NIMDTA Trainee Ambassadors

NIMDTA believe that NI Medical and Dental trainees should be VALUED. We strive to ensure that trainees are listened to, supported and provided with high quality training opportunities. This has led to the development of a VALUED strategy, to ensure that your:

Voice is listened to
Applaud & acclaim trainee success
Life-work balance
Up to date & high quality training
Enhanced learning opportunities
Distinctive

The role of Trainee Ambassadors has been developed by NIMDTA to align with the VALUED strategy, with the overall aims of:

  • Promoting connections between trainees
  • Highlighting benefits of training
  • Strengthening the engagement between NIMDTA and trainees

NIMDTA will support trainees in this role via three-monthly support meetings, to allow ambassadors to gain new skills, share ideas and explore any issues. Ambassadors will initially be appointed for a one year period, with the option to continue in post after this if desired and with the support of the educational supervisors.

Roles and Responsibilities of Trainee Ambassadors:

  • Promotion of your programme and training in NI:
    • Welcome events for Foundation and Specialty Trainees
    • NIMDTA and QUB Careers events
    • Organisation of social events for new and existing trainees
    • Blogs for NIMDTA website/social media
    • Specialty-specific social media pages
  • Being a point of contact for new trainees within your programme (both inside and outside NI)
  • Promotion of NIMDTA initiatives such as mentoring, iQuest, ADEPT, EQUIP, ENGAGE, etc. to trainees
  • Promotion of NIMDTA events and other events relevant to trainees
    eg Educational Excellence submissions/Day; Trainee Clinical Research Day; UMS Trainee Research Day; FMLM Conference; NIMDTA Roadshow events
  • Connecting current trainees together:
    • Social media pages
    • Specialty or programme-specific newsletters
    • Social events for new and current trainees
  • Improving communication and collaboration among trainees within and across training programmes
  • Strengthening the link between trainees and trainers/NIMDTA educational leaders
  • Membership of Trainee Ambassador Group – chaired by ADEPT Fellow for VALUED initiative
  • Attendance at scheduled Trainee Ambassador Group meetings approx. 3mthly:
    • Development activities eg motivational speakers, communication skills development, social media skills, organising events
    • Share progress
    • Discuss new initiatives/ideas

Characteristics of ambassadors:

  • Motivated – Committed, Purposeful
  • Sociable – Friendly, Engaging, Interested in others, People-focused, Welcoming
  • Organised – Able to plan and meet deadlines
  • Supportive – Helpful, Understanding, Encouraging
  • Optimistic – Enthusiastic, Positive about training, Good role model

Trainees should not put themselves forward for this role at this time if they are not on track for a favourable ARCP outcome or if there is an ongoing investigation of their practice.

Support for the Role

  • Induction session to define roles and responsibilities
  • 3 monthly support sessions
  • Trainee and Trainer Engagement Officer (Ms Clare Campbell)
  • NIMDTA Lead for Trainee Engagement (To be Appointed)
  • Liaison with NIMDTA ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow for VALUED/Trainee Engagement (Dr Rachel Campbell 2017/18)

Recruitment:

  • Open to NIMDTA trainees at all levels and all specialties, with the aim to appoint up to three ambassadors for each specialty (with additional numbers for foundation programme). If at any stage during your appointment you are no longer a NIMDTA trainee unfortunately you can no longer hold the position.
  • Duration of role: 12 months, with option to be re-appointed if supported by educational supervisors following this
  • Current trainee representatives may also apply, with a view to performing a dual role of representing trainee views but also supporting trainees and promoting the specialty
  • Selection: – Applications Open 15 February, Closing 1 March.  Application form should be completed and emailed to valuedtrainees@hscni.net
  • Approval of application via clinical/educational supervisor and Head of School/Training Programme Director/Foundation Programme Director/GP Programme Director/Dental Advisor