GRID training

GRID training


Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes is delivered in Glasgow to a level that is recognised by the BSPED CSAC as sufficient for training in tertiary level training in this speciality.

Location and Facilities

Royal Hospital for Children

  • 300 bed inpatient facility with Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.
  • Tertiary referral services for 3-3.5 million of the population of Scotland.
  • Some services are provided for the whole of Scotland as part of a clinical network
  • Research active department with scope to perform research in many fields
  • Established links with adult endocrinology colleagues in the West of Scotland
  • One of a handful of centres in the United Kingdom which provides training in bone metabolism as part of training in diabetes and endocrinology.
  • Joint clinics with several specialties including genetics, orthopaedics, nephrology, haematology, oncology and reproductive endocrinology.
  • Dedicated clinics for Turner Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, DSD, Hyperinsulinism, Endocrine Genetic Tumours, Complex Bone, Craniopharyngioma, Gender Dysphoria


The endocrine service is delivered by a team of four endocrine consultants, together with a consultant neonatologist with an interest in endocrinology and metabolic bone disease, two registrars, one FY2, three endocrine nurses, a specialist dietician, a specialist occupational therapist and two clinical secretaries. There is a named clinical psychologist dedicated for cases of DSD and a named bone densitometry technologist.  In addition, there are visiting registrars, consultants and research fellows who may staff some of the above clinics. There are two sessions a week for day-case investigations. A consultant grand ward round is held once a week. Regular meetings for endocrine training include the weekly unit meeting, weekly education meeting, monthly x-ray meeting and the monthly DSD diagnostic meeting. The endocrinologists provide an outreach endocrine service in the West of Scotland and the service is also involved in providing specialist input at other endocrine centres through a network of clinics throughout Scotland. The endocrine service also participates in other MCNs. The congenital hypothyroid screening programme for Scotland is also coordinated from Glasgow.


The diabetes service is provided by a team of five consultants, one associate specialist,  seven diabetes nurse specialists and four dieticians and covers the Greater Glasgow  & Clyde Area, providing care for over 600 diabetic patients. The service also has a named psychologist and liaison social worker. As well as gaining broad experience in the care and management of T1DM, there is also exposure to patients with T2DM and insulin pumps, as well as diabetes secondary to conditions such as cystic fibrosis, and glucocorticoid treatment in leukaemia and renal patients. There is a weekly unit meeting and a psychosocial meeting approximately every 4 weeks.  The trainee would be encouraged to participate in daily ward rounds, outpatient review of established patients, home visits and school visits, as well as being involved in new patient diagnosis and education.

The service has close links with the metabolic medicine service that consists of two consultants and a dietician. Opportunity exists to join these clinics.


The service has the facilities, resources and experience necessary to provide high quality training in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and fulfills the training recommended by the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and BSPED for accreditation. There is a large and active clinical workload representing all the sub-specialities of Paediatrics.  The Consultant team has a strong research ethos. We are confident we can offer a varied and challenging training program to suit trainees who wish to be full time tertiary endocrinologists



Further information from:       Dr M Guftar Shaikh                                        0141 451 6548