Upcoming YDEF Courses




23rd-27th November 2015

YDEF-ABCD Consultant Development Programme

Registration is now CLOSED for a NEW Management and Leadership Course that is being run in conjunction with the ABCD. It promises to be a comprehensive, tailored programme for Diabetes and Endocrine physicians about to/having just embarked on their consultant post

7th-8th December 2015

YDEF Retinopathy Course

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Learn all you need to be confident in recognising and managing your patients with this devastating complication of diabetes. Programme updated!

28th-29th January 2016

OCDEM-YDEF 'State of the Art' Finishing School

A course designed to provide practical tips for those of you planning for or thinking about research.Stay tuned for updates

Junior doctor contract: it's a yesyes.

The votes are in 76.2% (out of 37,155 members) counted to provide a conclusive result in the BMA ballot for industrial action.

Breakdown of results (from BMA)

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of strike? Yes - 28,120 (99.4%)  No - 179 (0.6%)

Are you prepared to take part in strike action? Yes - 27, 741 (98%)  No - 564 (2%)

YDEF Wales: Last chance to reigster!

The fifth annual YDEF Wales meeting will be held in Cardiff on the 20th - 21st November 2015. The event is open to all SpR's, Clinical Research Fellows and Consultants, and places are still available!

North West Diabetes Foot Care Course

You are invited to the inaugural north west diabetes and foot care study day featuring many interesting talks by experts in the field and sponsored by Novo Nordisk.  

Aimed at specialist registrars, places are limited therefore apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please see the attached flyer for details of the event and read below on how to apply.

When: 28th November 2015

Where: Thistle Haydock Hotel, Haydock 

Flyer here

YDEF Diabetic Retinopathy Course


Thank you for all your applications! Unfortunately we are now oversubscribed for the course and had to close registration. 

We were overwhelmed by the number of applications for this year's YDEF Retinopathy course and would like to thank everyone who applied. We are in the process of confirming places for the course once we receive the cheque deposits - so do not delay! We apologise in advance to those who are unsuccessful in their application for this year's course.

ABCD National Diabetes Consultant Mentorship Programme (NDCMP)

The NDCMP is a national initiative providing mentorship for newly-appointed consultants in diabetes and endocrinology. The purpose of the NDCMP is to support the development of consultants in diabetes and endocrinology for the future benefit of themselves and, thereby, our speciality and our patients.

Specialty Certificate Exam MCQ book

The SCE may have recently taken place but for those of you who are waiting until next year, it is never too early to plan ahead! We are happy to direct our members to this useful resource/MCQ book written for those of you planning to take the exam.

It contains over 300 best of five questions with explanatory answers, each accurately reflecting the layout of questions in the exam. 

The book is divided into six subject areas, covering all the main themes of the exam, and providing a thorough assessment of the candidate's endocrinological knowledge. Uniquely, the explanatory answers include references to guidelines and other sources to enable candidates' further reading and study.

Further more, all royalties are going towards a charity 'Pratham' for underprivileged children in India. 

Book link here

Commissioning secondary care - what does it all mean?

The Royal College of Physicians has launched a new resource for physicians that decodes the often complex world of commissioning, contracting, and payment systems in the NHS in England.

The new resource is the first in a series of practical tools to support physicians to influence the commissioning system that governs the way their services are designed and delivered. 

Commissioning in secondary care - what does it all mean?

YDEF DAFNE Fellowships

The National DAFNE Programme is offering 10 annual YDEF fellowships for SpRs to train as DAFNE doctors and the Fellowship will cover the training costs of the DAFNE Doctors Programme. The YDEF is committed to supporting SpRs wishing to become DAFNE doctors. Click here to find out more

Idia - Innovators in Diabetes

Are you an early career researcher with an interest in diabetes? Do you have the potential to develop into a leader in the field?

The exciting Innovator in Diabetes (IDia) programme is your chance to expand your knowledge, gain new skills and network with other like-minded researchers. The IDia programme is now open for applications until Monday 25 January 2016.

Click here for website

Junior doctor contract

As most of you may be aware, there has been a lot of concerns regarding the proposed change to junior doctor's contract by the government and the Review Body on Doctor's and Dentist's Remuneration (DDRB). Social media and more recently national press have been highlighting the concerns on a regular basis. There have been various statements from the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association and we would like to keep our members up to date on current events that will no doubt have a significant effect on the profession (and ourselves). Please take some time to have a look at some of the links below to keep yourself well informed.

The YDEF have added the voice of D&E trainees to the BMA response. We welcome and celebrate Scotland and Wales' decision not to impose a new contract and call for our government to review their proposals based on transparent, evidence-based negotiation

Clinical conundrums for diabetologists

After a successful and well subscribed meeting in 2015, another chance to learn more about diabetes care and management with practical tips and guidance from top diabetologists. Explore clinical challenges and everyday conundrums that we may face as specialists in this field. Make sure you book as soon as possible as places (and accommodation if required) are limited!

When: 24th-25th January 2016

Where: Royal College of Physicians, London

Agenda here

Course details and apply here     


ABCD-YDEF-Consultant Development Programme

ABCD - YDEF - Consultant Development Programmes is a new exciting collaboration between the ABCD and YDEF to reinvigorate the learning the non-clinical aspects of being a consultant. This replaces the YDEF led King's Fund Management Course. It will be held for a week from the 23rd to the 27th November in Birmingham (exact location tbc.)

Registeration is now closed.

This is the only D&E specific leadership and management course. It has been organised by the ABCD to support the competencies from the Medical Consultant Leadership Framework. For the first time our leadership course is being accredited by the Institute of Learning and Management. This means that by submitting a piece of work (such as a service improvement/educational initiative) you will be assessed for the ILM level 5 award. Geared to doctors in their final year of training and newly appointed consultants, this stimulating and experiential programme will prepare you well for the next transition in your career.

NEYD - view from the trainees

The North European Young Diabetologists meeting was a resounding success and continued the tradition of high calibre events organised by YDEF. Here we have two attendees giving their unique perspectives on the meeting this year...


YDEF Shape of Training response

The YDEF represent D&E trainees on the British Medical Association Multi-Speciality Working Group. In 2012 Sir David Greenaway, Professor of Economics, was appointed chair of the independent Shape of Training Review. This expert advisory group were tasked with reforming the structure of postgraduate medical education and training across the UK  . 

Trainee Survey Results Published

YDEF are pleased to report that former committee member Paul Grant's paper on the YDEF Training Survey 2014 has been published in the British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease.

YDEF NHS Reforms Guide All you wanted to know about 'management stuff' but were afraid to ask!



The NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) is an independent national organisation that will be responsible for ensuring the NHS delivers better outcomes for patients from April 2013. Read more here 


Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are clusters of GP practices that will be responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare in England from April 2013. Read more here



The Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) will assess the quality of the services commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Read more here 


The ‘Fair Shares’ funding formula is designed to take into account information on population when assessing the overall needs of each CCG area. Read more here


Healthwatch England, the new national independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, has been officially launched. Read more here


Value Based Pricing will incorporate a broader assessment of the value of a medicine, known as value based pricing, for new medicines (new active substances) Read more here


QIPP – Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention seeks to find £20billion efficiency savings by 2014-15, which will be reinvested in frontline care. Read more here



NHS England

NHS England (formerly known as the NHS Commissioning Board) is an independent national organisation responsible for the day-to-day running of the NHS. Read more here.

NHS Mandate

‘The Mandate’ is a document setting out the Government’s overall objectives for the NHS. Read more here.


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