Study of Resilience and Burnout in Doctors

This national study of the UK’s medical work force will assess resilience, professional quality of life and coping mechanisms in doctors. Our study group has contacted speciality colleges throughout the UK who have agreed to disseminate our survey to their membership by email and in college newsletters. As of April 2018 the following colleges have agreed to disseminate our survey:

  • The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • The Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Royal College of Physicians London
  • Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Pathological Society
  • Society for Acute Medicine
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • Association of Palliative Medicine
  • The British Medical Journal

This study was piloted within a single NHS trust in 2016. I have included the link to a publication from the BMJ postgraduate medical journal that reports our findings in appendix 1.

We propose your organisation would forward an email invitation to all trainees that includes a hyperlink to our online survey. The three questionnaires that make up the survey are all validated psychological measures/scoring systems and as a result are easy to complete. I have attached a PDF copy of the survey.

This study has received approval from the South Eastern Trust Research and Development office and from Queen’s University Belfast.

This is the first study of its kind in the UK and our findings will be presented and published in due course. We would be happy to forward our results of our research to your organisation for dissemination.

If you have any further questions or require any more information please do not hesitate to contact any member of our study group.

Kinds Regards,

QO|LCARE Study group

Nicola McKinley (Surgical Registrar)
Liam Convie (Clinical Research Fellow)
Jeffrey Campbell (Consultant Surgeon)
Stephen Kirk (Consultant Surgeon)
Martin Dempster (Psychologist)


Appendix 1


Appendix 2 


Dear Doctor

We write to you with regard to an online survey that we are undertaking and would appreciate if you would consider completing a questionnaire for us. We expect that it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This survey aims to explore how doctors rate their professional quality of life and job satisfaction. It also aims to quantify resilience and assess what coping mechanisms doctors are using.

You will not be asked to enter any identifiable information and in that regard the survey is anonymous.

If you wish to proceed or would like some additional information before deciding whether or not to participate in this study, please follow the hyperlink to our online survey at a time that is convenient to you in the next 8 weeks.

Kind Regards,

QOLCARE study group
telephone: +44(0)7399328638






Guidance Surrounding Death

The Department of Health has released new guidance surrounding death for health and social care professionals on its website –

This website provides policy guidance as well as templates, forms and implementation aids on how to verify life as being extinct, death certification, when to refer to the coroner and specific guidance on stillbirth and cremation certification. Education material is also provided specifically for primary care doctors and secondary care hospital doctors. In addition, there is a training package related to the use of the Regional Mortality and Morbidity Review System.

Please keep yourselves up to date by visiting the website and reading the new guidance



Meeting of Irish Association of Pharmacologists

IAPThe Irish Association of Pharmacologists meeting is a one-day event representing a wide array of laboratory-based and clinical disciplines. Full details of the programme are available at

This live educational event counts for 5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

The meeting will take place on Friday 30 November at the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.  This is a large purpose-built centre for research located on the Queen’s University campus at the Belfast City Hospital site.

WWIEM sits adjacent to the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology and, as such, the venue is right in the hub of health sciences research in Belfast.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for presentation of state-of-the-art lectures in areas considered of great relevance to healthcare.  Join us for a fantastic programme.  Highlights will include keynote presentations from:

  • Jochen Prehn (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) on nerve cell death
  • Amrita Ahluwalia (William Harvey Research Institute, London) on sodium nitrite and cardioprotection
  • Danny McAuley (Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University of Belfast) on acute respiratory distress syndrome

Delegates can enjoy these talks and also abstract presentations, plus networking opportunities.

There are prizes available for early career researchers giving oral or poster presentations and the overall winner will be given the opportunity to present a talk within a symposium at Pharmacology 2019, the flagship meeting of the British Pharmacological Society held in December in London.  Late-breaking abstracts for poster presentation will be accepted until 22 November.  

Please register / submit abstracts at

Course Manager Update

The Course Manager system has recently undergone a significant upgrade which has unfortunately resulted in a few issues.

We are aware that you may have received multiple emails in relation to course evaluations. We were advised by the supplier that this was a one-off, unintended consequence of the upgrade. However, we are aware that the issue has recurred and have therefore requested that all automated emails associated with course evaluations are disabled immediately, until such time as the issue can be resolved. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience or alarm that the multiple automated emails may have caused you. The emails appear to have been sent regardless of whether or not the specific evaluation has already been completed. If you have not recently attended a course it is likely that these emails have been sent in error and can be ignored and deleted.

Users may also still experience difficulties trying to book some courses.

We are continuing to work with the supplier in order to resolve the outstanding issues with the system and hope that normal functionality will be restored in the next few days. We will provide a further update when available.

User guides for the new version of the system are available below:

Annual Quality Report 2017-2018

The vision of Quality 2020 was for HSC “to be recognised internationally, but especially by the people of Northern Ireland, as a leader for excellence in health and social care.”

Quality 2020 has five Strategic Goals:

  • Transforming the Culture;
  • Strengthening the Workforce;
  • Measuring the Improvement;
  • Raising the Standards; and
  • Integrating the Care.

The purpose of Quality 2020 was to create a strategic framework and plan of action that would protect and improve quality and therefore patient safety over a ten year period.

NIMDTA recognises the vital role that postgraduate medical and dental education and training plays in ensuring patient safety and enhancing patient care. Our Annual Quality Report 2017-18 sets out what we have done to support Quality 2020 under each of the five Quality 2020 Strategic Goals.

Click the graphic below to access our report.

AQR2017-18 Executive Summary

Course Manager Update

The Course Manager system has been upgraded, however we are aware of a number of issues delegates have been experiencing.  These include: certificates not being available, and difficulties in booking courses.  We are also aware that some delegates may have received multiple email notifications in relation to Course Evaluations for events they have previously attended – we are advised by the supplier that this is believed to be a one-off issue related to the upgrade.

We are currently working with the supplier to resolve these issues and hope that functionality can be restored within 24 hours.







Clinical Leadership and Improvement Programme  


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

ENGAGE has been designed in conjunction with the HSC Leadership Centre. The programme aims to challenge, develop and support doctors and dentists in their final year of 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 2018 and mid-June 2019. 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 be able to attend 6 out of the 9 of sessions including attendance at the final showcase event on 3rd June 2019.

All Hospital Specialty, General Practice and Dental 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 2:00pm on Monday 5th November 2018.

Engage Application Form
NIMDTA Cliniical Leadership and Improvement Programme

QUB NIMDTA Clinical Education Day Programme – Thursday 25th October 2018

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BMA Foundation for Medical Research – 2019 Grant Details

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research provides approximately £700,000 of research funding annually, this year across 11 different grants.  Details of the 2019 grants have now been confirmed and all grant categories can be viewed on the BMA Foundation website.  Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Applications for the 2019 grant round will open on the BMA Foundation website from 1 January  The deadline for applications is 01 March 2019.


Congratulations from the RCOG – TEF 2018 Awards

The Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynaecologists (RCOG) has formally recognised the achievements of both the Northern Trust and the Western Trust in being placed within the Top 10 performing Trusts in the UK for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training for 2018. These awards are trainee driven and awarded based on the responses from the RCOG Trainees Annual Trainee Evaluation Forms. Northern Trust and Western Trust were both highly commended for ‘Overall Performance’, ‘Gynaecology Training’, ‘Obstetrics Training’ and ‘Professional Development’. These awards recognise the hard work of both trainers and trainees in these Trusts to ensure that a high quality and distinctive training programme is delivered in Northern Ireland.

Obstotricians Obstotricains North