Dental Educational Supervisor (Reserve/Support Role) Recruitment

Applications for the post of Educational Supervisor (Reserve/Support Role) in the Northern Ireland Dental Foundation Training (DFT) Scheme are now open.  Applications can be made via

Further information can be found on the Dental Recruitment page.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 April 2019, 16:00.


Peer Mentor Recruitment

Peer Recruting

Are you ST3 or above?

If so have you thought about becoming a peer mentor?

As a peer mentor you will have the opportunity to support a less experienced trainee through informal mentoring relationships.  We provide you with the training and support to progress in this role.


The next Mentoring for Success course will be held in NIMDTA on Wednesday 17th April 2019.   To access more information, application forms and links to book onto training please go to Mentoring for Success booking link

Queries can be directed to

Further details can be found on through Coaching and Mentoring


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NIMDTA Alumnus Network

The NIMDTA Alumnus Network was first established in 2018, when its first newsletter was published.

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 enables 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.

Newsletters are published twice-yearly, providing updates for former NIMDTA trainees and informing 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. 

To sign up for further updates, contact for subscription.


Dental Course Programme April – June 2019

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NI PAFTAS Awards Night

NIMDTA are proud to support the RCPCH National PAFTAs in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Ulster Paediatric Society.

WHEN:  7.30pm Thursday 7th March 2019

WHERE: The Treehouse, AM:PM, 38-42 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast

Tickets available now -£5.00


All trainees, trainers and guests are very welcome!

Tickets are available from your local training unit PAFTA champion (Contact

Altnagelvin Hospital – Susie Knox

Ulster Hospital – Jenny Wallace

Antrim Hospital – Danielle Leemon

Craigavon Hospital – Marty Hanna

NNU – Jenna Johnston

RBHSC- Catherine Mark, Kate Skehin, Julie-Ann Collins

The PAFTA Committee are pleased to announce that all nominations have been released.  Many congratulations to all who have been nominated!

WINNERS will  be announced at the Awards night, as well as those who will go on to represent NI this year in the RCPCH National PAFTAs!!

All trainees, trainers and guests are welcome to the Awards night on 7th March to celebrate with food, speed quizzing and of course the presentation of the awards. Can nominees please confirm their attendance or nominate someone to attend in their place if they cannot make it.

1.   “Best Newcomer”PAFTA poster 5-page-001
• Emma Campbell (Antrim)
• Ben Rafferty (Altnagelvin)
• Diarmuid McLaughlin (Altnagelvin)
• Fiona Wallace (RBHSC)
• Michael Coffey (RMH)
• Laura Jane Griffin (CAH)
• Maggie Sinnott (CAH)
• Sarah Rafferty (RBHSC)

 2.   “Unsung Level 1 Hero”
• Ruth Huey (Altnagelvin)
• Michael Coffey (RMH)
• Katarina Stefkova (RMH)

 3.   “Unsung Core Hero”
• Amy Sweeney (Antrim)
• Kathryn Ferris (RMH)
• Peter Mallett (Altnagelvin)
• Anne-Marie McClean (Ulster)
• Jennifer Wallace (RMH)
• Jenna Johnston (RMH)
• Martin Hanna (CAH)
• Damien Gates (CAH)
• Natalie Thompson (RBHSC)

 4.   “Unsung Level 3 Hero”
• Ben McNaughten (RBHSC)
• Eister Freiss (Altnagelvin)
• Sam Thompson (Altnagelvin)
• Seana Molloy (RMH)
• Julie-Ann Collins (RBHSC)

 5.   “Best Educational Supervisor”
• Shilpa Shah (CAH)
• Angela McIntosh (Altnagelvin)
• Julie Richardson (RBHSC)
• Stan Craig (RMH)
• Alison Livingstone (Antrim)
• Janice Bothwell (RBHSC)
• Moira Stewart (RBHSC)

6.   “Best Training Unit”
• Community Paediatrics (Derry)
• Craigavon
• Paediatric Neurology, RBHSC
• Altnagelvin 

 7.   “Fashion Week award”
• Seana Molloy (RMH)
• Sarah Kapur (RBHSC)

 8.   “MENSA award”
• Helen Groves (RBHSC)
• Cathy Campbell (Altnagelvin)
• Ben Watson (RMH)

 9.    “Major Incident Magnet award”
• Maura Scott (Mat leave)
• Aug 18-Feb 19 NICU Team
• Simon Gosling (RBHSC)
• Sam Thompson (Altnagelvin)

BMA Foundation Grants – Deadline Approaching

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 are available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website – 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.


The RCoA are looking to recruit a lay representative for Northern Ireland

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ACF/ACL Recruitment 2019

NIMDTA in conjunction with QUB and Belfast HSC Trust are pleased to announce that applications for Academic Clinical Fellow and Academic Clinical Lecturer are open from Thursday 31 January 2019 until Thursday 28 February 2019 at 4.00 pm.

Please click here to access the application pack and further details relating to the Clinical Academic Training programme.

Further information can be found through the QUB website. Queries can be directed to

QUB ACF ACL January 2019 Recruitment

NIMDTA believe that NI Medical and Dental trainees should be VALUED

NIMDTA believe that NI Medical and Dental trainees should be VALUED. We want to hear your views on how to improve training through this 5 minute VALUED survey

Findings of the survey will help us ensure that are listened to, supported and provided with high quality training opportunities. The aim of the VALUED scheme is to make sure that the trainee doctor and dentist

Voice is listened to

Applaud & acclaim success

Life-work balance

Up to date & high quality training

Enhanced learning opportunities


For more details on this initiative, click here

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.”