The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards grants and prizes to further medical research. This year, the Foundation will be awarding the BMA MEDFASH prize for improving the quality of HIV and/ or sexual healthcare.

The prize is open to any health or social care professional or organisation actively involved in the delivery of HIV and/ or sexual healthcare in the UK. Applicants do not have to be a doctor or BMA member to apply.

For further details on the prize or to find out how to apply, please visit the BMA Foundation webpages or email the BMA Foundation team on


Irish Doctor’s Choir

For any singers or musicians out there looking to partake in some productive distraction from the daily grind, the Irish Doctor’s Choir are now accepting applications to join their April concert, with rehearsals & performance both taking place in the beautiful and relaxing An Grianán Centre, near Drogheda, Co. Louth on April 13th & 14th 2018. The performance is scheduled for the evening of Saturday 14th April. We will perform Rachmaninov All Night Vigil in traditional a capella manner.

With full bed & board provided the normal participation fee is €180. There are ample grounds within easy reach of the beach and an evening bar for residents, so you can set your work aside for a while and immerse yourself in this magnificent music which is one of the gems of the choral repertoire. While this will be a very rewarding effort getting to perform such a wonderful piece of music, it is also a great way to meet medical students from other universities & doctors from every corner of the country.

Register at the following link to participate:

To see more events, find out more about the choir and register interest for the choir, go to the website:

Follow the Irish Doctor’s Choir events and news at via their Facebook page ( and Twitter account @IrishDrsChoir (


Trainer Roadshows – Craigavon, Daisy Hill, Altnagelvin and Antrim

Trainer roadshows will take place on Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 18th April , Tuesday 1st May and Tuesday 15th May 2018 . Please see below for further details:

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Peer Mentoring Scheme

NIMDTA is running a Peer Mentoring scheme which is aimed at developing an informal supportive relationship between more junior trainees (mentees) and senior trainees (mentors). This scheme was developed to both support junior colleagues and to develop skills, such as listening, communication and solution based thinking, in more senior trainees.

Applications are open for senior trainees (ST3+) to apply for the role of mentor.  The feedback from those involved in the scheme to date has been very positive.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please complete the application form and return to  You will be required to attend a training event to gain skills to help you in your role as a mentor prior to being matched with a mentee. You can book these sessions by clicking on the relevant link below. Progression to becoming an active mentor will require a satisfactorily completed and supported application form and attendance at the training session.


The RCSEd Northern Ireland President’s Forum 2018

You are invited to join the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the second RCSEd Northern Ireland President’s Forum on Thursday 25 January 2018 from 6pm – 9pm.

Please see below for further information:


BMA Research grants open for online application from 01 January 2018

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £600,000) 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 will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 01 January 2018. The application deadline is 2 March 2018.

Please find below a copy of the BMA Foundation grants poster:

If you have any queries please contact or telephone 020 7383 6341.


Guidance for entering information onto e-portfolios

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has worked alongside the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to produce key guidance on how to correctly enter information onto e-Portfolios – please see below:


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.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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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