Safety and Qualtiy Reminder of Best Practice Guidance

Prescribing and Dispensing High Risk Drugs e.g. immunosuppressants such as tacrolimus

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Further serious adverse incidents involving dispensing of tarolimus and other immunosuppressants

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Doctors ordering investigations have responsibility to follow up results.

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Trainer success at the Education Excellence Day

The annual Education Excellence day was held in La Mon Hotel on Friday 22nd June. An inspirational Keynote address was delivered  by Sir Nigel Hamilton (former Head of NI Civil Service) entitled “The further Shore is Reachable”.

Northern Ireland’s extremely high calibre  trainees received awards in a variety of categories, recognising many national and international successes. The 2017/2018 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows each presented  an overview of the innovations and experiences from their host organisation. They have attended formal leadership training including mentoring and coaching which will stand them in good stead as future leaders in healthcare.

For the first time, awards were presented for Outstanding Achievement by Lead Educators and Trainers. Congratulations to Dr Sarah McKenna Training Programme Director for Medical Oncology, Dr Andrew Thompson Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Dr Mary Malloy Consultant in Anaesthetics/Specialty Tutor on their very well deserved awards.

The Professional Support Unit gave an update on the VALUED strategy and the SUCCEED strategy was launched. We also heard from the  Foundation School Department, Western Trust, Belfast Trust and South Eastern Trusts about innovations in Post-Graduate Medical and Dental Education.

CCT is a  milestone in a doctors career and NIMDTA acknowledged this in the afternoon with a CCT Awards Ceremony conducted by Dr Michael McBride which concluded an inspirational day.

Educational Excellence Day


2018-19 Dental CE Courses are now open for booking

2018-19 Dental CE Courses are now open for booking, please visit the Intrepid course manager for further information.



The Doctors for the NHS 70th Anniversary Essay Prize

“Our profession in today’s NHS”
Open to all doctors in training
From its conception seventy years ago, the NHS has experienced tensions between the medical profession, the government of the day and the civil servants that administer it. At various times there have been concerns that professional standards may be compromised because of political or managerial initiatives and at other times that the self-interest of the profession itself might undermine the founding principles of the NHS.
It was one such period of tension in 1976, when the Government was seeking to make a complete separation between the NHS and private medicine, that led to the formation of the NHS Consultants Association. It gave voice to those consultants whose overriding commitment was to the NHS, at a time when other professional bodies were considering industrial action. That voice has been raised in many campaigns over subsequent years, and recently in opposition to the Health and Social Care Act, plans to introduce ACOs into the NHS and in support of the campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill. It was recognised that doctors other than consultants share these commitments and in 2015 the organisation opened its doors to all doctors including doctors in training and changed its name to Doctors for the NHS (DFNHS).
Members of DFNHS believe the NHS should be publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable. We believe in service and cooperation, not market forces or competition, and we believe the service should be professionally led.
As an organisation, we are not aligned with any political party, but meet with key politicians, decision makers and opinion formers, presenting evidence-based arguments and promoting professional and public involvement in the planning of health care. A number of our members are active in BMA Council. Most recently, we presented evidence to the Commons Health Select Committee Inquiry into Integrated Care. In 2005 we founded Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) as a campaigning organisation and the NHS Support Federation to analyse and disseminate information on the NHS. We publish a quarterly newsletter, back-copies of which are available at and hold an annual meeting: we are delighted that BMA Chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul will be delivering the keynote address this year.
It will fall to doctors currently in training to actively shape the evolution of the NHS. Alongside acquiring clinical skills, we would like to encourage them to develop ideas of their place in this continuing aspect of the practice of medicine which will act as a framework for their life in medicine. The vivid experiences that affect most doctors as they get to grips with the realities of working with patients, their families and with other professional colleagues can offer a different perspective to those of the more ‘experienced’ practitioner, but one that is not often captured.
By offering this essay prize DFNHS want to encourage junior doctors to reflect on the core professional values of a doctor; the role that they see for the medical profession within the NHS; whether their training and experiences have equipped them for their professional lives; and other ideas. The title of the essay is “Our profession in today’s NHS”. We anticipate this will result in original, thought provoking and controversial contributions.
Essays will be judged by a panel looking for fresh ideas, originality and an insight into the place of the profession in today’s NHS. There is a first prize of £500, with a second prize of £200. The winning essay will be published in the BMJ (subject to editorial approval) and the winners invited to present at the Doctors for the NHS Annual Meeting in October.
There is a word limit of 2000 words and the closing date for submissions is 16th September 2018. Essays should be submitted by email to: doctors4thenhs@gmail.comand any questions about the competition can be directed to that address.
Being a member of Doctors for the NHS is not a prerequisite for entry, but for details of how to join see:

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Dental DCT1 and DCT2 Recruitment

Dental DCT1 and DCT2 Recruitment

Open Friday 27 July, closing Friday 10 August

Applications should be made through the Oriel system


Trainee Research Day 2018

Trainee Research Day Friday 2nd November 2018.

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Third Annual Trainee Welcome Evening

The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency are hosting their on Tuesday 7 August 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in Riddel Hall, Belfast.

The Welcome Event is aimed at all specialty trainees who have recently joined training in Northern Ireland.

The evening will give these trainees the opportunity to meet with NIMDTA Educators and other various Host Organisations. They also will have the chance to find out information about the services and opportunities that are available to them.

We are here to answer all your questions and give you a useful insight into what you can expect from your training in Northern Ireland.

To book your place at the Welcome Evening, please click here.

Trainee Welcome Programme 2018

Trainee Welcome Event

STEPWest programme

Are you a specialty trainee coming to join Western Trust or Foundation trainee in Western Trust from august 2018? Here is an opportunity that you will be of interest.

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Foundation Regional Induction

Foundation Regional Induction at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
Thursday 26 July 2018
Registration: 8:00am – 8:30am 

The Northern Ireland Foundation Team look forward to welcoming you to the Foundation Regional Induction Event next week.
Directions to Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn which has approximately 300 car parking spaces or you can find details of transport links to the area here.

This mandatory full day event takes place to provide you with information that will be beneficial for your Foundation Training.

Registration begins at 8:00am so please arrive promptly.

The dress code is smart/casual.

Alert Letters from HSCB/PHA

Subject: NICE Clinical Guideline NG95 – Lyme disease

NICE Clinical Guideline NG95 – Lyme disease

Subject: NICE Clinical Guideline NG89 – Venous thromboembolism in over 16s: reducing the risk of hospital-acquired deep vein thrombosis orpulmonary embolism (updates & replaces CG92)

NICE Clinical Guideline NG89 Venous thromboembolism in over 16s

Subject: Serious prescribing error due to milligram/microgram confusion at primary care – secondary care interface.

Serious prescribing error due to milligram / microgram confusion at primary care- secondary care interface