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Diabetes consultants urged for final push in annual workforce survey

By Editor
23rd January 2018

Diabetes consultants are being urged to take part in an annual workforce survey, with less than a month to go.

One final push is being urged to encourage more entries into the Diabetes Workforce Survey, which closes on February 16.

The project aims to find out where the nation’s diabetes and endocrine consultants work and the type of job plan they have, is now open.

Last year it moved from paper to digital form in a bid to further improve accuracy and response rates, with the move resulting in 395 replies up from the previous year’s total of 269.

The data will be used to inform workforce planning for the future and also highlights where there are current gaps, what consultants do on a daily basis, the proportion of their time they spend on general medicine, specialty work, education and management.

This year there is also a push to get more responses from consultants in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure a wider representation.

The project has been commissioned as a joint venture between the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Diabetes UK, the Society for Endocrinology and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Organiser Dr Stella George, who is a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “The consultants on the database will be sent an email inviting them to answer the survey on December 11. The email will have their own individual link in it – which they mustn’t share – if they have colleagues who have not received  a link- they need to contact me at so that I can send them their own. If they know they didn’t receive one last year they can contact me even before the survey opens and I can get them added to the database ready for launch.”

Previously a paper survey was sent to all identified consultants, asking demographic questions, details about their job plan and if any new colleagues have joined their department. This has enabled the ability to track new appointees and any consultants that have moved trusts. Now the online version will make it easier to disseminate the questions.

The data collection will continue to be performed using the existing infrastructure available at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) workforce unit, allowing a quick transfer of the survey onto an online platform.

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