Taster Modules

Taster Module attachments provide training opportunities to trainees in their second year of foundation training (F2).  Taster Modules are an opportunity to experience up to a five-day period in a specialty and should be undertaken in specialties that were not previously available to the trainee in their F1 year or that they are not undertaking in their F2 year.   Taster Modules cannot be facilitated outside Northern Ireland.

Foundation Year 2 doctors can use their study leave to develop experiential placements in specialties that they want to explore.  There are 2 purposes for these placements:

1.     To give F2 doctors some understanding of what the specialtycould offer them as a future career
2.     To develop their understanding of the specialty and it’s contribution to the care and safety of the patients

Deanery guidelines for Study Leave apply to Taster Module applications.  The attachment should be well planned with agreed aims to be achieved and a clear understanding about how the attachment will be assessed.  Where possible, the taster module should take place in the hospital in which the F2 trainee is based.

A one-week attachment provides at least 40 hours of specific interaction offering an insight into the workings of a specialty.  If such attachments are focused they should be able to contribute significantly to the understanding and professional development of a Foundation Year 2 trainee.
 
Depending on local circumstance, one or two F2 trainees could be accommodated concurrently in the specialty.  However, as these attachments are intended to provide hands-on experience of the specialty they are not suited to a course or tutorial-based approach.  The F2 trainee should review his / her understanding of the specialty before starting the placement.

If such attachments are focused they should be able to contribute significantly to the understanding and development of a Foundation Year 2 trainee. The F2 trainee should review his / her understanding of the specialty before starting the placement.

Taster Modules should not take place during weeks with Bank Holidays, designated hospital holiday times or in the week in which a new four-month placement begins or ends.  Equally they should preferably not take place during a week in which the trainee is due to attend Generic Skills Training.

A report on the taster module should be completed promptly and included in the Foundation Learning Portfolio.  Consultants participating in the Taster Module scheme will be asked to give feedback on those who have participated.

Please click on the following link to download Taster Modules - Process and Application Form.

Taster Session in Public Health

If you are interested in attending a Taster session in Public Health  you may wish to attend one of the events below.   This will be an opportunity to hear from consultants and registrars working in Public Health about day to day work in this specialty and to discuss the application process with the Training Programme Director.  You MUST confirm your attendance by emailing denise.ohagan@hscni.net as the events may not proceed if there is little interest.

  • 9 Oct 2-5pm
  • 23 Oct 2-5pm

Both sessions will take place in Conference Room 1, 12-22 Linenhall St Belfast.

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