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Diabetes and Endocrinology

Our aim is to produce doctors who flourish in a diverse learning environment, developing skills in clinical care, education and/or research. In fact, at Wessex we see you getting your Certificate of Completion of Training as just the beginning of your career journey!

Image of a female doctor talking to a diabetes patient about dietWe offer 17 posts with a diverse range of opportunities to get super-specialist clinical training in every aspect of diabetes and endocrinology. Our exam pass rate for SCE is 100 per cent, the majority first-time passes, and most of our trainees go on to roles as a consultant. When you add excellent individual support from our top teaching team, it's no wonder that feedback evaluations show trainees all consider their training at Health Education Wessex to be of a very high standard.

The rotation will involve three years in district hospitals and one year in Southampton. In the first year you will be expected to step up to the role of registrar to learn leadership and understand the management of diabetes and endocrine.

All aspects of specialist diabetes care training are available to you: in-patient care, community care, renal, foot, ante-natal, paediatric/young person care, insulin pump management, education programmes and so on.

Your endocrine experience will be consolidated usually in the fourth year. Endocrine sub-specialty areas include thyroid disorders, parathyroid disorders, bone metabolism, pituitary disorders, endocrine fertility, obesity management, lipid disorders and paediatric endocrinology. Southampton is a regional endocrine/surgical unit with many patients being seen with rare tumours.

Where we provide training

Apart form the extensive education programmes in well-stablished training sites across Wessex, there is monthly SpR rolling training at Salisbury that provides the whole core curriculum over a three-year period. There is also a six-monthly Wessex diabetes/endocrine training day for all consultants, trainees and other MDT members.

The locations for your training will include:



Other opportunities for trainees

Out-of-programme actitvities include research, both within and outside Wessex and clinical fellowships, including international attachments. Research locally includes diabetes and cardiovascular disease, lipid metabolism, hypoglycaemia, foot disease and so on.

SpRs are encouraged to attend national meetings, like those held by Diabetes UK and the British Endocrine Society, and international meetings, like the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the International Congress Endocrinology.

Many specialties also dual accredit with General Internal Medicine. There is a comprehensive programme of training days arranged throughout the year covering the G(I)M curriculum. The newly appointed Training Programme Directors for general medicine ensure that trainees fulfil the requirements for dual accreditation so that they are eligible to apply for Consultant posts requiring commitment to the medical on-call rota.

There is excellent experience of unselected medical on-call available throughout the region.

What makes Wessex different?

Besides the comprehensive training programme, there's special interest work, leadership development and we encourage management skills. But more than anything else, our team make it their goal to get to know you personally and help shape your career and professional development.

Is this right for you?

If you are empathetic, inquisitive and you enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary environment, then training with Health Education Wessex will tick all the boxes!

What to do next

Follow the links on the right-hand side of this page for more information.


Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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