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Course review

King’s Fund management course for specialist trainee registrars in diabetes and endocrinology

Authors: Arif Ullah 

Publication date:  04 Aug 2012

The King’s Fund management course for specialist trainee registrars in diabetes and endocrinology is considered the gold standard for diabetologists because it is designed to cover management and leadership issues specific to the specialty. It was introduced three years ago with the blessing and positive feedback of diabetes and endocrinology consultants.

Who is it for?

The course is intended for diabetes and endocrinology specialist trainee registrars in their final year of training to equip them with leadership and management skills before they become consultants.

Why did you do it?

I attended the course to develop the leadership and management skills that will be expected of me as a consultant in the health service. I was also interested to know more about personality types, team working, and microfinance and macrofinance in the NHS.

Who runs it?

The course is funded by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and pharmaceutical industry through an educational grant. It is run by the Young Diabetologists Forum and the King’s Fund, a registered charity and leading think tank specialising in healthcare leadership, management, and policy. The people who lead the course are King’s Fund faculty and outside experts associated with shaping diabetes care and health policy in the United Kingdom.

What is covered?

The first session in this five day course started with an introduction, followed by a discussion on the participants’ expectations of the course. We used a Myers Briggs personality indicator and the Belbin team roles and team working assessment to explore personality and team roles. Working across organisations was covered in detail, with practical workshops specifically about areas related to diabetes care. NHS structure and finance (macro financial flows and microbudgeting), health, and diabetes policies were dealt with by various speakers, who used interactive sessions. There was a practical session on developing and writing a business plan for a diabetes service, and several discussions were specifically related to the delivery of diabetes care in the changing NHS. The second half of the course concentrated on personality development, advanced communication skills, and presentation techniques. The final day was devoted to preparation for the consultant interview, with feedback on a video recorded mock interview.

Where is it held?

The course is held at Warwick University. Attendance is free for diabetes and endocrinology specialist trainee registrars who are members of Diabetes UK and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists. Accommodation, food, and a wifi connection are provided free of charge.

How can you apply?

You can apply for the course through the Young Diabetologists Forum website. Places are limited to 24 trainees, therefore early registration is advised.

Was it worth it?

It is definitely worth attending this course. Because of the way the health system is changing, it is increasingly important that diabetologists have good management and leadership skills. There is greater demand for consultant delivered care, and diabetologists have a growing role in the community as leaders of diabetes care. The course will equip you with leadership and management skills that you can use on a daily basis. In addition, it provides a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from different regions who work in the specialty, which helps with networking. In particular I made the most of the opportunity to understand about the principles of business, about developing new services, and about establishing a new business.

Top tips

Look at the King’s Fund website ( and read the NHS white paper Equity and Excellence before the course so that you are aware of all the current changes to the NHS.[1]

Further information

Roselle Herring, Young Diabetologists Forum secretary,

Competing interests: AU attended a King’s Fund management course in 2011, free of charge, via the Young Diabetologists Forum and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.


  1. Department of Health. Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS. DH, 2010.

Arif Ullah specialty registrar Newcastle Diabetes Centre, Centre for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE, UK

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