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The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists is the national organisation of Consultant Physicians in Britain who specialise in Diabetes Mellitus. Most are also Acute General Physicians, and many are also Specialists in Endocrinology and Lipid Metabolism.


  • Membership of the UK’s leading specialist association of clinical and academic diabetologists
  • Representing Diabetologists in national health decision making by influencing health policy and improving clinical practice at the highest levels in the organisation of the national health service
  • Committed to the preservation and support of diabetes specialist care services
  • Supporting the growth of local secondary care diabetes services to provide leadership and guidance for local diabetes communities
  • Representing diabetes specialists who also practice endocrinology, general medicine and acute medicine and understanding the resulting multiple pressures particularly in the current financial climate


  • Meetings designed for busy clinicians with discounted delegate rates for members which offset the annual subscription
  • Hard copy subscription to The British Journal of Diabetes (UK members only)
  • Fortnightly email newsletter providing current updates
  • Free online access to Practical Diabetes – the peer reviewed journal most dedicated to providing practical support to those involved in diabetes care on the front line
  • Provision of high quality training for Specialist Registrars in diabetes and endocrinology
  • Opportunities to contribute to and learn from national audits of new therapies eg exenatide and liraglutide
  • Opportunities to set up and run your own nationwide audits or surveys
  • Access to Member only resources on our website.

Supporting and Mentoring

  • Networking with fellow diabetologists who face the same pressures throughout the UK at meetings each year
  • Supporting the development of newly appointed consultants through a national mentoring programme
  • Speciality support for revalidation
  • Opportunity to apply for ABCD Research Grants 
  • Support for members’ applications under the Department of Health’s Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA)
  • Access to contact details of other ABCD members via the online directory
  • Providing specific SpR benefits
  • Meetings and travel grants of up to £1000 for attendance at international meetings
  • Discounted rates for diabetes trainees to attend ABCD meetings
  • Annual SpR meetings
  • Participation in the ABCD Lifelong Learning Programme
  • 20% discount on The Royal Society of Medicine membership for ABCD Member

Membership of ABCD is restricted to Consultant Diabetologists in the United Kingdom and all SpRs training in Diabetes and Endocrinology in the United Kingdom.

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If you are a UK NHS healthcare professional (e.g. nurses, allied healthcare professionals or academic diabetes researcher) working at least 50% of your working time in diabetes field, you may be eligible for Associate Membership.

Associate members are able to access all the benefits of full membership except committee membership and voting at the AGM. Associate members in training roles would be eligible for travel grants. Associate members, however, may be co-opted to committees to support the work of the organisation. Priority for attending educational meetings, courses, events, and development programmes will be given to full members.

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