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Hospital Specialty - Leadership Opportunities

National training reports have highlighted that medical and dental education extends well beyond learning the technical aspects of these professions and should also focus to a major extent on the development of a doctor’s or dentist’s professional values, attitudes and behaviours.

These reports indicated that the ability to communicate effectively, empathise, lead, follow and be diligent and conscientious are capabilities that all doctors and dentist should develop. Leadership and teamwork capabilities constitute one of these important domains.

NIMDTA is committed to providing trainees with training in and opportunities to develop leadership and teamworking skills.


Foundation trainees: The Foundation Generic Skills Programme provides an opportunity to self-assess what type of team player someone is and looks at characteristics doctors need to work in teams (you will need to check this paragraph with the foundation team as they have renamed their generic skills to FLIGHT)

Specialty trainees: iQuest, the Generic Professional Capabilities programme for specialty trainees provides sessions on teamwork and leadership of trainees in their initial, intermediate and final years of specialty training.  This includes modules such as Working with Others, Leading a Team on Call, and the management modules which cover Building High Performance Teams; Clinical Leadership- Understanding the Financial Context; Clinical Leadership- Improving Services and Managing Transformational Change

ADEPT Clinical Leadership Training:  This is open to GP trainees entering ST3 in August 2016 and hospital specialty trainees entering ST4 level or above. These trainees take a year out of programme when they are placed in a host organisation, work on projects under the supervision of that host organisation, attend a leadership development programme and receive coaching and mentoring.