Paediatric diabetes and endocrinology - sub-specialty

Paediatric endocrinologists (diabetes and endocrinology paediatricians) have special expertise in looking after children and young people with hormone disorders. Find out more about this sub-specialty and its curriculum.

What makes a paediatric endocrinologist?

A paediatric endocrinologist is a clinician who has special expertise in looking after children and young people with hormone disorders. These can affect growth or pubertal development and have significant effects on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

The conditions managed can include normal variations in growth and puberty; over or under activity of the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands; endocrine-related obesity; more complex disorders of sex development; and metabolic bone disease.

Paediatric endocrinologists link closely with other tertiary specialties, including surgeons, gynaecologists, geneticists and adult endocrinologists, to provide coordinated and comprehensive care. Many paediatric endocrinologists are actively involved in clinical research.

Paediatric endocrinologists are also involved in managing children and young people with diabetes mellitus. This entails developing expertise in optimising blood glucose control to minimise future complications, intensive insulin regimes, continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS), and continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions (CSII).

RCPCH Progress curriculum

As of 1 August 2018, sub-specialty trainees use the RCPCH Progress Level 3 Generic syllabus alongside the RCPCH Progress Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Syllabus. Both can be downloaded below.

Sub-specialty learning outcomes

In addition to the generic learning outcomes for level 3, paediatric and endocrinology trainees must fulfil the below requirements.

  • Competently manages common endocrine conditions and has an awareness of rare endocrine disorders.
  • Competently manages all aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus and rare forms of diabetes.
  • Provides expert advice at a regional level for the management of endocrine conditions and diabetes mellitus.
  • Implements and maintains safe and effective practice related to endocrinology and diabetes mellitus.

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