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. Access the current syllabus for training in this clinical area, as well as the revised syllabus coming in August/September 2021.

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 and syllabi for level 3 training

Since August 2018, trainees in this sub-specialty use the RCPCH Progress level 3 generic syllabus alongside the RCPCH Progress paediatric diabetes and endocrinology sub-specialty syllabus. Download both documents below

In addition to the generic learning outcomes for level 3, trainees must fulfil the following sub-specialty learning outcomes:

  • 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.

Revised syllabus coming in August/September 2021

We spoke with clinicians working in this sub-specialty, and agreed one enhancements to the sub-specialty syllabus:

  • Learning Outcome 1 has had an Illustration relating to Genetics updated and six additional Illustrations added.

The revised version is approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) for use as of August/September 2021. Download the revised syllabus below

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