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 Emerging Experts Course

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

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

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.

JDRF PEAK - Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes Management

Be part of JDRF PEAK, a new initiative designed to provide education for healthcare professionals. Develop your skills and knowledge in managing your type 1 diabetes patients and exercise.

When: 24th October 2015

Where: NEC, Birmingham

Flyer 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.

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

ABCD Autumn meeting 2015

The ABCD have announced their Spring Meeting to be held at the RCP in London on 5th & 6th November 2015. Accreditation by the RCP London has been sought for this meeting (6 CME points).

The programme starts on Thursday evening with registration followed by our customary opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues, and make new ones, at our reception and dinner at the Royal College. As always on the Friday the main meeting covers a broad spectrum of topics of interest to all members.

More details here

Abstract deadline 11th September 2015. Submit 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?

Patient Education in Chronic Conditions: An example from Diabetes – Evidence and Implementation in practice

Update: Please note the change in date and ammended schedule for this course.

This is a free course for specialist registrars and new consultants. It is aimed at evaluating various group education and self management interventions in order to further develop these areas in your practice. Places are limited so apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

When: 9th and 10th October 2015

Where: Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester General Hospital

Places are limited so be sure to book as soon as possible. Please note travel and accomodation is not covered by this meeting.

For details including how to apply click here

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     


Cardiorenal Forum

The heart and kidneys are two vital organs closely linked with diabetes. Our patients, more often than not, cope with cardiovascular or renal conditions and complications in addition to diabetes. 

The cardiorenal forum is a special meeting aimed at addressing this clinical overlap. Attendees can expect to gain a wealth of knowledge on up to date topics to enable them to deal with their patients.

When: 2nd October 2015

Where: Royal College of Obs and Gynae, London

Click here for programme

Register here

16th Annual Conference of the South Asian Health Foundation

Putting the Patient at the heart of diabetes care

COMPLIMENTARY registration is now open for the 16th Annual Conference of the SAHF

This high-quality educational event offers a 2-day programme designed for healthcare professionals delivering diabetes and cardiovascular disease care to the South Asian community.

When: 8th-9th October 2015

Where: National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

Apply now, click here!

ABCD meeting for registrars


ABCD is pleased to announce their 13th dedicated meeting for Specialist Registrars.

This will again consist of "Meet the Expert" sessions where topical areas in diabetes and endocrinology can be discussed in a small group format. In addition research and case presentations are invited and the best four will be selected for presentation. The ABCD SpR Training Award will be given to the best of these presentations. This award of £1000 will go towards attendance at an international meeting. 

Where: Holiday Inn Regents Park, London

When: 6th and 7th November 2015

Abstract submission deadline: 2nd October 2015


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...


Diabetes UK Sir George Alberti and RD Lawrence Fellowships

Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship
This fellowship enables graduate healthcare professionals to work towards a PhD or MD in diabetes research and develop a career in research. Applications are invited from individuals working in a patient-facing role including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians. 

More information, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at: www.diabetes.org.uk/alberti-fellowship  

RD Lawrence Fellowship
This is a prestigious career development fellowship which enable exceptional candidates with three to six years postdoctoral research experience to undertake outstanding diabetes research. 

More information, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at: www.diabetes.org.uk/rd-lawrence-fellowship

Deadline for applications: 31st October 2015

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  . 

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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