Diabetes and endocrinology within the NHS is a varied and interesting specialty combining a mix of complex specialist problems with general internal medicine.
As an international recruitment agency, BDI Resourcing recommend that Diabetes and Endocrinology specialists that are wanting to work within the NHS, take the MRCP route to their GMC Registration.
Typically, NHS specialists work in both diabetes and endocrinology, although some specialists work predominantly in one rather than the other. They work with all age ranges and many also contribute to acute or general medicine inpatient care. A specialist may see 40 to 50 patients in a day.
The range of activities for an NHS Doctor working within the specialty of diabetes and endocrinology should include:
A typical day may also include a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting and ward work to manage specialty referrals or to care for inpatients with general medical problems.
Diabetes patients are often in hospital with other medical problems, but the fact they have diabetes is associated with increased lengths of stay and rates of complications. As such, you can expect to frequently work with a wide range of healthcare professionals, including specialist nurses in both diabetes and endocrinology, dieticians, podiatrists, orthotists, community teams and specialist midwives. Specifically in Endocrinology, you will be liaising closely with neurosurgical specialists and radiologists when managing pituitary disease and with thyroid surgeons or with oncologists to help people dealing with endocrine effects of their cancer treatments
It’s also important to note, that most units have active audit, journal review and research meetings specifically related to the specialty.
There is a large list of subspecialty areas/interests that can be developed by an NHS Endocrinology and Diabetes specialist. These include:
In a typical 10 PA job plan, consultants will only have time in their job plan to offer a maximum of three or four outpatient clinics a week. Specialty referrals, general medical referrals generated from others, and their follow-up appointments require 0.5 to 1 PA a week.
Increasingly, complex endocrine diseases, and especially endocrine tumours are being managed in large referral centres. As the specialty is predominantly outpatient based, an average working day will comprise one or more hospital outpatient clinics.
Diabetes teams often now see patients in an MDT setting (insulin pump, foot clinics, young adolescent, transition, and joint antenatal and renal clinics).
According to the NHS Health Careers - Around 65% of consultants say they are routinely on-call at weekends.
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RCP London. 2021. Specialty career profile: diabetes and endocrinology. [online] Available at:
Rcpmedicalcare.org.uk. 2021. Workforce and job planning | Medical Care - Guidance for Desiging Services and Developing Physicians for Specialties. [online] Available at:
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