Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs) at the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)

Do you want to make a difference? Is the protection of the rights, safety and dignity of patients who are research subjects important to you? Are you interested in research which benefits patients and service users? If so, then we would welcome your involvement and support in the ORECNI service at BSO.

An HSC REC consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair and up to 16 committee members. At least one third of the membership must be lay, the remainder being experts with a clinical, social care or research background. A diverse range of research studies are reviewed by committee including commercial and non-commercial clinical trials as well other research involving patients/service users, and use of their tissue and data.

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) seeks to appoint to full membership:

  • At least 2 lay persons (a lay member generally is a person who is not from the health or allied health care professions. On this occasion there is a need for lay people who have never worked in the HSC or NHS)
  • 2 experts (Persons from a wide range of health, health care and allied health care professions; persons with experience in clinical pharmacology or registered pharmacists; persons with professional qualifications or experience relating to the conduct of or use of statistics in clinical trials; persons with professional experience in social work or social care or psychology and scientists).

The BSO also seeks to appoint Deputy Lay or Deputy Expert members from the range of backgrounds described above.

These are voluntary roles subject to reimbursement of reasonable expenses. Training will be given which counts towards professional CPD credits.

To discuss the role of a research ethics committee member please telephone Jane Keenan, Tamla Meredith or Katrina Greer (HSC REC Managers) on Tel: 028 9536 1400.

Should you wish to apply to be a member of the HSC Research Ethics Committees, please complete the self-nomination form available at Return it by email to by 4pm Monday 22nd January 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 6th February 2018. Nominees invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses. A waiting list may be compiled.

Guidance notes on completion of the form and a probity and conflicts booklet are also available on
Although these appointments do not come within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, they are being made using a process which takes into account the Commissioner’s Code of Practice.
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2018/2019 ADEPT Programme

NIMDTA is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018/2019 ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellow Programme

The ADEPT Launch Open Evening will be held on Monday 8th January 2018 at NIMDTA Offices, Beechill House; 5pm-7pm. This event will provide interested trainees with an opportunity to meet with representatives of sponsoring organisations, and trainees who have already experienced similar excellent opportunities. To register for this event please click on the following link: ADEPT Open Evening 2018.

The ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellows Programme is launched in partnership with the DOH, HSCB, RQIA, GMC, HSC Safety Forum, HSC Leadership Centre and HSC Trusts.

Places on ADEPT are open to the following:

  • Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate medical training programme who will be entering ST4 level or above in August 2018
  • General Practice trainees in the Northern Ireland GP training programme who will be entering ST3 level in August 2018
  • Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate dental training programme who will be entering ST3 level or above in August 2018.

Leadership Fellows will be appointed through a competitive process involving submission of an application form, attendance at interview and delivery of a presentation.

ADEPT Open Evening Monday 8 January 2018 (5pm – 7pm at NIMDTA)
Recruitment Opening Monday 15 January 2017
Recruitment Closing Monday 5 February 2017 at 4pm
Shortlisting Outcome released By Friday 9 February 2017
Interviews TBC – Early March 2017
Offers Made By Mid March 2018 (within 5 days of interview)
Post Commencement and Induction Wednesday 1 August 2018

For further details and information, please contact


NIMDTA Regional Teaching in Obstetrics and Gynaecology ranked Joint Top in the UK by trainees

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology national survey of trainees has shown that trainees rate the regional teaching by NIMDTA to be the joint top provided by deaneries across the UK.  Attendance of NIMDTA trainees at their regional teaching was second highest in the UK.

Congratulations to Dr Mary Murnaghan (Head of School), Dr Sandra McNeill (Deputy Head of School), members of the NIMDTA O&G Training Committee, the Faculty who have taught on the courses and the NIMDTA Education Management team who support the organisation and delivery of the Regional Teaching Programme.

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A Whole System Approach to Psychiatry Education in Northern Ireland

The Autumn 2017 Edition of the Royal Society of Psychiatry Insight Magazine has featured the success of Northern Ireland in attracting doctors into Psychiatry as a career.

In this article Dr Damien Hughes, Head of NIMDTA School of Psychiatry explains how the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB), the NIMDTA Foundation School and the NIMDTA School of Psychiatry have worked with the Royal College of Psychiatry in Northern Ireland and the five Health and Social Care Trusts in NI to de-stigmatise the specialty of psychiatry and to expose medical students and Foundation doctors to the specialty during their undergraduate and postgraduate attachments.

Recruitment into the specialty at Core level runs at 90-100% capacity in NI compared with 60-70% success rate in the rest of the UK.

Dr Hughes puts the success of the programme in attracting doctors into the specialty down to close collaboration with QUB, RCPsych and HSC Trusts, innovation and showcasing the specialty in a positive light.



Join the Trainee Steering Group (TSG) of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)

FMLM is offering the opportunity for one of its Northern Ireland trainee members to join the Trainee Steering Group (TSG).

There has never been a more urgent need for junior doctors to step forward and make a difference. The FMLM Trainee Steering Group (TSG) supports and empowers trainees to develop skills in leadership and management for the benefit of patients. The TSG is formed of 8 regional trainee representatives, 3 central work stream leads and is chaired by FMLM’s Clinical fellow.

FMLM is therefore inviting its trainee members to apply for the role of TSG Regional Trainee Representative. This would be an opportunity for you to sit on the TSG for a 2-year period.

You will be encouraged and supported to develop innovative projects within your region, as well as contributing to the overall direction of the TSG, and will ultimately represent junior doctors for FMLM. There are also significant professional and personal opportunities.  Examples include educational days at FMLM’s offices, webinars and regular opportunities to network with like-minded individuals.

The FMLM is committed to developing leadership and management among trainee doctors. Joining the TSG will give you the chance to have your say on how this is delivered.

If you are interested please go to the FMLM website and complete an application form or contact Robin Som for information.

The closing date for applications is 1 December 2017.


NICE Fellowships and Scholarships

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellowships and Scholarships programme is now open for applications from health and social care professionals.

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2017.  Please see below for further details:


NISHFN Conference

The Northern Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Network Annual Autumn Conference was held on 20 October 2017.  The theme for the conference was “Theory into practice: Using simulation and Human Factors training to improve patient safety”.

A full report on the conference is available below:


Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training Units in NI ranked Second and Fourth in the UK for Overall Performance by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists assesses the quality of training delivered in 171 Obstetrics and Gynaecology training units across the UK each year using Training Evaluation Forms completed by trainees.

The College analyses training delivery in these units under three headings of Obstetric training, Gynaecology training and professional development.

The Antrim Area Hospital Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit in the Northern HSC Trust was within the top 10 performing units in each of these three categories out of the 171 units in the UK and was assessed to be the second best unit in the UK for Overall Performance.

The Ulster Hospital Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit in the South Eastern HSC Trust was assessed to be the fourth best unit in the UK for Overall Performance.

Awards to the top performing units are to be presented at the RCOG National Trainee Conference on Friday 17 November 2017 in Leeds

Congratulations to the colleagues in the Antrim Area Hospital and the Ulster Hospital on these fantastic achievements.


Annual Quality Report 2016/2017

The Quality 2020 Strategy which was designed to protect and improve quality of health and social care in Northern Ireland was launched in 2011. 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 10 year period.

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
  • Integrating the care

Objective 4 of the Quality 2020 Strategy placed a requirement on each HSC organisation to produce a Quality Report every year. The aim of these Quality Reports is to increase accountability of the HSC organisations against the Duty of Quality that health and social care organisations are required by law to meet.

The Annual Quality Report 2016-2017 for NIMDTA is now available – please see below:



Trainee Research Day 2017

NIMDTA’s VALUED Trainee initiative is committed to recognising and applauding the achievements of trainees in various aspects of training, including research. NIMDTA in collaboration with the Ulster Medical Society (UMS) and Queens University Belfast (QUB) hosted it’s third annual “Research for Trainees; Opportunities, Presentations & Prizes” day in Belfast City Hospital Postgraduate Centre on 29 October 2017.

A full report on the day can be found below: