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Endocrinology and diabetes

Endocrinologists and diabetologists (ED) are medical doctors who investigate, diagnose and treat disorders of the endocrine system.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five years first degree in medicine. Then there's two years foundation doctor training, two years core training (CT1-2), followed by four years specialists training (ST3-6). Five years specialist training (ST3-7) would only need to be completed for dual CCT in Acute Internal Medicine or General Internal Medicine. This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

This role requires that you are able to take care of people with long term conditions and that you have good attention to detail. You'll have an interest in research and developing new investigations and treatments. An interest in teaching and training junior staff is important. You'll also be interested in improving public health. Good communication skills, team work and leadership skills are required. You'll have an ability to investigate and diagnose complex issues.


There are 652 consultants in endocrinology and diabetes in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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