NIMDTA has designed a modular, generic professional skills framework for all specialty trainees that aims to equip doctors and dentists in training with the ability to communicate effectively, empathise, lead, follow and improve patient care, safety and Experience. This programme is called iQuest.
iQuest comprises of 15 modules that is divided over 3 stages of specialty Training:
Initial Years (CT1-2/3, ST1-2)
|Module 1: Understanding Healthcare||Purpose
This module will enable participants to have a general understanding of the structure of health and social care in Northern Ireland and the roles and responsibilities of the key organisations within it.
|eLearning (HSC Leadership)Currently in development.Please keep checking back for updates|
|Module 2: Being a professional (MANDATORY FOR ALL TRAINEES TO COMPLETE)||Purpose
General Medical Council (GMC) standards define what makes a good doctor by setting out the professional values, knowledge, skills and behaviours required of all doctors working in the UK. This module will examine the key Principles in Good medical practice and the explanatory guidance. Participants will be asked to reflect on their current practice and discuss how the guidance might apply in practice.
|Full day workshop (Louise Holmes (GMC))Module takes place at GMC, HQ Bedford House 16-22 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FD|
|Module 3: Human Factors||Purpose
Research shows that approximately 10% of our patients will come to harm as a direct consequence of errors made in the delivery of their care. The effects may be far reaching, not only for the patients and their families, but for the doctors and teams involved. This module will consider why “to err is human” and what we can do as individuals and teams to reduce the potential for error with particular focus on the role of non-technical skills training. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own teamworking & communication skills and be introduced to the concepts of emotional intelligence & situation awareness.
|Half day workshop (NIMDTA Clinical Facilitators)|
|Module 4: Quality Improvement||Purpose
This module will give the principles and tools to integrate QI methods into day to day work in health care. Participants will understand the improvement science underpinning improvement methods and be able to reflect where improvement and safer care is needed in their current working environment. They will see examples where QI methods have made a difference to patient outcomes and the importance of measurement. They will have the opportunity to design a straightforward QI project
|Half day workshop (NIMDTA Clinical Facilitators)|
|Module 5A: Building your CV & Developing Resilience||Purpose
This module will facilitate participants to reflect on their career values and how these values impact on their career decision making process. It will identify strategies to help participants structure their interview preparation and enhance their interviewee skills. The module will also help participants to develop the resilience required to help them cope with potential professional and personal stressors.
|Half day workshop (Dr Camille Harron & Mr Oliver Boylan)Module takes place at HSC Leadership Centre, 16 Hampton Drive, Belfast BT7 3EN|
|Module 5B: Working With others||Purpose
Understanding Personality’ will allow participants the opportunity to undertake the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to assess their personality preference.
|Facilitated (HSC Leadership Facilitators)Module takes place at HSC Leadership Centre, 16 Hampton Drive, Belfast BT7 3EN|
Intermediate Years (ST3+)
|Modules also available to complete||
||See Initial Years drop-down for more details|
|Module 6: Teach the Teacher||Purpose
This module will consider the principles of adult learning and how the participants can apply these principles in a variety of formal and informal teaching contexts. Participants will assess strategies for motivating the people they teach to actively participate in the learning process and evaluate models of feedback which may be used in a variety of contexts.
|Half day workshop (Mr Oliver Boylan)Module takes place at NIMDTA.|
|Module 7: Supervisory Skills||Purpose
This module will consider the role of trainees in supervising other members of staff and the skills required to do this. Participants will be asked to reflect on their approach to this role and to consider how they can develop as a supervisor while they are a trainee and as a consultant after they complete training.
To consider approaches to efficiently manging time
|Half day workshop (NIMDTA Clinical Facilitators)Module takes place at NIMDTA.|
|Module 8: Understanding and Using Evidence||Purpose
The GMC requires doctors to practise in line with the latest evidence. However, it has been consistently found that there is a gap between best practice (as determined by scientific evidence) and the clinical care that is provided. Between 10-40% patients do not receive care based on current scientific evidence and more than 20% care provided is not needed or is potentially harmful.The aim of this module is to improve outcomes for patients by improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of doctors in training towards the use of medical evidence. Participants will learn basic research tools and apply these tools in a critical skills workshop.
|Full day workshop (QUB Senior Lecturers)This is an annual event ,Malone Lodge, Belfast|
|Module 9: Leading a Team on Call||Purpose
There is a significant relationship between effective team work and patient satisfaction and mortality. Many healthcare teams are required to be fully functional without any time to establish interpersonal relationships. It is therefore necessary for doctors in training to know how to be an effective team member prior to joining the team.The module will describe the principles of effective team work, communication and leadership and participants will consider how they can apply these principles to improve teamwork and the safety of patients. Participants will consider communication techniques that are appropriate for urgent referral of a patient, for handover and briefing/debriefing. Participants will reflect on techniques that can be used to challenge and to resolve conflicts.
|Half day workshop (NIMDTA Clinical Facilitators) at NIMDTA|
|Module 10: Medicine & the Law||Purpose
The module will consider the interaction between the medical and legal professions in the context of clinical negligence litigation and Coroners’ Inquests. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore difficult legal and ethical issues which affect daily clinical practice.
To identify legal issues which may arise in clinical practice and how to handle them
|Half day workshop (Ms Wendy Beggs & Colleagues, BSO) at NIMDTA|
Final Years (Last 12 months prior to CCT)
|Modules also available to complete||
||See Initial & Intermediate Years drop-downs for more details|
|Module 11: Supporting Trainees||Purpose
This module will examine the major domains of concern which may lead to a trainee requiring support above that which would be expected during any stage of their training. It will explain the early warning signs which may point to a trainee in difficulty and outline the approach to management of issues associated with conduct, well-being and performance
|Half day workshop (Dr Camille Harron & NIMDTA Senior Educators)Module takes place at NIMDTA|
|Module 12: Building High Performance Teams||Purpose
This module will consider what it takes to build a high performing team in health care. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own team performance and consider the stages of team development.
To implement an Action Learning Set.
|Half day workshop (HSC Leadership Centre Consultants & Mr Oliver Boylan, NIMDTA)Module takes place at HSC Leadership Centre, 16 Hampton Drive, Belfast BT7 3EN|
|Module 13: Clinical Leadership – Understanding Financial Context||Purpose
This module will enable participants to have an understanding of the current health and social care financial context. Participants will consider the flow of funds through the health and social care system and examine the role of the commissioning cycle. Participants will be asked to review a budget statement and consider the key elements of writing an Investment Proposal/Business Case. Participants should be able to recognise how clinical practice can impact upon the effective use of resources.Learning Outcomes
|Half day workshop (HSC Leadership Centre Consultants & Mr Kevin Corr, Belfast Trust)Module takes place at HSC Leadership Centre, 16 Hampton Drive, Belfast BT7 3EN|
|Module 14: Clinical Leadership – Improving Services and Managing Transformational Change||Purpose
This module will enable participants to consider the concept of transformational change and why we need transformational leadership in health and social care. Participants will be asked to consider a model and approach to leading service change and transformation. For the second part of the day participants will have the opportunity to be hosted by the Chief Executive and members of the Executive Team in South Eastern HSC Trust who will discuss their approach to bringing about transformation.
|Full day workshop (HSC Leadership Centre Consultants, Mr Hugh McCaughey, Mr Charlie Martyn & Dr David Hill SE Trust)Module takes place at Trust Headquarters, Ulster Hospital.|
|Module 15: Career Development – Applying for a Consultant post||Purpose
Applying for a Consultant Job’ will help participants to understand the recruitment process for Consultant positions within the health and social care in Northern Ireland. Participants will explore the role of the recruitment panel and the type of questions which may be asked. Participants will have the opportunity to develop the relevant techniques and skills required for a Consultant job interview and to undertake a mock interview.‘Understanding Personality’ will allow participants the opportunity to undertake the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to assess their personality preference.
|Half day workshop (HSC Leadership Centre Consultants)Module takes place at HSC Leadership Centre, 16 Hampton Drive, Belfast BT7 3EN|
How to book:
Log into your Intrepid Course Manager account and update your details (including your title/ training grade and specialty as at August of the current training year). This is important as it will be required to confirm your place on any course module you wish to book on to.
Click on the iQuest section on the home page.
Select your course and apply
If you have any problems or queries, please contact iQuest.firstname.lastname@example.org