Junior Doctor Contract: Industrial action scheduled as talks fail to reach an agreement

Written by Amar Puttanna on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 22:07.

Talks between NHS England, Department of Health and the BMA failed to achieve an agreement on the junior doctor contract therefore the BMA have announced the plan for industrial action:

12th January 2016 - 13th January 2016: Emergency care only for 24hrs from Tuesday 8am to Wednesday 8am.

26th January 2016 - 28th January 2016: Emergency care only for 48hrs from Tuesday 8am to Thursday 8am.

10th February 2016: Full withdrawal of labour 8am to 5pm on the Wednesday.

Please take time to read correspondence between the BMA, DoH and NHS England here

Read the latest updates on the BMA website including the BMA statement on the summary offer here

Letter from NHS England to all junior doctors





Learn the lingo series: "CCG: Clinical Commissioning Groups"

Written by Jyothis George on Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:31.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are clusters of GP practices that will be responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare in England from April 2013. The 212 CCGs, consisting of 8,355 GP practices across England, will have similar responsibilities to PCTs, although commissioning of public health, specialised and primary care services will sit with the Local Authority and the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB).


Learn the lingo series: "NHS Commissioning Board"

Written by Jyothis George on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:22.

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. They will provide leadership around the new commissioning system and will be accountable for the delivery of improvements in the measures set out in the NHS Outcomes Framework.



Written by Ali Chakera on Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:58.

iDKA the app to help you manage diabetic ketoacidosis.

iOS app. Android app.

It is quite clever and allows you to choose the time you are treating, what the level of glucose or ketones or potasium is - to specify what you need to do then. Although, they are derived from the Univeristy Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust guidelines, they are basically adapted from the Joint British Diabetes Socieities guidelines. Download it a give it a try.



Diabetes in BME Communities

Written by Ali Chakera on Monday, 14 April 2014 20:35.

The  YDEF have had input into a report which outlines the barriers to improving outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities and identifies examples of best practice to support South Asian, black African and black African Caribbean people to better manage their diabetes.

This is an excellent guide, read it here


Imperial SCE Course

Written by Paul Grant on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:03.

Professor Karim Meeran would like to announce the return of the excellent MRCP speciality certificate exam revision course for higher specialist trainees in Diabetes & Endocrinology.

This is coming up soon on Monday the 10th of March!


Commissioning secondary care - what does it all mean?

Written by Amar Puttanna on Monday, 29 June 2015 19:53.

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 Shape of Training response

Written by Amar Puttanna on Friday, 10 April 2015 20:54.

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  . 


ABCD Nationwide Exenatide QW audit

Written by Ali Chakera on Sunday, 11 May 2014 21:06.

ABCD is pleased to announce the launch of the ABCD nationwide exenatide QW audit and would like to invite you to take part.

This is a great opportunity for registrars as not only will you be involved in a nationwide audit but as a contributor you will be listed on all abstracts, publications etc.

For more information and to join the audit see:


Clinical Endocrinology On-Line Modules have now launched

Written by Paul Grant on Sunday, 23 March 2014 21:04.

We are pleased to announce that the new educational initiative for higher specialist trainees in Endocrinology has now been launched. The team behind the SfE journal Clinical Endocrinology and Wiley Health have created some clever on-line content which can be accessed here.

The first three modules cover, Phaeo crisis, oligomenorrhoea and giant prolactinomas.


SfE: Emergency Endocrine Guidance

Written by Ali Chakera on Monday, 24 February 2014 16:46.

The Society for Endocrinology’s Clinical Committee has recently produced three new succinct and clinically useful Emergency Endocrine Guidance Documents; useful for the acute medical and emergency wards:

Acute Hypocalcaemia (for use in adult patients),

Acute Hypercalcaemia, and

Pituitary Apoplexy.

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