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.

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NIJAC Opportunities

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 appointments and to maintain a reserve list for 12 months from the anticipated date of the first appointment (3 December 2018).



NICE Fellowships and Scholarships

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HSC Collective Leadership Survey

As part of the HSC Collective Leadership Strategy, a set of Core Values and Behaviours is being developed for everyone in HSC.

A consultation in relation to this is ongoing – to have your say, complete the survey at

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Reflective Practice Guidance and Toolkit

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