ADEPT – (Achieve Develop Explore Programme for Trainees)

ADEPT logoNIMDTA, in cooperation with partner host organisations in Northern Ireland, launched a Clinical Leadership Fellows’ programme for the first time during  the 2015-2016 training year. This programme provides senior doctors in training an opportunity to take time out of programme for 1 year to work in an apprenticeship model with senior leaders in host organisations in Northern Ireland to develop organisational and leadership skills.

Clinical Leadership Fellows undertake one or more specific projects in their host organisations under supervision, attend formal leadership training including mentoring and coaching, and be provided with opportunities to network and learn with healthcare colleagues.

2017/2018 ADEPT Programme

NIMDTA is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017/2018 ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellow Programme

The ADEPT Launch Open Evening was held on Monday 9th January 2017 at NIMDTA Offices, Beechill House; 5pm-7pm.  This event provided interested trainees with an opportunity to meet with representatives of sponsoring organisations, and trainees who have already experienced similar excellent opportunities.

Please see below for further details:

The ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellows Programme is launched in partnership with the DHSSPS, HSCB, RQIA, HSC Safety Forum, HSC Leadership Centre and HSC Trusts.

Places on ADEPT are open to the following:

  • Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate medical training programme who will be entering ST4 level or above in August 2017.
  • General Practice trainees in the Northern Ireland GP training programme who will be entering ST3 level in August 2017.
  • Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate dental training programme who will be entering ST3 level or above in August 2017.

Leadership Fellows will be appointed through a competitive process involving submission of an application form, attendance at interview and delivery of a presentation.

ADEPT Open Evening Monday 9 January 2017 (5pm – 7pm at NIMDTA)
Recruitment Opening Monday 16 January 2017
Recruitment Closing Monday 6 February 2017 at 4pm
Shortlisting Outcome released By Friday 10 February 2017
Interviews 14 March 2017
Offers Made By Mid March 2017 (within 5 days of interview)
Post Commencement and Induction Wednesday 2 August 2017

To make an application to the ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellow Programme, please complete and return the following forms electronically to by Monday 6 February 2017 at 4:00pm:

Information on the projects and Host Organisations can be found through the following links:

If you have any queries with regards to the recruitment process, the ADEPT Clinical Fellowship Programme or with any of the projects, please find attached a contact list or

2016/2017 ADEPT Programme

The second cohort of Clinical Leadership Fellows were appointed following very competitive interviews on Thursday 10 March 2016 and commenced the programme on Wednesday 3 August 2016.

Details in relation to each of the ADEPT Fellows and the projects they are undertaking can be found below:

ADEPT Clinical Fellow Stories
Leadership Development Programme
The Clinical Leadership Fellows will also be undertaking a Leadership Development Programme during 2016-17 which is being delivered by the HSC Leadership Centre.

This Leadership Development Programme consists of induction, coaching, mentoring, insight visits, action learning set, leadership modules and a quality improvement project.

The leadership modules are shaped around themes in the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model:

  • Inspiring a Shared Purpose
  • Leading with Care
  • Evaluating Information
  • Connecting Our Service
  • Sharing the Vision
  • Engaging the Team
  • Holding to Account
  • Developing Capability
  • Influencing for Results