A new training scheme has been launched that aims to offer GPs more information on and guidance on diabetes . The research schemen, which is being run by Diabetes UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), will offer support for GPs who have finished their vocational training within the last five years so that they can undergo training in diabetes research .
The schemen, The Diabetes UK-RCGP Academic Fellowship in General Practice, allows doctors to attend a higher education institution in the UK, which leading to either an MSc or MRes relevant to diabetes research.
Iain Framen, director of research at the charity, commented “Diabetes UK is delighted to join forces with the RCGP to launch a research training scheme that aims to help plug the gap that exists in research training for GPs.”
He added “GPs are key in delivering essential improvements in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes and through this fellowship, Diabetes UK and the RCGP aim to support promising research-focused GPs in gaining the research training they need to help improve the lives of people living with diabetes further.”
Helen Lester, who is head of the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) at the RCGP also said “This is a wonderful opportunity for a GP to develop excellent research skills applied to diabetes whilst working under the supervision of a University academic department.”

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