Diabetes and Endocrinology

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Visiting Professional Programme (VPP) is designed to allow international visiting professionals with the opportunity to experience and learn from an experienced Diabetes and Endocrinology team working in a busy tertiary medical centre in the heart of London. The Diabetes and Endocrinology department operates at both Guy’s and St Thomas’ sites and very closely with the local primary care services covering a wide geographic area. The department provides a service to people with Diabetes and Endocrine conditions, Obesity and Lipid and Metabolic disorders. There is a research team integrated within the department, and it actively recruits to several research trials. The service comprises several areas of expertise: Complex Endocrinology, Complex Diabetes (Renal and Vascular/Foot), Type 1 Diabetes, Antenatal and Transitional Diabetes and Obesity. In each service, there are specialist multidisciplinary services with strong clinical and academic teams. This is an opportunity to sharpen professional skills and gain clinical experience in one of the UK’s leading Teaching hospitals.

Our Visiting Professional Programme is a unique development experience that allows visitors to observe (Observership) or learn clinical skills (Fellowship) in our leading Diabetes and Endocrine care team in all its settings. The attachment can be tailored to the learning needs of the visitor and can range from broadly generic to highly specialised. We are dedicated to broadening international professionals’ clinical expertise and enabling them to observe and practice new skills that can be transferred back to their work place.

Download the Diabetes and Endocrine VPP brochure here (PDF 771KB)

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Programme aims

The programme is aimed at those who wish to extend their experience within a leading NHS Diabetes and Endocrinology team and wish to gain an understanding of the way this is practiced and organised within the NHS and how it integrates with patient care pathways.

The programme aims to include:

  • Direct experience and exposure to managing patients with complex Endocrine, Diabetes and Obesity disease, including Type 1 Diabetes requiring Insulin Pump therapy, Lipid disorders, Neuroendocrine Tumours, Genetic Diabetes and Endocrine Syndromes, Thyroid Nodules, Adolescent Diabetes and Endocrine Clinics.
  • Contact with the latest technology and treatment approaches in Diabetes and Endocrine conditions
  • Opportunities to get involved in quality improvement projects and audits
  • Opportunities to play an active role in delivering research studies
  • Opportunities to attend multidisciplinary team meetings and participate in pre and post clinic meetings with discussion of complex clinical cases
  • The opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with consultants and other Healthcare Professionals
  • The opportunity to develop and extend visitors’ work portfolios by gaining experience in one of the largest teaching hospitals in Central London, whilst gaining direct insight into the workings of the NHS

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to visitors upon the end of their programme.

Download the Diabetes and Endocrine VPP brochure here (PDF 771KB)