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ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows for training year 2022/2023 enjoy their induction in the HSC Leadership centre on Thursday 4 August 2022.(L-R) Dr Michael Breen, Dr Patrick Benshaw, Dr Ross Irvine, Dr James Irvine, Mr Connor McCann, Dr Michael McMahon, Mr Ryan Moffett, Dr Sarah Berry, and Mr Martin King . ADEPT Fellow Dr Mary-Beth Toner is included in this years cohort, but is not pictured.


NIMDTA was delighted to formally induct its 7th cohort of ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows at the HSC Leadership Centre, Belfast to commence the Clinical Leadership Programme on Thursday 4 August 2022.

Ten doctors from the training programmes in School of Surgery (General Surgery; Urology; Trauma & Orthopaedics), School of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine; Clinical Oncology), General Practice, School of Paediatrics and School of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent; Learning Disability) will be undertaking a year out of their training programmes. The Fellows are placed in seven different host organisations (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Department of Health, Encompass, NIMDTA, Queen’s University Belfast, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, and Southern Health and Social Care Trust) and will work on leadership, service development and engagement projects under the supervision of senior leaders and managers. During this time ADEPT Fellows will attend formal leadership training including mentoring and coaching, and be provided with opportunities to network and learn with healthcare colleagues.

The induction provided ADEPT Fellows with preparation and guidance for their year and ahead, and included informative and insightful presentations from stakeholders such as the Health and Social Care Quality Improvement (HSCQI) Northern Ireland, Public Health Agency NI, The General Medical Council and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Dr Ian Steele, Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education NIMDTA said,

“I am very pleased to welcome the new cohort of ADEPT Fellows and induct them into the start of their projects and the leadership programme. This years’ application process was very competitive and NIMDTA is delighted that the ADEPT Fellow appointments will be involved in a range of initiatives across NI. I am confident that the ADEPT Fellows will thrive in the Programme and be able to develop personally and professionally over the year and I look forward to hearing about the projects as they develop and ultimately the outcomes that each project will deliver.”

Dr Ian Steele, Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education, NIMDTA welcomes the 2022-2023 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows to their induction and networking event.

Angela Greer, Liaison Advisor, General Medical Council (GMC) said,

“I am delighted to be part of the induction for this years’ cohort of ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows. The GMC completes a series of outreach work throughout the year in NI to help continually improve medical education and practice, and improve understanding of our guidance. Todays induction has provided an additional opportunity for me to advise directly how GMC processes work, promote our standards and how these play a part within all project work undertaken throughout the ADEPT Programme year. I wish all the ADEPT Fellows the very best for the year ahead and congratulations on their appointment to the programme.”

Mrs Angela Greer provides an engaging presentation on behalf of the GMC to the 2022-2023 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows.

The ADEPT Clinical Leadership programme was first launched during the 2015-2016 training year and is delivered in cooperation with partner host organisations in Northern Ireland. The Programme provides senior doctors in training an opportunity to take time out of programme for one year to work in an apprenticeship model with senior leaders in host organisations in Northern Ireland to develop organisational and leadership skills.

Mr Daniel Kavanagh, from the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) joins the 2022-2023 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows via Zoom to welcome everyone and provides insight the Programme from a FMLM perspective.

The 2022-2023 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme Fellows enjoy opportunities to network during the induction day programme.

Meet the Fellows…

Dr Sarah Berry – ST4 Paediatrics

Project: Facilitating relocation of neonatal & maternity services into the new Maternity Hospital using Simulation

Host Organisation: Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Michael Breen – GPST2

Project: The Delivering Together Transformation Programme

Host Organisation: Dept of Health


Dr James Irvine – ST5 Geriatrics Medicine/GIM

Project: Developing Simulation Training in Hyperacute Stroke

Host Organisation: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Dr Ross Irvine – ST6 Psychiatry (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

Project: Further Development and Implementation of the VALUED Strategy

Host Organisation: NIMDTA

Mr Martin King – ST4 General Surgery

Project: Tomorrows Training Developed Today

Host Organisation: Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Mr Connor McCann – ST6 Urology

Project: Improving the Quality of Training Placements

Host Organisation: NIMDTA

Dr Michael McMahon – ST6 Clinical Oncology

Project: Transforming Undergraduate Education through C25

Host Organisation: Queen’s University Belfast

Mr Ryan Moffett  ST5 Trauma & Orthopaedics

Project: Simulation Training

Host Organisation: NIMDTA

Dr Patrick Benshaw – ST6 Psychiatry (of Learning Disability)

Project: The Academy

Host Organisation: Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Dr Mary-Beth Toner – ST5 Paediatrics

Project: Encompass Programme

Host Organisation: Encompass


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