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Applications to become a GP Trainer are NOW OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the next GP Training ‘Learning and Teaching Programme’ for 2022/23.

The number of GP Trainees within Northern Ireland has increased, and whilst this is excellent news, it is important that there is a sufficient number of eligible GP Training Practices to help deliver the level of training required.

Why become a GP Trainer?

Benefits include:

  • Funding Opportunities for your Practice
  • New peer-support network
  • Better GP Retention opportunities for your Practice
  • Enhanced reputation for your Practice
  • Gain a different perspective on General Practice work
  • Develop as a mentor and educator

What is the eligibility criterion?

To meet the eligibility criteria you must:

  • be a Partner or salaried doctor in a GP Practice
  • have adequate capacity within the Practice for training
  • have been on Primary Medical Performer’s List in Northern Ireland for at least 2 years post certification
  • have worked at least 4 sessions with another GP Trainer if based in a current training practice; or 5 or more sessions if based within a new training practice
  • complete the NIMDTA Learning & Teaching (L&T) Programme and passed the Portfolio assessment within a suitable timeframe (see ‘Becoming a GP Trainer’ booklet for further info). To being L&T you must also have been on Primary Medical Performer’s List in Northern Ireland for at least 1 year post certification.
  • have no current undertakings or conditions applied by the GMC or HSCB.

How do I apply?

Applications take just 5 minutes to complete online.

You will need:

  • GMC Registration Number
  • Practice Number/Code
  • List of relevant qualifications

To begin your application click here

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 August 2022.

Further Information and support:

For full details on L&T courses and to view a list of frequently asked questions click here

Alternatively, please email any specific queries to:

GMC National Training Survey – still open…

The General Medical Council’s (GMC) 2022 national training survey is still open, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to share YOUR valuable feedback.

Who is the survey for?

The survey provides medical trainees and trainers in NI an important opportunity to voice views on postgraduate training and the results will give the GMC, medical education bodies, and employers the data they need to check that trainees are receiving high-quality training, and that trainers are supported in their roles.

The GMC is urging doctors at all levels and specialties, both supervising and training, to give their views.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

This year’s survey is optimised for mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer and will take around 15 minutes to complete – and you can save and return to your answers at several points.

There is also a shorter 5 minute survey designed specifically for trainers. Questions cover topics such as:

  • Workloads and burnout
  • Time available to deliver, receive or catch-up on training
  • Access to break rooms and study spaces
  • The impact of incivility and rudeness in workplaces

You will need your GMC reference number and password to access the survey.

What will the survey achieve?

This year’s survey will provide vital information about the ongoing impact of the pandemic on doctors’ progression, work, and wellbeing.

Last year’s survey showed the quality of training remained high, despite intense pressures resulting from the pandemic. However, the wellbeing of trainees and those training them came into sharp focus as rising levels of burnout were reflected. The results are now being applied to ongoing workforce planning and future support for trainees, as the UK’s health systems begin to emerge from the pandemic.

Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, said: “The pandemic is entering its third year, and will continue to impact healthcare for the foreseeable future. This survey is vital in giving us a year-on-year insight into how medical training is being affected. But, most importantly, it shines a spotlight on what can be done to support trainees and trainers at a local and national level. ‘We believe in promoting a culture of reflection and improvement across medical education and the more voices we hear from the more impact we can have.”

Complete your survey today by logging in to your GMC Online account or visit for more information about how your answers can drive change.

TASME Teaching Innovation and Excellence Prize and Mentorship Prize 2022

Teaching Innovation & Excellence (TIE) Prize 2022

Closing Date: 25th March 2022

The prize recognises talent and ingenuity displayed by those embarking on a career in medical education. The prize will be primarily focused on recognising teaching, but consideration will be given to entries that showcase other relevant educational activity.

Candidates will self-nominate through the application process to demonstrate their teaching innovation and excellence. The application will consist of a structured written application form and may be supported by links to other appropriate media (e.g. websites, video or additional materials to help illustrate the innovation). Group applications will be considered, but the input of each individual within the group must be made explicitly clear and only one member of the group will be able to present for the prize if shortlisted.

Applicants may be asked to provide a named supporter (e.g. educational supervisor or mentor) to provide further supporting evidence after shortlisting.

Shortlisted entrants will then be invited to give a ten-minute presentation followed by five minutes of questions at the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 6th-8th July 2022 in Aberdeen, to a panel of judges and an audience as part of the TIE Prize session.

TASME Mentorship Prize 2022

Closing Date: 31st March 2022

This award will provide resources for an early career health professions educator to develop a mentorship relationship that will support their development as an educator. It recognises that TASME is not just for trainees, but for all early career health professions educators, be they allied health professionals, clinical scientists, or doctors not in training posts.

Candidates will self-nominate through the application process to demonstrate how they will use the resources to develop a mentoring relationship, and in what way this may benefit their career as a health professions educator. The TASME Mentorship Award is an individual award.

As well as the prize, the winner will be asked to provide a photo of them meeting with their mentor with a caption for the ASME newsletter. The winner will also be asked to share what they have learned with the TASME community. The medium by which this is done is flexible but should be described in the application.

BMA medical book awards 2022: submissions now open

Online applications to the 2022 BMA medical book awards are now open and will close on Friday 18 March 2022.

The BMA medical book awards takes place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature. There are 15 BMA medical book awards categories available for 2022. Please click here if you would like to view the explanation for BMA medical book awards categories.

The online entry form, including conditions of entry, can be found here. All titles must have been published between January and December 2021.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2022. If you have any questions about the awards, please contact the awards team at

Would you like to be a volunteer reviewer for the BMA medical book awards (MBA)?

The BMA are recruiting volunteer reviewers for the BMA medical book awards (MBA). The MBA recognises outstanding contribution to medical literature.

Reviewers for the awards have a key role in advising on the quality and suitability of each application. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for the MBA, please get in touch with the awards team on The reviewing process for the will start in March 2022.

UCL Research Invitation – Doctors’ and Medical Students’ Financial Needs

Invite to participate in research on doctors’ and medical students’ financial needs in the UK. 

The Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) at University College London (UCL) is inviting doctors and medical students to take part in a survey and/or interviews to identify the extent of unmet financial need in the medical profession. The study is commissioned by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. You can participate until the 31st of January 2022.

 Survey. All doctors and medical students are invited to share their views on financial needs and difficulties within the medical profession. Participants will receive a certificate and be entered into a prize draw. Please follow this link:

Interviews. If you are experiencing/have experienced financial difficulties due to ill-health, they would like to talk to you about your experiences in an interview (appr 45-60 min; phone or face-to-face). Please contact  Dr Rowena Viney (

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2022 BMA MEDFASH Prize

The 2022 BMA MEDFASH prize for improving the quality of HIV and/ or sexual healthcare is now open for applications. The prize awards £2,000 in recognition of work that has improved the quality of HIV and/ or sexual healthcare in the UK.

The prize is open to any health or social care organisation actively involved in the delivery of HIV and/or sexual healthcare in the UK. Organisations may be nominated or self-nominated and should be currently working in HIV and/ or sexual healthcare in the UK.

For more details on the prize, the assessment criteria and terms and conditions, please see the flyer below.

To apply please email your application documents to by Friday 4 March.

BMA Foundation 2022 Grants

Research grants open for online application from 1 January 2022

The BMA Foundation awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £910,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas.

BMA Foundation grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 01 January 2022. The application deadline is 4 March 2022.

Please find below a copy of the BMA Foundation grants leaflet:

If you have any queries please contact or telephone 020 7383 6341.


Join the UMJ Editorial Board

Are you interested in finding out about medical writing?


The Ulster Medical Journal is seeking to appoint trainee representatives to its editorial board. The UMJ is an international general medical journal with contributions on all areas of medical and surgical specialties relevant to a general medical readership. It retains a focus on material relevant to the health of the Northern Ireland population.


This would be an opportunity to learn more about the production of a medical journal. Your role would be to attend meetings of the board (maximum 3 per year), to suggest topics that would be of interest to trainees, and to encourage trainee contributions and readership. There would also be an opportunity to be involved in the review of submissions prior to publication.


Ideally, you would be able to commit to two years on the board.


Enquires can be addressed to


Michael Trimble

Honorary Editor | Ulster Medical Journal


Centre for Medical Education,

Queen’s University, Belfast

Mulhouse Building, 1st Floor,

Royal Victoria Hospital,

Grosvenor Road,

Belfast BT12 6BJ