FCCS Basic Intensive Care Course November 2019

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NIJAC Review Tribunal – Medical Generalist Member Recruitment

The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) is inviting applications for the office of fee paid (Generalist) Medical Member of the Review Tribunal.  It is intended to make 10 appointments and to maintain a reserve list for 12 months from the anticipated date of the first appointment (1 October 2019).


ENGAGE News Letter June 2019

“Monday 03 June 2019 marked the third annual ENGAGE Clinical Leadership and Improvement Showcase at NIMDTA in partnership with the HSC Leadership Centre. Participants of the ENGAGE programme displayed poster presentations of their quality improvement work carried out during this one year programme.

Four trainees were selected for oral presentation and to compete for prizes. The winners and their projects are detailed below:

James Reid Anaesthetics Project OPERA: Optimising Perioperative Anaemia
Caroline Smith Otolaryngology Audiology Direct Access MRI IAM
Stacey Darwish Trauma & Orthopaedics Virtual Scoliosis Review Clinic
Lisa Taylor Anaesthetics Improving the Practice of Diagnostic Lumbar Puncture

Congratulations to all participants on completing the programme and special thanks to everyone who attended the event and contributed to the Showcase. A full summary of the event can be located here.

Details for enrolling onto the 2019/2020 programme will be released in the coming weeks.”

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Trainee Research Day 2019

“Educators and trainees are warmly invited to attend the Research for Clinicians day titled ‘How to get started and keep going!’ on Thursday 17 October 2019 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. Click here for event programme.

The afternoon will consist of judging and prize giving for trainee 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. Click here to view a summary of the presentations and winners from 2018.

Submissions of original work are welcome from current NIMDTA trainees, doctors and dentists who have trained in NI during 2018 – 2019 (whose submission is based on work undertaken during their training) and doctors in training elsewhere who are members of the Ulster Medical Society.

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

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

Submissions must be sent on the attached Abstract Form to ValuedTrainees@hscni.net by 5pm on Wednesday 14 August 2019. Submissions must be no longer than 200 words long and adhere to the following structure:

Basic Science or Clinical Research or Educational Research – Title, Introduction, Aims, Methods, Results and Discussion
Case reports/Case Studies – Title, Introduction, Description of case/case series, Discussion
Quality Improvement – Title, Problem, Strategy for change, Measurement of Improvement, Effects of change, Discussion

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 Friday 13 September 2019. 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 on the link below:

Benefits of becoming a refelective practitioner – joint statement

The GMC, GDC, and seven other healthcare regulators, have published a joint statement on the importance of being a reflective practitioner.

The statement sets out each organisations’ requirements for reflection and offers advice for practitioners on how to approach reflection effectively, both as individuals and as part of teams.  This work is part of a shared commitment to drive an open and honest culture where professionals feel able to reflect on their experiences to support development and learning.



XrayStormont Hotel, Belfast             Thursday 20th June 2019       9 am – 5 pm


Dr Kathy Cullen, Consultant Respiratory Physician & Clinical Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Emma Toner, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Ulster Hospital 

This symposium is for all health professionals and students who care for patients with sarcoidosis.

The day will be multidisciplinary, practical and interactive with a chance to network.

Cost: £40     

To apply for a free student place please email k.cullen@qub.ac.uk

Please register as soon as possible at the following secure link: 


09.00                           Welcome                                                         Dr Kathy Cullen

9.30 – 10.00                A Respiratory Perspective                              Dr Robina Coker

10.00 – 10.30              A Cardiology Perspective                                Dr Amanda Varnava

10.30 – 11. 00             A Rheumatology Perspective                          Dr Maresa Carulli


11.30 – 12.00            An Ophthalmology Perspective                      Miss Clara McAvoy

12.00 – 12.30              An Endocrinology Perspective                        Dr Hamish Courtney

12.30 – 12.45              A Patient’s Perspective                                   tbc


13.45 – 14.15              A Dermatology Perspective                            Dr Collette McCourt

14.15 – 14.45              What Patients Want to Know                          Prof Seamas Donnelly

14.45- 15.45                Case Presentations with Group Discussion


16.15   Regional and national (BTS) datasets

(With input from all NI trusts)     Dr Paul Minnis / Dr Robina Coker

16.50                           Summary and Close                                        Dr Kathy Cullen

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Kindly supported by the Ulster Thoracic Society

GP EQUIP Programme

NIMDTA GP department’s EQUIP (Experience in Quality Improvement) programme is attracting international recognition and validation.118799 NIMDTA - Equip Logo FINAL-01

A summary of the EQUIP programme has recently been presented at the Meta ECHO event in Albuqurque, New Mexico “Utilising the ECHO Model for Quality Improvement: A Glimpse across the Global Spectrum of Implementa”.

Dr Nigel Hart (Associate Director for Quality Improvement) had recently presented a workshop on “EQUIPping GPs to be leaders in Improvement” at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare on 28 March 2019 in Glasgow.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently made a video about NIMDTA’s EQUIP programme as an exemplar of good practice for QI training.

Read more about the EQUIP programme at http://www.nimdta.gov.uk/general-practice/gp-specialty-trainees/equip-experience-in-quality-improvement/


National Training Surveys 2019 Press Release

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Annual Educational Excellence Day

NIMDTA’s Fourth Annual Educational Excellence Day is taking place on Friday 28 June 2019 at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. This event has been positively received every year since its first celebration in 2016 and a detailed summary of the 2018 celebration in La Mon Hotel can be found by clicking here Educational Excellence Day Newsletter.

We are delighted this year to welcome Professor Stuart Elborn, Pro Vice Chancellor from QUB, to deliver the Keynote Address. Further programme information is available by clicking here NIMDTA Educational Excellence Day Programme 28 June 2019 (Please note that the programme is subject to change).

We are going to acknowledge and acclaim the achievements of doctors, dentists, trainers, educators and NIMDTA staff at this event through a series of awards in the following categories:

  •   Excellence in Research
  •   Excellence in Clinical Education
  •   Excellence in Quality Improvement
  •   Excellence in Examination Results
  •   Recognition by National Award
  •   Outstanding Contributions to Society
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Named Clinical or Educational Supervisor
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Leader of a NIMDTA Educational Programme
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Staff Member within the Education Management Team at NIMDTA

Nominations are welcome from trainees and we are inviting educators to nominate trainees in their programmes. Nominations can be made for one or more of these awards using the “Dare to Excel” nomination form and guidelines which are available below.

One form is required for each category submission, along with any necessary supporting information. We also invite trainees to nominate educators, clinical and educational supervisors, and NIMDTA staff for Recognition of Outstanding Contributions. All completed nominations should be returned to ValuedTrainees@hscni.net by 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.

The event will also provide the 2018/19 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows with the opportunity to present a summary of the projects that they have been engaged in during this year in their host organisations to a distinguished panel.

NIMDTA will be providing an update to our VALUED strategy presented by Dr Camille Harron, Associate Dean and Dr Rachel Campbell, VALUED ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow.

Dr Sally Anne Phillips will also provide an overview of NIMDTA’s recent work on improving the quality of training placements. Innovations from Trusts and HSC Organisations will be celebrated to highlight the work of all organisations in delivering excellence in medical education and training.

You are very welcome to attend this prestigious event whether you are submitting a nomination or not. To register for this event, please click on the following link:

  1. NIMDTA Educational Excellence Day Programme 28 June 2019
  2. 2019 Dare To Excel- Guidance On Submissions
  3. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Trainee
  4. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Educational And Clinical Superv ..
  5. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Programme Leader
  6. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - NIMDTA Education Staff
  7. Educational Excellence Day Newsletter