New Equality and Diversity Animated Video

NIMDTA has launched a new animated video on Equality and Diversity to improve understanding of equality and diversity issues among doctors in training in Northern Ireland.

This video has been put together by trainees – Dr Lyndsey Thompson and Dr Sara Lawson (ADEPT Fellows 2016/17) and Dr Rachel Campbell (ADEPT Fellow 2017/18) with voiceovers from some of their colleagues.

The video is available to view below.  Trainees attending iQuest Module 2- Being a Professional will also have the opportunity to view the video during sessions this year

Clinical Education Day 2017

On Friday 22nd September 2017, NIMDTA held it’s sixth annual Clinical Education Day at Riddel Hall
in partnership with our undergraduate medical and dental education colleagues at QUB.

This year’s conference was entitled Deliver, Shape, Enhance & Lead and it aimed to inform, equip
and inspire Northern Ireland’s Medical and Dental Educators who provide leadership for
undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental education and training.

Please see below for further information:



ENGAGE Showcase Event

NIMDTA and the HSC Leadership Centre (HSCLC) hosted the first Annual Engage Showcase Event on Monday 11 September 2017. The event was the final module of the ENGAGE Clinical Leadership and Improvement Programme which enabled trainees to showcase their learning and achievements by presenting Quality Improvement (QI) projects.  Please click on the link below for further information:


RQIA Clinical Trainee Associate Programme

For the attention of all medical trainees in years ST3 and above

In conjunction with NIMDTA’s VALUED strategy, RQIA is delighted to invite you to apply to join a panel of your peers as RQIA Clinical Trainee Associates.

This new role is designed to support RQIA’s Acute Hospital Inspection teams through enhancing their engagement with junior medical staff during each inspection.

You will be directly involved in the work of the inspections, which can last 2-3 days. You will use the knowledge and experience gained during your medical training to assist in evaluating a service.

You will be interacting with your peers working in the units undergoing inspection to gain their insights, both positive and negative, through interaction on the wards and through focus groups; which you will lead.

You will be asked to provide immediate feedback to the senior members of the inspection team and be able to observe how this feedback is utilised and fed back to the Trust undergoing inspection.

Your findings and conclusions will directly contribute to the inspection team’s final report which will be published on the RQIA website.

As part of the programme you will come to RQIA for face-to-face induction and training specifically for the inspections you will be involved in. You will also gain a broader insight into the HSC network and learn from senior leaders within RQIA improving your own leadership skills.

In this first cohort we aim to recruit 10 trainees to the programme.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed and time-out will be supported through study leave.

Training will provided on Friday 1 December 9am – 12MD.

If you are interested complete the application form and email it to by 23:59 on the Friday November 2017


Consultation – Equality and Disability Action Plan 2018-23

NIMDTA has developed a draft Equality and Disability Action Plan 2018-23.

The Equality Action Plan looks at actions we could take to tackle inequalities across all equality categories. The Disability Action Plan looks at things we could do to promote positive attitudes towards disabled people and encourage their participation in our work areas.

We are now seeking views on our draft Equality and Disability Action Plan, and would welcome you taking the time to respond to this consultation exercise. Details of how to respond can be found by clicking This links to the Equality Unit in the BSO, who are co-ordinating this consultation on our behalf.

The consultation runs from 2 October to 29 December 2017.

Please click on the links below to view the consultation documents.

Accessible versions of our draft Equality and Disability Action Plan are currently being developed and will be added here soon.



NIMDTA Dental Foundation Trainee honoured by BDA

2016/17 NIMDTA Dental Foundation Trainee (DFT) Ms Laura McGlew was honoured by the British Dental Association (BDA) NI Branch for being the runner-up in the DFT Case Presentation competition for 2016/17 at their recent meeting.  Laura was presented with her award by Professor David Hussey, previously NIMDTA Postgraduate Dental Dean and current President of BDA NI Branch.

Please click here for further details.




GP Programme Director Vacancies

NIMDTA is currently recruiting GP Programme Directors for the Northern Area and South Western Area.  For further details please click here.



Clinical Study Day – Team Dynamics and Tough Environments

The 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital are holding a Team Dynamics and Tough Environments CPD Study Day from 9am-4pm on Saturday 4 November 2017 at the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.  The day will examine human factors, team development, leadership and team response to major incidents.

For further details, please see below:


ENGAGE Programme 2017/2018 – Deadline Extended

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 5.00pm on Friday 22 September 2017.


Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Training Programme – call for applications


The all-Ireland Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training PhD programme has now opened for applications – please see below for details:

More information on the programme can be found at