A third of trainee diabetologists can’t secure consultant posts

Authors: Helen Jaques 

Publication date:  23 Jun 2012

Less than two thirds of the doctors (43 of 69) who completed specialist training in diabetes from January 2008 to September 2010 secured a substantive NHS consultant post, research in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians has found.[1]

Of the 51 of these new consultants who gave their job breakdown in the survey by the Young Diabetologists’ Forum, the trainee wing of Diabetes UK, 48 were contributing to specialist diabetes care, four held substantive academic positions, and eight were locum consultants.

Seven respondents reported working abroad, three of whom attributed their emigration to lack of opportunities in the UK.

The low employment rate is of concern, given the “diabetes epidemic” in the UK, and indicates a failure in workforce planning and a lack of expansion in the number of consultant posts, say the authors.

The researchers surveyed 69 of the 95 doctors who completed specialist diabetes training between January 2008 and September 2010 (73% response rate).

These findings back up previous research by the Royal College of Physicians, which found that a third of holders in diabetes and endocrinology were unsuccessful in securing a substantive consultant post in 2011.[2]

Overall the proportion of doctors who achieved a substantive consultant post on receipt of their certificate of completion of training fell from 59% in 2009 to 56% in 2011.


  1. Cheer K, George JT, Grant P, Herring R, Maitland RA, Piya MJ. One-third of doctors completing specialist training in diabetes fail to secure a substantive consultant post: Young Diabetologists’ Forum survey 2010. R Coll Phys  2012;12:244-7. [Link] .
  2. Jaques H. The CCT cul de sac? BMJ Careers  14 Sep 2011. [Link] .

Helen Jaques news reporter BMJ Careers


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