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Locum Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology & GIM

Locum Consultant (YM73)

Main area
Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine
Locum Consultant (YM73)
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week (Per annum)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Diabetology Level 5
£84,559 - £114,003 Per annum
Salary period
20/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

“Best of both” at the Whittington – The Whittington Hospital is a unique place. It combines the academic ethos of a University Hospital with the friendliness of a Rural DGH. The number of students and junior doctors who return as registrars and consultants is testament to the positive working environment and the collegiate atmosphere that has been created. Add in the lowest Standardised Mortality Ratio in the country and you have hospital that is a great place to work.

The Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Whittington is a thriving and enthusiastic team and we are now looking for an enthusiastic and committed substantive consultant to join our team.

Our Diabetes and Endocrinology consists of sub specialities, covering:

  • Antenatal and pre-conception counselling
  • Transition clinic for adolescents of 16-19 years
  • Insulin pump clinic
  • Joint thalassaemia clinic
  • Combined foot clinic
  • Joint renal clinic
  • Erectile dysfunction clinic

 The successful candidate as well as having an absorbing job will have numerous opportunities to continue to develop their career.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in then please contact Dr Maria Barnard (maria.barnard1@nhs.net). Additionally, you may contact Mr Deepak Suri (deepak.suri@nhs.net) Clinical Director for Emergency Integrated Medicine ICSU.

Main duties of the job

The new Consultant will join five Consultants in Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The person appointed will have a broad training in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine. They will be capable of handling the full range of medical problems from acute presentation through to complex discharge planning. They will have an interest in working across traditional boundaries of community and secondary care. The appointee must be an effective team player and will be flexible approaching new ways of working.

The appointee will be provided with an administrative space, IT and appropriate administrative support. 

Applicants must have MRCP(UK) (or equivalent specialist qualification) and hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine (GIM), or be within six months of award of CCT, or equivalent, by date of interview.

Applicants must also be on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (UK) with a Licence to Practise, (or be eligible for full and specialist registration within six months of interview)

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Diabetes & Endocrinology department is a dynamic, enthusiastic, multi-professional department with a strong emphasis on team working. The Consultants work together to cross cover and to ensure constant specialist Diabetes & Endocrinology advice is available to the trust.  If the successful candidate is appointed to the locum post there are a wide range of potential service development projects that they could lead on depending on interests/departmental priorities.

There is a full range of specialist clinics:

For Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes Clinics (including Insulin Pump Clinic), Transition clinic, Joint Antenatal Clinic, Diabetic Foot Disease Clinic, Joint Renal Clinic, Joint Thalassaemia Clinic and clinics for patients with complex Type 2 Diabetes.

For Endocrinology: Radioactive Iodine service, Joint Thalassaemia Clinic, Joint Paediatric Clinic.  General endocrine clinics provide care for patients with a wide range of endocrine conditions. Patients are referred to UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital for pituitary, adrenal and thyroid surgery but continue at the Whittington for ongoing post-surgical care.  If the successful candidate is appointed to the substantive post there is scope for them to develop clinics within their areas of expertise.

 The Diabetes & Endocrinology team consists of:

  • 5 D&E Consultants (3.4WTE).
  • 2 D&E SpRs are attached to the department at any one time.
  • 1 Diabetes Associate Specialist.
  • 4 Diabetes Specialist Nurses (3.5WTE).
  • 1 Endocrine Specialist Nurse (0.4WTE) who perform dynamic endocrine testing.
  • 1 Diabetes Dietitian
  • 1 Hypertension Specialist Nurse (0.4 WTE)
  • Diabetes podiatry service

Retinal photography is provided across the locality by the North London Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service (DRSS). The Whittington Hospital is a screening centre.

  Whittington Health is an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) with services spanning acute and community care settings across Islington and Haringey, which has an estimated diabetes population of 30,000. The Diabetes team works closely with the Intermediate Diabetes Service, comprising DSNs (5.8 WTE) and Diabetes Dietitians (1 WTE) in Islington and Haringey.  As part of the work to provide integrated care, the Consultants also undertake educational work with primary care and provide practice visits and diabetes training days.

The Diabetes team provides patient structured education programmes for patients with Type 1 diabetes, patients on insulin pumps, patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes and patients planning pregnancy.

Quality improvement audits in both Diabetes and Endocrinology are regularly undertaken, to ensure ongoing high quality care. The team contributes to the national diabetes audits, including inpatient and antenatal care. There are a full range of Whittington Diabetes & Endocrinology management guidelines, which are regularly updated.

The Diabetes & Endocrinology team are fully committed to education, including teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, teaching to primary and secondary care and teaching to clinicians and patients. Medical students are placed with the team, for teaching on the wards, in the outpatient clinic and in formal, lecture-based teaching. The Diabetes & Endocrinology doctors all contribute to medical student exams, both end of first clinical year and final year exams.  The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to medical student teaching and would be welcome to develop any specialist interests in this area.

General Internal Medicine

The Diabetes & Endocrinology Team provide cover for inpatient beds on Victoria Ward, which is shared with the Gastroenterology team. Junior doctor support consists of SpR (rotational between the D&E and renal SpRs), GPVTS trainee and FY1s.  The appointee to this post will provide cover for general medical beds for up to 24 weeks per year.  

This post includes a commitment to the General Medicine consultant on call rota (currently 1 in 16 with cross cover for leave – may reduce to 1 in 20). On weekdays when on-call, the On-Call Consultant does a post take ward round of up to five patients who are in the Emergency Department awaiting a medical bed, or who have been admitted to a ward other than Acute Medical Unit. Consultant support for the take Monday-Friday 0800-2000 is provided by Acute Medicine Consultants. The On-Call Consultant is on call overnight (non-resident). On weekends and bank holidays, the On-Call Consultant is on site working 0800-2000. Five days time off in lieu (TOIL) is allocated for each on call weekend and two days of TOIL for every bank holiday.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent GMC registered qualifications
  • Full GMC registration
  • CCST/CCT in General Internal Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • OR Registration on GMC Specialist register in CCT/CCST in General Internal Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • OR within six months of achieving CCST/CCT
  • High quality skills in general and acute medicine and ability to manage medical takes
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree
  • ALS certificate (active)


Essential criteria
  • Training in General Internal Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology to specialist level or equivalent
  • Ability to make decisions at consultant level
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of complex acute medicine patients Experience and interest in undergraduate teaching.
  • Skill and ability in formal and informal teaching for both under- and postgraduate students, doctors, nurses, patients and others.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in managing complex diabetic foot disease
  • Experience in managing insulin pump therapy
  • Teaching qualification
  • Training in medical education including work based assessments, educational supervision and appraisal

Management, audit and clinical research

Essential criteria
  • Aware of relevant national policies and quality initiatives relating to Diabetes & Endocrinology and acute medicine/GIM
  • Knowledge of local and national standards and national audits relating to Diabetes & Endocrinology and acute medicine/GIM
  • Experience of audit and evidence of completed audit projects
  • Management course
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the organisation of the NHS and the Government’s
  • Presentation of audit projects at national level and/or publication of audit
  • Experience of clinical research
  • Presentation of clinical research at national level
  • Publications, including research or clinical agenda for its modernisation

Communication skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication skills with patients and across the multidisciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Communication skills training

Professional skills

Essential criteria
  • Professional and personal skills to effectively undertake the role of consultant
  • Ability to work flexibly and to adapt to the needs of the service
  • Good computing skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in developing clinical services
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Maria Barnard
Job title
Email address
Additional information

Mr Deepak Suri (deepak.suri@nhs.net) -  Clinical Director for Emergency Integrated Medicine ICSU.

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3254