Survey of Learning opportunities

Over the last few months , the focus has been shifting from face-to-face teaching to a more virtual approach with the ability to attend meetings from the comfort of not having to search for a parking spot (among other things). We would like to know the thoughts of our members on how this resonates among our group and whether there are any particular preferences. Please provide your responses. This may influence the decision on upcoming teaching sessions depending on the overall outlook. The poll will end on 15th of November and based on the answers , we can push for advice to the TPD and trainee representatives in order to facilitate future sessions for the North-west sector.

North-West Endocrinology Teaching Days 2020-21

Please note that the next Northwest Training days are as follows:

  1. 22nd of December 2020 – Hosted by Bolton NHS FT – Theme to be confirmed
  2. 20th of January 2021 – Hosted by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals – Royal Preston Hospital – Pituitary

Trainees are advised to contact their respective rota managers and arrange for the afternoon off. Teaching will be delivered online via Zoom and as this can be accessed remotely, will allow for better participation.

For all participants, please note the following rules for the sessions :

  1. Microphones to be muted unless instructed by the speaker.
  2. Any questions to be posted on the chat bar.
  3. Please stay safe and try and avoid watching while driving (new Driving regulations)
  4. We are aiming to record sessions and make them available either through the website or on the cloud for access for a limited period so as to allow those who have other commitments such as Annual Leave, Nights/ long day on calls etc.
  5. Start times will be between 1:30 – 2 pm – Please await instructions closer to the date for joining and ID.

Any further questions to be directed to the Trainee Representatives who will aim to answer any queries as best as possible.

Please do note that this is going to be a different (hopefully better) way of delivering the teaching sessions. Any feedback (positive or negative) is appreciated. Please contact on

Manchester Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes

Date: 6th and 7th November 2020

Venue: Virtual Interactive

Organisers: Dr Handrean Soran & Dr Naveed Younis

Course Lead: Dr Handrean Soran (

Any enquires please email the course coordinator (

An example of what the course provides:

  • More than 250 new questions will be discussed in 14 sessions covering the whole curriculum.
  • Access to another ~120 questions from our pool (mock exams included).
  • Focus on clinically relevant areas and popular exam topics.
  • Speaker’s predictions on potential areas of interest.
  • An overall update in endocrinology and diabetes.

Who should attend?

SpRs in Endocrinology and Diabetes, CMTs who plan a career in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine trainees, any other UK based or overseas trainee or HCP who is intending to have a career in Diabetes and Endocrinology and/or planning to take the SCE exam or to improve his/her knowledge in Endocrinology and Diabetes. Primary care physicians/trainees and overseas doctors are welcome. The course provides an extensive review and update of all the Endocrinology and Diabetes curriculum.

To reserve your place:

  • Complete the Registration Form.
  • Payment £250.00 before 14th October 2020 (£300 after 14th October 2020): payable via below PayPal account. Please make sure you send your payment once you finish the registration to receive the confirmation . NO confirmation will be sent without receiving the payment.
  • Cancellation policy: registration fee is not refundable if cancellation after 26th October 2020.
  • Only 40 Places are available. First come, first served. Registration will close on 26th October 2020.
  • The link to the online interactive programme will be emailed to the delegates one week in advance. The link allows only one person to join. No other people should be present except the delegate.
  • Delegates should keep the camera open all the time during the course to allow best interaction. If the camera is closed or other conditions breached the delegate may be blocked.

Obesity: A critical risk factor in the COVID‐19 pandemic

Obesity is an emerging independent risk factor for susceptibility to and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2). Previous viral pandemics have shown that obesity, particularly severe obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2), is associated with increased risk of hospitalization, critical care admission and fatalities. In this narrative review, we examine emerging evidence of the influence of obesity on COVID‐19, the challenges to clinical management from pulmonary, endocrine and immune dysfunctions in individuals with obesity and identify potential areas for further research. We recommend that people with severe obesity be deemed a vulnerable group for COVID‐19; clinical trials of pharmacotherapeutics, immunotherapies and vaccination should prioritize inclusion of people with obesity.

© 2020 The Authors. Clinical Obesity published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of World Obesity Federation.

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Next Upcoming Society for Endocrinology Webinar -Michael O’Reilly

Dear all, hope you have managed to register for the clinical webinars from the summer series of the Society For Endocrinology.

The next topic is on Adreno-cortical tumours. This is an excellent way for those in the training pathway as well as non trainees to update their knowledge on this topic.

Date – 12 August 2020 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm