Much has been written and discussed about the role of the specialist within the confines of the modern NHS. There is a growing realisation that having a specialist rigidly based in hospital is becoming difficult to sustain; instead, flexibility is now crucial as primary and specialist care look to work together to improve diabetes care.
With the challenges of the Five Year Forward View (NHS England, 2014) upon us in England, and similar pressures elsewhere, this session looks at nuances within the existing consultant contract that would allow us to develop specialist roles for the future.
The potential abounds for improving the way in which specialists work with primary care. This session will look at exploring the areas of controversy and see what maybe feasible in the future.