Upcoming YDEF Courses




8th-9th December 2016

YDEF Retinopathy Course

Learn all you need to be confident in recognising and managing your patients with this devastating complication of diabetes. Programme here.

28th November - 2nd December 2016

ABCD-YDEF SpR Consultant Development Programme

SAVE THE DATE! More details shortly!

North West Diabetes Foot Care Course

You are invited to the 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: 5th November 2016

Where: Thistle Haydock Hotel, Haydock 

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 28th November to the 2nd December in St John's Hotel, Birmingham 

Registration is now open.

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.

www.t1resources.uk - A resource for patients with Type 1 diabetes!

A new website launched last week providing resources for people affected by type 1 diabetes. The website, www.t1resources.uk, has been set up by a YDEF's own Sophie Harris, who is currently doing a PhD investigating barriers to uptake of structured education. The website is based on findings that people find it hard to know what to trust online and less than 10% of people have a peer that they can ask for advice.

The website brings many resources under one roof, where they are reviewed and rated to ensure they are safe and useful. With over 80 resources, and more added daily, it is a great place to sign-post your patients to to learn more about social media and the online support available. 

Access the website now and let your patients know!

1st British Diabetic Neuropathy Symposium

Discounted rates for YDEF members! Email for discount code - click here

King’s Hospital in partnership with Sheffield University Hospitals and Ipswich Hospital are presenting the 1st British Diabetic Neuropathy Symposium. This is a novel event, aimed at discussing the challenges and approaches to diabetic neuropathy and pain management. The event has received endorsement from Lancet Diabetes as well as the British Peripheral Nerve society and Diabetes UK.

When: 25th November 2016         Where: Fetal Medicine Research Institute, London

Click here for details                          Click here for the programme


EHIC Conference 2016

You are warmly invited to the European Health Innovation Collaborative Conference at Imperial College London on 22nd September 2016 which has now been accredited with 7 CPD points by the RCP.

This not-for-profit, non-promotional educational event will focus on real world advances in disease management and health technologies. There will be 60 expert speakers from UK and Europe presenting across 16 sessions. Some of you may wish to present your own research or encourage your trainees to do so.  There are also great pre and post-conference events included in the price.

The aim is to offer a broad CPD programme providing compressed updates across interconnecting clinical topics including cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology/hepatology, nursing research, oncology and. primary care.

Click here for details and to apply

SfE/NWES regional clinical cases meeting

Supported by a grant from the Society for Endocrinology, the North West Endocrine Society is holding a free to attend Regional Clinical Cases Day on Thursday 1st December 2016 in Manchester.

The first aim of the event is to bring together the Endocrinology community throughout the North West, and further afield, for a day of education, debate and discussion. Secondly, we want to inspire students and junior trainees to consider a career in this rewarding field.

click here for details and to apply

Basic Insulin Pump Course

The module aims to provide health care practitioners working in the field of diabetes with comprehensive knowledge and skills essential for effective management of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) therapy.

When: 23rd and 24th September 2016

Where: Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Course fee: £300 (refreshments, lunch, course material)

click here for details

To apply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or book online at www.medexcell.co.uk

17th Annual Conference of the South Asian Health Foundation


COMPLIMENTARY registration is now open for the 17th 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: 13th-14th October 2016

Where: National Conference Centre, Birmingham

Apply now, click here!

Midlands Foot Course for Diabetes StRs

Imagine this is your first day as a diabetes consultant and your senior podiatrist asks your opinion about a foot. It looks a bit infected... or perhaps it's Charcot’s? What would you do? Do you think you have what it takes to develop and lead a world class diabetes foot service?

We attempt to answer these questions and prepare the diabetes consultants of tomorrow with this practical course including hands-on workshops and dedicated lectures. We address common themes not necessarily covered in day-to-day StR training.

When:  6th December 2016, Conference Centre Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Please find full programme download here
To apply  click here  **BOOKING CLOSED- oversubscribed**

YDEF Diabetic Retinopathy Course

Struggling with retinal photograph interpretation? Informed you need a greater awareness of retinal screening services at your ARCP?

If you’ve been told to keep an eye on your retinal screening skills, then look no further than the YDEF’s annual retinopathy course at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Thursday 8th- Friday 9th December 2016. 

Registration is open and the full programme here!!  Don't forget to send the £50 cheque deposit (see below)!

Note - This course is not scheduled to run in 2017 therefore apply early to ensure you do not miss out this year!

Workshop on Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Diabetes Consultation

As a part of Black Country Diabetes Club initiative (in association with YDEF) and to impart high quality skills and training to diabetes registrars and future consultants, we have organized a Workshop on Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Diabetes Consultation. This course will allow trainees to excel in their counselling skills and empower patients to change  their behaviours to gain better control and self-management of their diabetes.

When: 1st November 2016, Crowne Plaza NEC Birmingham **Applications closed**

Programme here

You can apply for the course through the Survey Monkey by clicking here

Live Symposium of EASD 2016

PCM Scientific in association with Novartis are organising a live symposium on the first day of the EASD Annual Meeting in Munich (European Association for the Study of Diabetes; 12-16 September 2016. The aim of the symposium is to help healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes to improve their clinical practice.

The symposium will be followed by a number of online ‘case study clinics’ (expert-led webinars where complex cases can be submitted for discussion).

Both the symposium and the case study clinics will be hosted by world-renowned experts in diabetes, and attendees will receive CME credits. 

Click here to register

Young adult curriculum questionnaire

 Take this opportunity to shape our curriculum!

Exercising our dedication to represent our members, we would like to ask you for your help in an upcoming consultation. YDEF have been invited to discuss the curriculum specifically for our transition and young adult experience. We ask you to spend 5 minutes answering a few questions to help us give a true voice for all trainees!

Click to help and fill in the survey

2016 Royal Society GSK Lecture

A free to attend lecture from the Royal Society being delivered by Professor Andrew Hattersley where he discusses the use of genetics to improve treatment of diabetes. 

When: 18:30-19:30 8th September 2016

Where: Royal Society, London

Click here for details

Rowan Hilson Insulin safety award 2016

Colleagues are invited to submit entries to this competition to find the best joint pharmacy and diabetes team initiative to improve insulin and prescribing safety in hospital.

The submissions will be judged against predetermined criteria, by an independent panel chaired by Rowan Hillson, and the winner will be awarded the prestigious annual Rowan Hillson insulin safety award at the ABCD Spring meeting.  

Closing date: 31st January 2017

Application document here

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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