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New diabetes research training scheme for GPs

Diabetes UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have joined forces to launch a diabetes research training scheme for GPs.

The fellowship, called The Diabetes UK-RCGP Academic Fellowship in General Practice, will provide support to help GPs who have completed vocational training within the last five years to undertake training in research at a UK Higher Education institution leading to a MSc or MRes relevant to diabetes research.

As there are 2.8 million people in the UK with diabetes and an estimated 850,000 people with Type 2 diabetes who are unaware they have the condition, GPs play a vital role in supporting diabetes management in primary care and in the diagnosis and treatment of people with diabetes. However, there is a lack of opportunities for GPs to receive research training to answer important questions and help improve the early diagnosis and management of diabetes in a primary care setting.

Supporting GPs

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: "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.

"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."

Professor Helen Lester, Chair of the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) at the RCGP and Secretary to the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board who are joint funding this initiative, 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."

More information

Further details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at Diabetes UK webpages for researchers. Please contact Diabetes UK’s Research Team (020 7424 1129 if you would like to apply for this scheme or to discuss your eligibility.

For informal enquires at the RCGP please contact Professor Helen Lester ( or Dr Imran Rafi (

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