ADEPT – (Achieve Develop Explore Programme for Trainees)

NIMDTA, in cooperation with partner host organisations in Northern Ireland, launched a Clinical Leadership Fellows’ programme for the first time during  the 2015-2016 training year. This programme provides senior doctors in training an opportunity to take time out of programme for 1 year to work in an apprenticeship model with senior leaders in host organisations in Northern Ireland to develop organisational and leadership skills.

Clinical Leadership Fellows undertake one or more specific projects in their host organisations under supervision, attend formal leadership training including mentoring and coaching, and be provided with opportunities to network and learn with healthcare colleagues.

2020/2021 ADEPT Programme

The ADEPT NI Clinical Leadership Fellowship Programme is launched in partnership with the following host organisations:

• Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
• Department of Health
• General Medical Council
• Health & Social Care Leadership Centre
• Northern Health and Social Care Trust
• Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
• Queen’s University Belfast
• Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority
• South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
• Southern Health and Social Care Trust
• Western Health and Social Care Trust
The recruitment information pack can be found below:

• ADEPT Projects Pack including Host Contacts
• ADEPT Advice to Applicants
• Personal Specification
• Application Form
• Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Out of Programme Application Form

Places on ADEPT are open to the following NIMDTA trainees:

• Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate medical training programme who will be ST4 level or above in August 2020, with a minimum of 6 – 12 months WTE training remaining at August 2020.
• General Practice trainees in a Northern Ireland GP training programme who will have 6 – 18 months WTE training remaining at August 2020.
• Specialty trainees in a Northern Ireland postgraduate dental training programme who will have 6 – 18 months WTE training remaining at August 2020.

Please note that trainees are eligible to apply for all ADEPT projects, not just projects specific to their training programmes, unless otherwise stated.

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

If you have any queries with regards to the recruitment process, the ADEPT Clinical Fellowship Programme or with any of the projects, please contact

The closing date for applications is Monday 17 February 2020 at 4.00 pm

Meet the Fellows
ADEPT Clinical Fellow Stories
Leadership Development Programme
The Clinical Leadership Fellows will also be undertaking a Leadership Development Programme during 2016-17 which is being delivered by the HSC Leadership Centre.

This Leadership Development Programme consists of induction, coaching, mentoring, insight visits, action learning set, leadership modules and a quality improvement project.

The leadership modules are shaped around themes in the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model:

  • Inspiring a Shared Purpose
  • Leading with Care
  • Evaluating Information
  • Connecting Our Service
  • Sharing the Vision
  • Engaging the Team
  • Holding to Account
  • Developing Capability
  • Influencing for Results