Specialised endocrinology

This Respond and Advise Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers covers specialised endocrinology services. Endocrine glands secrete hormones directly into the blood stream. The main endocrine glands are the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes and adrenal glands. Many endocrine conditions may be treated in local hospitals, but patients with complex or co-morbid conditions may require referral to specialist centres for consultant opinion or further management.


This clinical reference group covers:

  • the management of people with specialist thyroid conditions including thyroid malignancies and complex parathyroid conditions in pregnancy, hypoparathyroidism and complex problems of calcium/phosphate handling
  • services for people with pituitary/hypothalamic conditions including adrenal insufficiency and complex pituitary conditions in pregnancy
  • services for people with neuro-endocrine tumours
  • services for people with defined Familial Endocrine Conditions which need genetic markers
  • services for people with defined reproductive conditions including intersexual states.


  • Chair: Professor Neil Gittoes, Consultant Endocrinologist and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM), University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Ian Wren, Lead Commissioner
  • Professor John Newell-Price, Clinical Member/Cancer Liaison
  • Dr Daniel Flanagan, Clinical member
  • Phillip Newland Jones, Pharmacy lead
  • Angeline Walker, Public Health lead


  • John Wass, Endocrinology GIRFT


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:



Not routinely commissioned

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