Academic clinical fellowships in Diabetes and Endocrinology
The unit is based in laboratories on the Royal Hallamshire Hospital site close to the newly developed clinical research facility. Part of the Department of Oncology and Metabolism, the unit has close links with Child Health and the Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine. Endocrinology has an Investigation Unit on the Royal Hallamshire Hospital site and the majority of endocrine clinics are delivered through the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Diabetes has a cross-city service with in-patient and out-patient services delivered on both the Royal Hallamshire and the Northern General Hospital sites.
Currently, the unit has eight HEFCE-funded academics and five research active NHS consultant colleagues. The unit research interests are broad and include: autoimmune thyroid disease (Professor Tony Weetman, Dr Phil Watson, and Dr Amit Allahabadia); vitiligo (Dr Helen Kemp); neuroendocrine tumours (Dr John Newell-Price); hypoglycaemia (Professor Simon Heller); pituitary hormone replacement and transition endocrinology (Professor Richard Ross); andrology (Dr Hugh Jones); diabetic neuropathy (Dr Solomon Tesfaye); obesity (Dr Adrian Scott). Research is very much orientated towards translational work from the laboratory to the clinic.
The academic clinical fellowship programme will provide clinical training in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic bone that is fully integrated with in-depth exposure to endocrine research and a generic research training programme. The trainee will have the opportunity to develop core skills as a endocrine clinician and, with protected time for research mapped throughout the period of clinical training and nine months in total of full-time research, will also complete a research training fellowship application.
NHS Department of Endocrinology
The Department provides a cross-city service with most specialised inpatient and outpatient activities taking place on the RHH site and GIM on the NGH site. It is anticipated that reconfiguration will locate all Endocrine services on the RHH site.
NHS Department of Metabolic Bone Medicine
Metabolic Bone Medicine is part of the Directorate of Specialised Medicine. The department is situated in the Sorby Wing at the Northern General Hospital and provides tertiary services to South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
NHS Department of Diabetes
The department provides a comprehensive diabetes service to the population of Sheffield and the surrounding area. Care is provided by seven consultants with a special interest in diabetes who work in both the Northern General and Royal Hallamshire campuses within a multi-disciplinary team consisting of 8 diabetes nurse specialists, 3 specialist dieticians and podiatry staff at both hospitals. General diabetes clinics run at both campuses, as do specialist clinics. There are strong links with diabetes care provided within the community. Currently, six of the consultants regularly visit General Practices within the city within a programme designed to build expertise and confidence among primary care teams providing enhanced diabetes services.
The diabetes service attracts tertiary referrals in the areas of autonomic and painful peripheral neuropathy, hypoglycaemia unawareness and pump therapy. The unit was one of the original secondary centres developing the self-management education DAFNE intervention in Type 1 diabetes and continues to train adults from Sheffield and surrounding areas. Members of the team are also involved in developing the DESMOND type 2 self-management intervention which is currently being rolled out to the community.
Academic lead: Professor Simon Heller
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