Consultants in diabetes today provide vital clinical and strategic leadership within their Trusts, both as clinical and medical directors, and in a variety of roles in the wider health economy. In addition to continuous professional development, which all healthcare professionals are required to complete, ABCD encourages its members to engage in continuing personal development, providing a range of development opportunities for those who might wish to take on leadership roles in the future.
ABCD offers two distinct personal development opportunities for diabetologists and endocrinologists, namely: the ABCD Consultant Development Programme (CDP) and the the National Diabetes Consultant Mentorship Programme (NDCMP).
These programmes, which are accredited as credit-earning short courses through the Academic Institute of Medicine at the University of Wolverhampton are open to all ABCD members. Each programme is designed to provide appropriate, timely and focused personal development for doctors as they progress from specialist registrar to newly-appointed consultant and beyond.