NIMDTA GP and Specialty Trainee Welcome Evening

NIMDTA hosted its second Annual GP and Specialty Trainee Welcome Event on Tuesday 15 August 2017.

Please see below for further details:



NIMDTA Trainees performing in the European Doctors’ Orchestra at the Ulster Hall Sunday 26 November 2017

NIMDTA Trainees Dr Stephen Cullen, Dr Niall McBride and Dr Emily Boyle are taking part in the European Doctors’ Orchestra performance on Sunday evening 26 November 2017 at the Ulster Hall.

Dr Stephen Cullen, violinist and NIMDTA Anaesthetics trainee, will be leading the orchestra on this occasion as they perform Mahler’s 2nd Symphony “the Resurrection”.  The orchestra will be accompanied by the Irish Doctors’ Choir.  This work in 5 movements asks questions about life, death, love, futility and ultimate renewal. Dr Niall McBride is a Neurosurgery trainee and Dr Emily Boyle is a Vascular Surgery trainee.

Tickets can be booked via the Ulster Hall website:



Northern Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Network (NISHFN) Conference – 20 October 2017

The following disciplines are welcome to attend the NISHFN our Annual 2017 Conference which is being held on the 20 October at Riddel Hall, Belfast:

  • Specialty Trainees
  • GP Specialty Trainees
  • Core Trainees
  • Dental Core Trainees
  • Foundation Trainees
  • Medical Students
  • Consultants
  • General Practitioners
  • Dental Technicians
  • Dentists – GDP
  • Dentists (Hospital Dentists)
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals

This conference is aimed at anyone interested in simulation and human factors and will consist of a number of very exciting talks from guest speakers.

To apply, please click here to register for the event.

Please also consider if you have any simulation-based education or human factors work that you would like to submit as an abstract for a poster competition. Submissions are welcome from all healthcare professionals and can be done online by clicking here.

Further information can be found at our website;

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Lorraine Bouzan, ADEPT Simulation Fellow and ST4 Emergency Medicine trainees (

Alternatively, for registration and application enquiries please contact Meredith Gregge;

ENGAGE Showcase Event

Participants of the ENGAGE programme 2016/2017 are invited to attend the ENGAGE Showcase Event on Monday 11 September 2017 from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm in NIMDTA.

The event will display the Quality Improvement work of the programme’s participants with feedback from specialist in Quality Improvement, Dr Gavin Lavery.

Educators are also invited to attend.

Please contact for further details.

Applicants for the 2017/2018 programme should click here.

ENGAGE Programme 2017/2018

As part of NIMDTA’s VALUED strategy, NIMDTA is delighted to invite you to participate in ENGAGE which is the Clinical Leadership and Improvement Programme for senior trainees which was introduced for the first time during the 2016/17 training year.

ENGAGE has been designed in conjunction with the HSC Leadership Centre. This programme aims to challenge, develop and support doctors and dentists in their final year of specialty training to ensure that they are prepared to lead effectively so that they can influence, shape and improve the delivery of high quality patient-centred care.

Participants will attend nine modules organised on Monday evenings at NIMDTA between the start of November 2017 and mid-June 2018. These modules will be delivered by consultants from the HSC Leadership Centre with input from senior clinical leaders and improvers from the HSC as well as external contributors.

Participants will also complete a Quality Improvement Project. This may be a project that the participant has already started or needs to complete as part of their curriculum. This Quality Improvement Project should not be viewed as additional work but rather the programme will act as a catalyst and support the completion of this initiative.

Your participation in the programme will be completely funded by NIMDTA but travel/subsistence connected with attendance at the modules will not be supported.

There are places for 45 participants in total. The programme is open to trainees in their final year of training in dentistry, general practice or hospital-based specialty training.

The programme is voluntary and will be delivered largely in the evenings. To complete the programme trainees need to attend 75% sessions including attendance at the final showcase event on 4 June 2018.

All Hospital Specialty Trainees who are currently within the last 12 months of training/about to enter the last 12 months of training towards CCT or equivalent are encouraged to consider participating in the programme.

Places on the programme will be allocated to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application form as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in this programme, please complete the application form and return to before 11.59pm on Friday 01 September 2017.


Trainee Research Day – 19 October 2017

Educators and trainees are warmly invited to attend the Research for Trainees: Opportunities, Presentations and Prizes day on Thursday 19 October 2017 in the Postgraduate Centre, Belfast City Hospital.

The event, sponsored by QUB, UMS and NIMDTA, lasts a full day and has been divided into two sections. The morning involves a symposium on research opportunities. It is free and open to all Foundation, Specialty, Dental and GP trainees to attend whether you want to find out about research opportunities or have a definite plan to do research which you want to discuss with a senior QUB researcher.

The afternoon will consist of judging and prize giving for trainee doctor and dentist abstracts. This is an excellent opportunity for doctors and dentists in training to present original work in the form of clinical, basic science and educational studies, quality improvement, clinical case reports and dental research.

Submissions of original work are welcome from current NIMDTA trainees, doctors and dentists who have trained in NI during 2016 – 2017 (whose submission is based on work undertaken during their training) and doctors in training elsewhere who are members of the Ulster Medical Society.

Submissions must be sent on the Abstract Form below to by 5pm on Wednesday 06 September 2017:

Submissions must be no longer than 200 words long and adhere to the structure Title, Introduction, Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion (for Basic Science, Clinical Research, Educational Studies, Quality Improvement and Dental Research) and to the structure of Title, Introduction, Discussion (for Case Reports, Case Series).

Each abstract must indicate one category under which the submission will be considered. The submission categories are:

  • Clinical Research
  • Basic Science Research
  • Studies in Medical Education
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
  • Case Report/Case Series
  • Dental Research

The trainee must indicate whether they want their submission to be considered for oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The abstract must be no longer than 200 words and contain no tables or diagrams at the submission stage.

Trainees will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Monday 25 September 2017. Instructions regarding duration of oral presentations and dimensions and orientation of posters will be provided to trainees who have had their abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentation.

To book on for the full event, please click here .

NIJAC Opportunities

The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) is inviting applications for the office of fee paid Medical Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP).  It is intended to make three appointments and to maintain a reserve list for 12 months from the anticipated date of the first appointment (12 April 2018).




Alumnus Network

NIMDTA are delighted to announce the new Alumnus Network which allows previous trainees to keep in touch as they embark on the next stage of their career.

The aim of this network is help previous trainees remain connected with their former colleagues, with education and training and with NIMDTA. Joining the Alumnus network will enable previous trainees to hear about opportunities within training programmes and for those post CCT to hear about opportunities to remain engaged with postgraduate medical and dental education through involvement with NIMDTA as a clinical facilitator, trainer or educator.

There will be a twice-yearly Alumnus newsletter which will provide updates on former NIMDTA trainees and inform about new NIMDTA initiatives as well as training and networking events. In addition, we will be creating a new Alumnus section on the website. We also welcome feedback and suggestions from former trainees, trainers and educators.

Joining has been set up to be as straightforward as possible with automatic enrolment to include doctors who have completed Foundation, Core or Higher training this year in the membership and on the email circulation list. If you do not wish to be included please email letting us know your name, contact email address and the training programme you have just completed and we will remove your details from the list.



Careers & Recruitment Networking Event

A Careers & Recruitment Networking Event titled “Next Steps in Training” will be held at NIMDTA on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  This provides an opportunity for foundation doctors and those returning to training to meet education leads, ask questions, find out information and make informed next career steps.

Please see below for further details:



ADEPT Networking Evening

A networking evening took place on Tuesday 27 June 2017 in NIMDTA for all cohorts of ADEPT Clinical Fellows. This was an opportunity for all three ADEPT groups to meet and discuss opportunities within the programme.  Please see below for further details: