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Manchester University SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Course: 6 – 7 Mar 2015

Posted by Guest Author on 21 February, 2015

Manchester University Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Course

Dates: 6th and 7th March 2015

Venue: Seminar Room A, 5th Floor, St Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, M13 9WL


Dr Handrean Soran, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Dr Naveed Younis, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust

This is a two day intensive Endocrine and Diabetes SCE exam course delivered by expert consultants specialised in the field they cover. 14 sessions aiming at covering the curriculum. More than 400 new questions will be discussed. Mock exam will be e-mailed pre-course and answers will be provided and discussed.

To reserve your place please send a refundable cheque for £100 (payable to University of Manchester-Lipid Research Fund AA09891 1831/Handrean Soran) with the registration form to: Debra Eccles (Secretary to Dr Handrean Soran) University Department of Medicine, 5th Floor St Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL), e-mail: Debra.Eccles{AT}cmft.nhs.uk

The course is free of charge. The cheques will be available for the delegates to collect on the first day of the meeting. Registration does not include accommodation.

Provisional agenda

Day-1 Friday 6th March

08.30-09.10 Registration, tea/coffee
0.910-09.20 Welcome
09:20-10.20 Why endocrinology SCE exam and how to prepare for it. Dr Naveed Younis
10.20-11.20 Pituitary, Growth hormone, MEN, ectopic hormones. Professor Stephen Shalet
11.20-11.40 Coffee break
11.40-12.40 National and international endocrine guidelines, endocrine consequences of cancer, MEN. Professor Stephen Shalet

12.40-13.20 Lunch

13.20-14.30 General Endocrinology.
14.30-15.30 Lipoprotein disorders, cardiovascular risk management, severe insulin resistance, lypodystrophy. Dr Handrean Soran
15.30-15.50 Coffee break
15.50-16.50 Adrenal, endocrine investigations and dynamic tests. Dr Kelly Cheer
16.50-17.50 Diagnosis, general diabetes management, insulin therapy, pumps, DAFNE, DESMOND, pre-diabetes, data interpretation and relevant guidelines. Dr Naveed Younis
18.00 End of Day-1

Day-2 Saturday 7th March

9.00-10.00 Diabetic foot, type 1 diabetes, diabetes neuropathy (relevant national and NICE guidelines). Professor Satyan RajBhandari
10.00-11.00 Obesity, disorders of appetite & weight, bariatric surgery, related guidelines, weight and diabetes treatment. Dr Akheel Sayed
11.00-11.20 Coffee break
11.20-12.20 Parathyroid, Vitamin D, bone disorders, calcium and electrolytes, miscellaneous endocrine and lessons from previous exams. Dr Handrean Soran
12.20-13.20 Andrology and gonads, related rare conditions and syndromes, erectile dysfunction, PCOS, Hormone replacement. Dr U Srinivas-Shankar

13.20-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Diabetic emergencies, in-patient diabetes, National diabetes Guidelines, Diabetes and endocrine disorders in pregnancy. Dr Prasanna Rao-BalaKrishan.
15.00-16.00 Diabetes Microvascular complications (renal and eye), screening and management, legal issues, Diabetes and driving, miscellaneous and guidelines. Dr Naveed Younis
16.00-16.20 Coffee break
16.20-17.20 Thyroid, Thyroid cancer, Thyroid Nodules general endocrinology and relevant guidelines. Dr Salman Razvi
17.20 End of Day-2

Feedback from previous courses

We e-mailed all the delegates of our previous course and asked them to write to us with their exam results. Everyone who e-mailed us back has passed the exam.

“Your course was very good, though I think your questions were harder. Though the exam did not cover the epidemiology, screening I thought they were excellent sessions.
It was a well run course and excelllnet value for money.I would recommend it highly for anyone doing the exam.”

“The course had been extremely helpful for the exam and I am really thankful to you all.
It would have been even more useful if it was held a bit earlier as I realised I needed to do a lot to get there but did not have enough time left.
Any way I will let you know ones results are back as I feel I may have done a lot of silly mistakes.”

“I felt your course was good preparation and would recommend it to others. I’d suggest some questions on treating hyperparathyroidism in renal impairment.”

“I passed, big thanks to you !!!!”

“I am a … based in … (got special interest in diabetes) attended your course and just now received the pass result -I have passed (1st attempt) . Many thanks for all you help and advice. It really helped.”

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SCE Revision Weekend 7 – 8 Feb 2015

Posted by Guest Author on 6 February, 2015

Specialty Certificate Examination Diabetes & Endocrine Revision Weekend

Cheshire Suite, Airport Marriott Hotel, Hale Road, Hale Barns, Manchester,WA15 8XW

Programme details

Day 1: 07/02/2015

08.30 – Coffee and registration

08.55 – Introduction: Dr.M.Banerjee

9.00 – 10.00 Session E1
Adrenal disorders & Pregnancy with Endocrine disorders: Dr. Basil Issa

10.00 – 11.00 Session E2
Reproductive endocrinology: Dr.J.T.Krishnamurthy

11.00- 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.15 Session D1
Diabetes – General: Dr.S.Rajbhandari

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Session E3
Thyroid disorders (except thyroid cancers): Dr. C Higham

14.00 – 15.00 E4
Thyroid cancers and nodules: Dr. A. Paisley

15.00- 15.15 Coffee

15.15 – 16.15 Session M1
Calcium & bone metabolism: Dr.M.Davies

16.15 – 17.15 Session D2
Diabetes – complications: Dr.N.Younis

17.15 – 17.30 Closing remarks for the day
Day 2: 08/02/2015

8.30 am Coffee and registration

8.45 -9.45 Session E6
Pituitary, MEN & miscellaneous endocrinopathies: Dr.D.Cuthbertson

9.45 – 10.45 Session D3
Diabetes – special circumstances: Dr.M.Banerjee

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.00 Session E5
Paediatric & Transitional Endocrinology: Dr. Helena Gleeson

12.00- 13.00 Session M2
Lipid metabolism and cardiovascular risk: Dr M Banerjee

13.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Session M3
Obesity: Dr.A.Syed

14.30 – 16.00 Session T1
Mock exam (90 minutes – 60 questions)

16.00 – 16.45 Session T2
Coffee + Discussion of Mock exam questions: Dr.M.Banerjee

16.45 – 17.00 Feedback & Conclusion

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RSM Event: Obesity: 9 Dec 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 9 October, 2014

This event has been cancelled; a new date in Spring 2015 will be announced shortly

obesity: epidemiology, complications and management

Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine

1 Wimpole Street

Organised by: Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section

Accreditation: CPD – Applied for


9.00 am
Registration, tea and coffee

9.25 am
Welcome and introduction

Professor Christopher Byrne, Lipids, Metabolism and Vascular Risk Section, Royal Society of Medicine
Morning Session

9.30 am
Obesity epidemic and diabesity

Dr Akheel Syed, Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

10.10 am
Obesity and the dyslipidaemia of diabetes

Professor Paul Durrington, Cardiovascular Research Group, University of Manchester

10.50 am
Tea and coffee break

11.30 am
Adipose tissue depots; are they all the same? Characteristics, Expandability, Lipotoxicity and the Metabolic Syndrome

Professor Antonio Vidal-Puig, Professor in Molecular Nutrition and Metabolism, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge

12.10 pm
Medical management of obesity: Current and future therapies

Speaker to be confirmed

12.50 pm
Afternoon Session

1.40 pm
Surgical management of obesity: What procedure and when?

Professor Basil Amorri, Consultant Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

2.20 pm
Obesity and obstructive sleep apnoea: Implications for lipoproteins, vascular risk, adipose tissue characteristics and the effect of weight loss after bariatric surgery

Dr Handrean Soran, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Central Manchester NHS foundation Trust

3.00 pm
Obesity: Lessons from genetic studies

Prof Sadaf Farooqi, Welcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow, Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, Department of Clinical Biochemistry

3.40 pm
Completion of evaluation forms

3.45 pm
Close of meeting

Further information and to register: Royal Society of Medicine

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11th North West Diabetes & Cardiovascular Update: 26 Nov 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 9 October, 2014

11th North West Diabetes & Cardiovascular Update: 26 Nov 2014

Wednesday 26th November 2014
De Vere Whites, Reebok Stadium, De Havilland Way, Bolton, BL6 6SF

CPD accreditation (5 points) applied for.

To reserve your place email: Lipid Clinic or fax: 0161 276 3630


08.45 – 09.15 Registration

09.15 – 09.20 Welcome
Session 1 Chair: Dr Naveed Younis

09.20 – 10.00 Managing obesity in diabetes and how to deploy our therapeutic options. Dr Akheel Syed, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford.
Q&A session

10.00 – 10.40 Bariatric surgery: indications, choice, guidelines and it’s role in managing type 2 diabetes. Professor Basil Ammori, Professor in Surgery, University of Manchester, Manchester.
Q&A session

10.40 – 11.10 Tea & Coffee
Session 2 Chair: Dr Handrean Soran

11.10 – 11.50 Diabetes in the elderly, institutionalised patients and end of life care. Dr Naveed Younis, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester.
Q&A session

11.50 – 12.30 X-PERT diabetes programme – A South Manchester Perspective. Helen Tyrer, Podiatrist, University Hospital South Manchester & Amy Griffiths, Community Dietician for Long Term Conditions, University Hospital of South Manchester.
Q&A session

12.30 – 13.30  Lunch & Networking
Session 3  Dr Naveed Younis

13.30 – 14.15 Glucose lowering and cardiovascular events: interpretation of the DPP4 trials. Professor Kausik Ray, Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, St George’s University Hospital, London.
Q&A session

14.15 – 14.55 New national and international lipid modification guidelines and their clinical impact illustrated by case presentations. Dr Handrean Soran, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, Manchester.
Q&A session

14.55 – 15.35 Insulin pump: Indications, guidelines and evidence. Dr Lalantha Leelarathna, Consultant Physician and Diabetologist, Diabetes Centre, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester.

15.45 Close


Organised by Dr Handrean Soran & Dr Naveed Younis
The organisers will not receive speaker honorarium or any other fee for chairing the sessions and organising the meeting

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8th NORTH WEST LIPID FORUM: 3rd December 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 9 October, 2014

I am delighted to invite you to attend the 8th North West Lipid Forum. I attached the agenda and registration form. To reserve your place, please complete the form and return at your earliest convenience to Lipid Clinic or Fax to 0161 276 4684.



Dr Handrean Soran MSc, MD, FRCP

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist & Clinical Lead Department of Medicine, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

8th NORTH WEST LIPID FORUM Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 0900-1600


0850-0915 Registration and Tea

0915-0920 Welcome. Dr Handrean Soran

Session 1 Chair TBC

0920-1000 NICE guidelines, their development and the international context. Professor Anthony S. Wierzbicki, Consultant in Metabolic Medicine & Chemical Pathology. Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK.

1000-1040 Why do we have British guidelines on hypertension, but not hyperlipidaemia? A disservice to people with hyperlipidaemia. Professor Paul Durrington, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

1040-1100 Coffee

Session 2 Chair Professor Paul Durrington

1100-1140 An overview and what we learned from Simon Broom registry data? Professor Andrew Neild, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK.

1140-1220 Familial Hypercholesterolaemia cascade testing in Wales and the experience so far. Dr Dev Datta Consultant in Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine University Hospital Llandough, Wales, UK.

1220-1300 Genetics of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. Professor Steve Humphries, University College London, London, UK.

1300-1415 Lunch and networking

Session 3 Chair Dr Mary Seed

1415-1450 PCSK9: natural history and targeted treatment of GoF Mutations with PCSK9 Monoclonal Antibody and its effect in Homozygous Familial Hypercholestrolaemia. Dr Handrean Soran, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.

1450-1510 Liver transplantation as a therapeutic option in Homozygous Familial Hypercholestrolaemia: Overview of the Literature and a case presentation. Dr Anne-Marie Kelly, Consultant Chemical Pathologist & Hospital Dean, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.

1510-1530 Homozygous Familial Hypercholestrolaemia and pregnancy. Sister Ruth Eatough, Cardiovascular Trials Unit, Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.

1530-1550 A review of paradoxical HDL-C responses to fenofibrate, illustrated by a case report. Dr Jonathan Schofield, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

1550-1600 Close and feedback

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Preston Pituitary Meeting: 15 Oct 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 9 October, 2014

Preston Pituitary Meeting

Wednesday 15th October 2014

Education Centre Royal Preston Hospital


12.45-13.45  Lunch

13.45-14.45 11C-Methionine PET-CT/MRI: a novel adjunctive imaging modality for pituitary adenomas

Dr Mark Gurnell, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

14.45-15.15 ENT aspects of pituitary surgery

Mr John De Carpentier, Consultant ENT surgeon, Royal Preston Hospital

15.15-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-16.15 Growth Hormone deficiency in adults – diagnosis and management

Dr Rob Murray, Consultant Endocrinologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

16.15-17.00 Pituitary case presentations

Chair Dr Simon Howell, Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Preston Hospital

17.00 Close

For Further Information and to register please contact Alison Jones or Louise Mummberson

3 CPD points: Approval sought from the Royal College of Physicians

Dr Simon Howell


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Clinical Career journal

Posted by Guest Author on 9 August, 2014

Clinical Career journal

This is the last time the journal is available without Subscription but all trainees are able to sign up to a free lifetime subscription if they do so by 30th September 2014, after which, it converts to its proper paid subscription. Consequently, I am keen to reach as many from FY-level to just approaching CCT as possible so they don’t miss out.

Since its launch late last year, Clinical Career has made a tremendous impact throughout the medical trainee fraternity to the extent that we now have over 6,000 registered subscribers and the number of contributors to the journal has increased substantially. In our third edition we look to build on this success with another collection of insightful and thought-provoking articles, including:

Changing Training for the Better
Revalidation for SAS doctors and juniors in non-training posts
Diabetes and the Junior Doctor
Becoming a Medicolegal Adviser
Enabling Environments: The Challenge of Working as a Doctor with an Impairment
7 Reasons Why Doctors Make Great Entrepreneurs
Medical Careers in 2014: Is the Future Bright?
Innovation, Healthcare and Hidden Potential
So You Want to be on TV?: Interview with Dr Mark Porter, GP and media personality
Effective Presentation Skills: Optional or Mandatory?
Working as a Locum.


Dr Sara Watkin
Editor in Chief, Clinical Career Journal, Insights Publishing LLP
Consultant Neonatologist & Service Lead, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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RCPE Course: Writing a Journal Article: 3 Nov 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 19 July, 2014

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


RCPE Course: Writing a Journal Article

Dear Colleague

RCPE Course: Writing a Journal Article
Monday 3 November 2014

Clinicians regularly submit papers for publication which, while containing excellent and original clinical detail, may be rejected as soon as they are received by an editor or are put out for peer review. This situation can be demoralising and lead to an author questioning his or her work.

The Writing a Journal Article course aims to assist clinicians in improving their publication rates and/or the level of journal in which their papers appear. It provides valuable insights into how to plan, structure, develop and write a scientific paper; information on what editors and reviewers look for in papers; and original analyses of trends in medical publishing.

This one-day course is for anyone who is writing – or drawing together material for – an article for a peer reviewed journal. It would be of particular value to doctors in training interested in getting onto the first rung of the publications ladder and to consultants or GPs interested in publishing and disseminating original research in higher impact journals. Additionally, experienced authors may wish to recommend the course to less experienced co-authors.

Previous courses at RCPE have been oversubscribed and early application is therefore advised. Full details are available on the College website or by contacting Helen Elliott at the College (email h.elliott@rcpe.ac.uk or call 0131 247 3639) .

Dr Nicki Colledge
Director of Education
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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SfE Clinical Update: 3-5 Nov 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 19 July, 2014

Registration and case submission now open!

The Society for Endocrinology’s Clinical Update draws a wide delegation of endocrine professionals from across the UK, providing an ideal forum to present your work and share professional experiences with peers and experts within the field.

Covering all eight strands of the curriculum, the interactive three day course provides you with a comprehensive clinical practice update, alongside indispensable training in preparation for the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Full Clinical Update 2014 programme

Call for cases now open

Delegates are asked to submit an abstract of a representative, routine clinical case that will be of core interest. Cases do not have to be unusual or ground-breaking, simply representative of what you would see day-to-day in your clinic.

Why submit your case for Clinical Update 2014?

  • Have the opportunity to present your research and share professional experiences
  • Gain recognition for your work and receive feedback from peers and senior endocrinologists
  • All submitted accepted cases will be published in the final programme book
  • All cases chosen for presentation will be awarded a certificate and will be considered for a CET Case Presentation prize.

Information on how to plan and prepare your abstract and using the simple online submission process is available on the Clinical Update website.

Ensure that your work is part of Clinical Update 2014, submit your case online by 23.59 (GMT) 14 September 2014. 

Find out more

98% of attendees in 2013 would recommend Clinical Update to a colleague

3 – 5 November 2014

The Palace Hotel, Manchester

Submit a case
Register your place
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Endocrine Nurse Update: 15-16 Sep 2014

Posted by Guest Author on 19 July, 2014

Endocrine Nurse Update 2014

Endocrine Nurse Update, 15 – 16 September 2014, Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham

Share the latest advances in endocrine nursing expertise, discover the most recent developments and meet colleagues from around the UK

Providing dedicated training for established and new-to-post specialist endocrine nurses, this renowned course offers an indispensable update on best practice and the latest developments in the endocrine nursing field.

Designed by nurses for nurses, Endocrine Nurse Update follows a comprehensive 3-year rolling educational programme which explores a wide range of endocrine topics relevant to nurses specialising in the endocrine field. This year an exciting range of topics include: Growth hormone deficiency, parathyroid disorders, osteoporosis and cranial tumours.

Over two days, the Endocrine Nurse Update features various interactive sessions, workshops and discussions opportunities. This year the workshops will be of a particularly interactive nature, where delegates will be asked to participate in discussions and bring their own local protocols, patient information leaflets, examples of interesting cases and materials they use in the education of patients, in order to share and discuss.

Places are limited and are available on a firstcome, first served basis.

The Endocrine Nurse Update has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation for a total of 14 hours.

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Endocrine Nurse Update

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