Margot Roberts, former NIMDTA Administrative Director, awarded MBE

NIMDTA is delighted to welcome the announcement that Ms Margot Roberts has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Saturday 17 June 2017 for “services to medical and dental education in Northern Ireland”.

Please click the image below for further information:

Margot Roberts MBE Website Announcement

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Call for Abstracts for NISHFN Autumn Conference

The Northern Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Conference will be held on 20th October 2017 at Riddel Hall Belfast.

Abstract submissions are being invited for poster presentations – the deadline for submission is 22 September 2017.

Further details can be found below:



Winning Case Presentation for Dental Foundation Trainees Announced

NIMDTA is pleased to announce that Ms Tara Nitsch is the winner of the Dental Foundation Case Presentation Award for 2016-17. This award is sponsored by the Northern Ireland Division of Faculty of General Dental Practice UK and brings with it the additional benefit for one year’s free membership of the Faculty.

Ms Laura McGlew was the runner up and the prize for Ms McGlew was sponsored by British Dental Association NI Branch.


Trainee Welcome Event – 15 August 2017

NIMDTA invites all Specialty and GP trainee doctors who are new to training in Northern Ireland to an event on Tuesday 15 August 2017 from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. The event will be held in the NIMDTA offices, Beechill House, 42 Beechill Road, Belfast BT8 7RL.

This informal evening offers food, music and café style conversations on topics such as:

  • Training in Northern Ireland
  • Careers
  • Settling into Northern Ireland
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Support
  • Leadership Opportunities

Trainees will also have the opportunity to network with fellow trainees who are also new to training and representatives from the NIMDTA Trainee Forum, BMA, GMC, ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows and Visit Belfast.

To reserve a place at the event, please click here.


NIJAC – Mental Health Review Tribunal Vacancy

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

Further details can be found below:


Innovative Specialty Development Posts in Core Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology

Focus groups with doctors in training in Northern Ireland have shown that while many post-Foundation doctors know what specialty they want to enter, others are keen to explore different career options, develop their CV and work for professional examinations.

In response to this desire for greater flexibility, NIMDTA is pleased to announce as part of NIMDTA’s VALUED initiative an innovative Specialty Development Programme.

This completely new programme offers doctors the opportunity to gain experience and training 4 days per week in a training post in core medicine, paediatrics or obstetrics/gynaecology in NI and 1 day/week offers trainees additional developmental opportunities to explore different specialties (through taster days), develop their teaching skills (medical education project), undertake a quality improvement/service development project within their Trust and attend focused career development sessions (leadership skills, communication skills, examination preparation, teaching skills, journal club skills, chairing skills and interview practice).

The training in the base specialty programme (core medicine, paediatrics or obstetrics/gynaecology) will be recognised pro rata in that programme if doctors are successful in entering that specialty programme subsequently (9 months recognition for the 12-month post).  In addition, these doctors will be able to attend formal teaching sessions in that programme, the iQuest generic skills programme and receive support through the lead educators for that programme, study leave funding and NIMDTA’s professional support team.

This innovative programme offers doctors who are unsure about what they want to do next a fantastic opportunity to explore other career options, make themselves more competitive for subsequent specialty applications and have that training and experience credited towards a specialty programme if they subsequently enter that programme – while being supported by NIMDTA.

Specialty Level Number of vacancies Lead Recruiter Interview Dates How to Apply
Specialty Development Post – Core Medicine LAT CT1 A minimum of 1 Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency 24 May 2017 Oriel
Specialty Development Post – Obstetrics and Gynaecology LAT ST1 A minimum of 1 Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency 24 May 2017 Oriel
Specialty Development Post – Paediatrics LAT ST1 A minimum of 1 Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency 24 May 2017 Oriel

HSC Pension Service Poster

Please find below the latest electronic poster from HSC Pension Service.

This purpose of this poster is to alert scheme members of the rules governing pension benefits built up in other HSC Pension Schemes, i.e. NHS England & Wales, Scottish Public Pensions Agency & Isle of Man NHS Scheme.

The schemes in each region are independent of each other and as a result benefits are not automatically transferred to each scheme if a person moves their employment. The member must initiate the transfer by contacting the receiving scheme, in Northern Ireland it is ourselves in HSC Pension Service.

There was previously an open ended approach where these transfers were allowed to take place up to retirement age, however as a result in rules changing; members must request a transfer of benefits within 1 year of joining the scheme (the same as the rules applying to transfers from non-NHS Pension Schemes).

HSC Pension Service has extended the date for member’s unaware NHS to NHS Transfer of Benefits rule until 30th September for retrospective applications. Going forward all new members who wish to transfer in benefits to the HSC Pension Scheme must submit an application within 1 year of joining the scheme as required under HMRC Legislation.



NIMDTA Trainee Ambassadors

NIMDTA believe that NI Medical and Dental trainees should be VALUED. We strive to ensure that trainees are listened to, supported and provided with high quality training opportunities. This has led to the development of a VALUED strategy, which has the following aims for training in NI:

Voice of the trainee is listened to
Applaud & acclaim trainee success
Life-work balance of trainees is promoted
Up to date & high quality training is delivered
Enhanced learning opportunities are provided
Distinctive from service posts

A new role for trainees to become Trainee Ambassadors has been developed by NIMDTA under the VALUED strategy, with the overall objectives of:

  • Promoting connections between trainees
  • Highlighting benefits of training
  • Strengthening the engagement between NIMDTA and trainees

NIMDTA will support trainees in this role via 3 monthly meetings, to assist ambassadors to learn new skills, develop and share new ideas and explore any issues. Ambassadors will initially be appointed for a 1 year period, with the option to continue in post after this if desired and with the support of educational supervisors.

Please see below for further details and an application form:


Trainee Research Day – 19 October 2017

The annual Trainee Research Day is scheduled to be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at the Postgraduate Centre, Belfast City Hospital.

The draft programme for the event is available below:


Best Poster at Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Oral Medicine

Congratulations to Conor O’Gorman, NIMDTA Dental Core Trainee based at the Dental School in Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, for winning the prize for the best poster presentation of a case report at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Oral Medicine in Dublin last week. Congratulations also to his supervising consultant Dr Amanda Willis