highly by our trainees as evident in the 2014 GMC survey, particularly in the areas of overall satisfaction, supervision, experience and educational resources. The training is delivered in several different Trusts throughout Health Education Thames Valley so trainees may find themselves employed by any of the following Trusts and placed in any of the following hospitals:
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes General Hospital
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading