Peer Interview Scheme

Peer Interview Scheme finalNIMDTA is proudly supporting the Peer Interview Scheme for the second year. The scheme is designed for trainees transitioning from Foundation Training to Specialty Training and from Core to Higher Training.

The aim is to prepare applicants for interview through a series of workshops, talks and an interview with peers. Feedback will be offered on the evening for all applicants.
Places are available for the following events:

Foundation to Specialty Training

·       Thursday 17 January 2019

Core to Higher Training

·       Wednesday 27 February 2019

·       Thursday 14 March 2019

Spaces are limited for this event and a waiting list will be compiled.

Booking is essential and we advise trainees to book early. Click here to book.

Trainee Feedback received in 2018:

“I was lucky to be able to avail of the Peer mentoring interview scheme. This was a pilot scheme and was extremely beneficial to my future career progression.

I was aware of my lack of interview experience (my last medical interview being on application to medicine, many years ago) and thus the need to improve upon this. Thus this opportunity was great. The scheme was excellent and was run very efficiently. I initially felt very anxious as I felt unprepared but this pilot was what I needed to help me progress. I would definitely recommend it to other Foundation year doctors who are preparing for interviews.

The examiners were excellent and were trained in giving feedback. This was both written and verbal. The actual interview, timing and structure was very realistic and thus makes the real interview process seem somewhat less daunting.

I also enjoyed the teaching session by various speakers including N.I.M.D.T.A professionals, doctors in training posts and senior consultants. Topics such as tips on interview and practical advice on what is required were presented.

All staff were very approachable and this allowed me and fellow colleagues to ask questions and learn more from doctors currently in that speciality.
To summarise I feel that this is an excellent scheme and hope that is available to more candidates in years to come, on a permanent basis.”


Dental Educational Supervisor closing date for applications is 11.02.2019

NIMDTA would welcome applications for the post of Dental Educational Supervisor, closing date for applications is 11.02.2019

RCSED visit to Belfast – February 2019

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BMA Research grants open for online application from 1 January 2019

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year (totalling just over £800,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. Applications are invited from doctors and research scientists and can be for either research in progress or prospective research.

All BMA Foundation grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 1 January 2019. The application deadline is 1 March 2019.

Please see the poster below for further details:

If you have any queries please contact or telephone 020 7383 6341.


Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2019 | Thursday & Friday, January 17th / 18th | Titanic, Belfast

The Critical Care Reviews Meeting is a niche event focusing on the latest major critical care trials. Its aim is two-fold; firstly, to discuss the best critical care trials of the previous year with their chief investigators, and secondly, to host major trial results presentations. The 2018 meeting hosted the results presentation of landmark ANZICS’ ADRENAL trial, which was live streamed in conjunction with a simultaneous New England Journal of Medicine publication.

For 2019, the trials confirmed at present are PARAMEDIC-2 (adrenaline in cardiac arrest), EOLIA (ECMO in ARDS), POLAR(prophylactic therapeutic hypothermia in TBI), TARGET (calorific targets in ICU), APROCCHSS(steroids in sepsis), SUP-ICU (stress ulcer prophylaxis in ICU), POPPI (psychological support for the critically ill) PHARLAP (open lung approach in ARDS), PAMPer (air medical team delivered prehospital plasma in trauma) and SMART (saline vs balanced crystalloid in ICU). MIND-USA, AI in sepsis and ANDROMEDA-SHOCK have recently been added to the programme.

In addition, we have panel discussions on these major trials and also future  trial design, plus a series of talks on how our speakers actually manage conditions in their area of expertise, rather than what the literature suggests we should do. The annual honorary John Hinds Trauma Lecture will be delivered by Prof Maureen McCunn, from Baltimore, USA, entitled “A Culture of Excellence – the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center”.

The meeting is modern in its outlook,

a comprehensive social programme, reduced delegate hotel rates and a family friendly approach, including maternity & paternity leave registration rates, a baby feeding area and free childcare (limited availability).

Further details are available on the Critical Care Reviews Meeting Webpage, including online registration. Please feel free to email for additional information. Critical Care Reviews is a not-for-profit organisation.

Promo video here

Save the Date – ADEPT Open Evening

To launch the 2019/2020 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme, NIMDTA will be hosting an Open Evening at on Monday 21st January 2019 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The event is tailored for those interested in applying for this programme.

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Study of Resilience and Burnout in Doctors

This national study of the UK’s medical work force will assess resilience, professional quality of life and coping mechanisms in doctors. Our study group has contacted speciality colleges throughout the UK who have agreed to disseminate our survey to their membership by email and in college newsletters. As of April 2018 the following colleges have agreed to disseminate our survey:

  • The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • The Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Royal College of Physicians London
  • Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Pathological Society
  • Society for Acute Medicine
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • Association of Palliative Medicine
  • The British Medical Journal

This study was piloted within a single NHS trust in 2016. I have included the link to a publication from the BMJ postgraduate medical journal that reports our findings in appendix 1.

We propose your organisation would forward an email invitation to all trainees that includes a hyperlink to our online survey. The three questionnaires that make up the survey are all validated psychological measures/scoring systems and as a result are easy to complete. I have attached a PDF copy of the survey.

This study has received approval from the South Eastern Trust Research and Development office and from Queen’s University Belfast.

This is the first study of its kind in the UK and our findings will be presented and published in due course. We would be happy to forward our results of our research to your organisation for dissemination.

If you have any further questions or require any more information please do not hesitate to contact any member of our study group.

Kinds Regards,

QO|LCARE Study group

Nicola McKinley (Surgical Registrar)
Liam Convie (Clinical Research Fellow)
Jeffrey Campbell (Consultant Surgeon)
Stephen Kirk (Consultant Surgeon)
Martin Dempster (Psychologist)


Appendix 1


Appendix 2 


Dear Doctor

We write to you with regard to an online survey that we are undertaking and would appreciate if you would consider completing a questionnaire for us. We expect that it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This survey aims to explore how doctors rate their professional quality of life and job satisfaction. It also aims to quantify resilience and assess what coping mechanisms doctors are using.

You will not be asked to enter any identifiable information and in that regard the survey is anonymous.

If you wish to proceed or would like some additional information before deciding whether or not to participate in this study, please follow the hyperlink to our online survey at a time that is convenient to you in the next 8 weeks.

Kind Regards,

QOLCARE study group
telephone: +44(0)7399328638






Guidance Surrounding Death

The Department of Health has released new guidance surrounding death for health and social care professionals on its website –

This website provides policy guidance as well as templates, forms and implementation aids on how to verify life as being extinct, death certification, when to refer to the coroner and specific guidance on stillbirth and cremation certification. Education material is also provided specifically for primary care doctors and secondary care hospital doctors. In addition, there is a training package related to the use of the Regional Mortality and Morbidity Review System.

Please keep yourselves up to date by visiting the website and reading the new guidance



Meeting of Irish Association of Pharmacologists

IAPThe Irish Association of Pharmacologists meeting is a one-day event representing a wide array of laboratory-based and clinical disciplines. Full details of the programme are available at

This live educational event counts for 5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

The meeting will take place on Friday 30 November at the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.  This is a large purpose-built centre for research located on the Queen’s University campus at the Belfast City Hospital site.

WWIEM sits adjacent to the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology and, as such, the venue is right in the hub of health sciences research in Belfast.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for presentation of state-of-the-art lectures in areas considered of great relevance to healthcare.  Join us for a fantastic programme.  Highlights will include keynote presentations from:

  • Jochen Prehn (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) on nerve cell death
  • Amrita Ahluwalia (William Harvey Research Institute, London) on sodium nitrite and cardioprotection
  • Danny McAuley (Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University of Belfast) on acute respiratory distress syndrome

Delegates can enjoy these talks and also abstract presentations, plus networking opportunities.

There are prizes available for early career researchers giving oral or poster presentations and the overall winner will be given the opportunity to present a talk within a symposium at Pharmacology 2019, the flagship meeting of the British Pharmacological Society held in December in London.  Late-breaking abstracts for poster presentation will be accepted until 22 November.  

Please register / submit abstracts at

Course Manager Update

The Course Manager system has recently undergone a significant upgrade which has unfortunately resulted in a few issues.

We are aware that you may have received multiple emails in relation to course evaluations. We were advised by the supplier that this was a one-off, unintended consequence of the upgrade. However, we are aware that the issue has recurred and have therefore requested that all automated emails associated with course evaluations are disabled immediately, until such time as the issue can be resolved. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience or alarm that the multiple automated emails may have caused you. The emails appear to have been sent regardless of whether or not the specific evaluation has already been completed. If you have not recently attended a course it is likely that these emails have been sent in error and can be ignored and deleted.

Users may also still experience difficulties trying to book some courses.

We are continuing to work with the supplier in order to resolve the outstanding issues with the system and hope that normal functionality will be restored in the next few days. We will provide a further update when available.

User guides for the new version of the system are available below: