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Educational Excellence Awards 2023

NIMDTA will be hosting its next annual Educational Excellence Awards event on Friday 9th June 2023 in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim from 9.15am – 12.30pm.

The purpose of the event is to officially recognise and celebrate the successes achieved during the academic year 2022/23 of doctors and dentists in training in Northern Ireland.

The theme of this years’ event is “Excellence in Leadership”



We are delighted this year to welcome Professor Lourda Geoghegan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, to deliver the Welcome Address.

We are also delighted to have Keynote Addresses from Western HSC Trust Director of Medical Education Dr Neil Corrigan, Northern Ireland Athlete James MacSorley and Professor Nigel Hart, President of the Ulster Medical Society.

Nominations are now open to acknowledge and acclaim the achievements of doctors, dentists, trainers and educators in the following categories:

  • Innovation in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovation in Training (HSCNI Trusts)
  • Innovation in Training (Trainees)
  • Innovation in Training (Trainer/Educator)
  • Recognition of National Award
  • Outstanding Success in National Examination

Nominations are welcome from trainees, trainers and educators using the

Educational Excellence Day Nomination Form – click here to download


Nomination Guidance…

Full instructions are included within the Nomination Form pack.

Please note that one form is required to be completed for each category submission.

All completed nominations must be submitted by

Wednesday 12th April 2023 at 4pm




Event Registration…

You are very welcome to attend this event whether you are submitting a nomination or not.

To register, please click here.


Event Programme…

Should you have any queries, please contact:

Attention Final Year Medical Students!!!

We have over 40 more Foundation Programme choices now available in NI!

Before you confirm your final 1st choice of Foundation School next week, please check out our revised Foundation Programme listings for August 2023 to 2025 here:

Our expanded programme has an additional 42 posts which include brand new specialties previously unavailable to NI Foundation doctors such as:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Child & Adolescent psychiatry
  • Dermatology
  • Stroke Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Microbiology

We also have more of our popular posts in GP, ICM, Paediatrics, T&O, and Renal medicine.

Please visit ORIEL before the 16 February to consider ranking us as your 1st choice if you haven’t already.

Be part of the future medical workforce in NI!!

For further information contact:



ADEPT Programme 2023-2024 Applications now open!

NIMDTA, in partnership with the HSC Leadership Centre, held its open evening for the 2023-2024 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Programme on Tuesday 24th January 2023.

The event was highly attended with representation from current medical Trainees, present and past ADEPT Fellows, Host Organisation Senior Managers, and members of NIMDTA Senior Management Team.

Dr Camille Harron, Interim Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education, NIMDTA provided the welcome address and outlined how successful the ADEPT Programme has been since its inception in 2016, and how it continues to grow and adapt to new and emerging trends throughout medical education.

Current ADEPT Fellows then held an engaging Q&A session which provided insight into current host organisation projects, as well as answering a range of practical questions associated with taking a year out of training.

Attendees were treated to a very special presentation from Dr Gareth Lewis, Consultant in Acute Medicine in NHSCT, where he described his experience being one of the first cohort of ADEPT clinical leadership fellows. He provided practical examples of how the skills, contacts and relationships made during his ADEPT year remain relevant today, and how they are utilised within areas of his current work such as promoting positive change, embracing innovation and leading various improvement initiatives.

Following this, Dr Smyth presented an overview of the application and recruitment process.

The event concluded with a presentation from Lorraine McCurdy, Senior Consultant from the HSC Leadership Centre outlining the structured leadership training programme provided by the Leadership Centre and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) in addition to the opportunities to network and learn with healthcare colleagues.

Commenting on the Open Evening success Dr Camille Harron, Interim Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education, NIMDTA said,

It is always encouraging to receive keen interest every year regarding the opportunities the ADEPT Programme has to offer. The Programme aims to provide Health and Social Care NI (HSC NI) with doctors who have the knowledge, skills and experience to offer leadership in their workplace and more widely in HSC NI whenever they complete training. During their fellowships, the fellows will be working with senior leaders in host organisations in Northern Ireland in an apprenticeship model.

The programme is open to senior trainees in medical or dental training programmes in NI interested in taking a one-year period of time ‘Out of Programme for Experience (OOPE)’ to develop leadership, management and organisational skills and contribute to improving the delivery of healthcare and medical education in NI.

I look forward to reviewing uptake from our Trainees to the Programme as the application process progresses. I wish all applicants the very best of luck!”

To view further information and to apply visit:

Your COURSE BOOKING SYSTEM IS CHANGING on Monday 9th January 2023

The Intrepid Course Manager portal is being upgraded to ‘Accent Course Manager’ on Monday 9 January 2023


What is the difference between the ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Accent’ Course Manager Systems?

Accent is a new version of the Course Manager solution used by NIMDTA, which has been modernised and has a refreshed appearance.

Accent will continue to provide an online portal for delegates to book a place on a course, provide evaluation after attendance, and then download an electronic certificate (as many times as you need to).  Where a fee is applicable, online payment is possible using a Debit or Credit Card.  It reduces the administrative time required to manage bookings, enabling us to provide you with a better service.

Users may self-register by clicking ‘Register’ and then following the simple instructions.

You may browse all the courses on offer without registering or logging in, however you will need to be logged in to book a place.  You can search for the courses relevant to you by using the search filters provided – by choosing your “Delegate type” in the search filter you will be able to see those courses that are available to you, or you can filter further by “Category” or “Keyword”, for example.


Will I still have access to Intrepid?

Yes, all Users will still be able to log into their Intrepid portal.


What happens to my Intrepid Profile/course history I have completed?

All your booking history, evaluations, certificates etc will be accessible via the new Accent portal.


What happens if I have booked a course via Intrepid, but the course date is scheduled after Monday 9th January?

If you are an existing Intrepid user, you will be able to log in to Accent Course Manager with your existing Intrepid logon – your previous bookings, evaluations and certificates will all be accessible.

All bookings linked to your Intrepid portal will be migrated across to your new Accent profile.


Will I need to register a new login?

Users with an existing Intrepid login be able to use the same login details for Accent Course Manager.  Once the upgrade is complete, anyone trying to access the Intrepid Course Manager system will be redirected automatically to the Accent system.

All previous bookings, evaluations and certificates will still be accessible.

New Users can self-register by clicking ‘Register’ and then follow the simple instructions.


What action do I need to take now?

It is recommended that you ensure your personal details, to include your Professional Registration details, are up-to-date and recorded on your Intrepid account.

CLICK HERE to access the ‘Delegate User Guide’ for Accent Course Manager

Should you require any further information please contact:

UK CMOs Inspire Trainees

NIMDTA ADEPT Fellows host Breakfast Session with UK Chief and Deputy Chief Medical Officers

NIMDTA and the ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows were delighted to host members of the Chief and Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO and DCMO) teams from across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for a breakfast Q&A session with a cohort of doctors in training at the Stormont Hotel on Friday 16th December 2022.

After informal introductions over breakfast, Dr Lourda Geoghegan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, welcomed a selection of trainee ambassadors and forum members to the event, with various specialties and stages of training represented. Trainees were joined by Professor Sir Michael McBride, the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland; Professor Sir Gregor Smith, the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland; and Sir Frank Atherton, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, alongside Dr Geoghegan and Professor Marion Bain, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.

During the event the CMOs and DCMOs provided an overview of their own journeys into medical leadership positions and shared insights and learnings from their experiences.

The topics of conversation were varied and included discussions around trainee wellbeing, international medical graduates and, postgraduate training and recruitment.

Dr Michael Breen, GP Trainee and ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow based in the Department of Health, said “This event was a unique opportunity for trainees to engage and interact with senior healthcare leaders from across the UK. It was a real privilege to hear their reflections and see what learnings we can take away as trainees to apply to our own leadership journeys.”

Prof Sir Gregor Smith, Department of Health Scotland offers insight during the ADEPT Fellow event.
Prof Sir Gregor Smith, Department of Health Scotland offers insight during the ADEPT Fellow event.


Sir Frank Atherton, Department of Health Wales shares career highlights to attendees during the ADEPT Fellow event


Prof Sir Michael McBride, Department of Health NI, provides inspiring advice to attendees during the ADEPT Fellow event


Dr Michael Breen chairs proceeding during the ADEPT Fellow event.


Trainees, Trainer Ambassadors and members of NIMDTA Senior Management are amongst the attendees pictured with the UK Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers during the NIMDTA ADEPT Fellows special breakfast meeting on Friday 16th December 2022.
Trainees, Trainer Ambassadors and members of NIMDTA Senior Management are amongst the attendees pictured with the UK Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers during the NIMDTA ADEPT Fellows special breakfast meeting on Friday 16th December 2022.


NIMDTA ADEPT Fellows are pictured with UK Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers during their breakfast event on Friday 16th December 2022

For further information on the ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow programme contact:

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2023 BMA MEDFASH Prize

The 2023 BMA MEDFASH prize for improving the quality of HIV and/ or sexual healthcare will open for applications on 1 January 2023. 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 3 March 2023.

BMA Foundation – Research grants open for application 1 January 2023

The BMA Foundation awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £910,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. Applications are invited from doctors and research scientists and can be for either research in progress or prospective research.

All BMA Foundation grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 1 January 2023. The application deadline is 3 March 2023.

A copy of the BMA Foundation grants poster is available below:

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

Dr Ian Steele reflects on a successful 20-year tenure as he announces retirement from NIMDTA

On Wednesday 12 October 2022, Dr Ian Steele completed his final day as Postgraduate Medical Dean and Director of Education for NIMDTA.

Ian was appointed as NIMDTA TPD for Geriatric Medicine in 2002 after having been a consultant for 5 years in the specialty. Ian continued in this role until 2007 where upon he was appointed as Deputy Head of School of Medicine and TPD for Core Medicine when the NIMDTA Specialty Schools were established. Subsequently, Ian was appointed as Associate Dean for Hospital Specialty Training and Quality Management in 2013. During this time he was also appointed to the role of Co-Editor of the Gold Guide in 2016 and became a member of COPMeD in 2017.

From May 2018, Ian began working full-time at NIMDTA after being appointed as Director of Professional Development in addition to the role of Associate Dean/Director of Hospital Specialty Training.

It was in October 2020, that Ian was then appointed as Postgraduate Medical Dean and Director of Education for NIMDTA.

Commenting on his final day, Dr Steele said,

“NIMDTA has been a ‘home’ for me for a large portion of my career and I will miss everyone deeply. My time with NIMDTA has been extremely rewarding, and I am thankful to have worked with a wonderful variety of talented and inspirational people throughout my tenure.

As outgoing PGD I am extremely proud of the relationships we have built and strengthened over the years with stakeholders such as all the Health Trusts across NI, the Department of Health NI, the local Universities and the other postgraduate education bodies within the UK.

It cannot be underestimated how much of a key role NIMDTA plays in the training of our doctors and dentists, and the impact we have on all their careers. For example, I am grateful to have been part of introducing amazing initiatives such as the NIMDTA ‘ADEPT’ Programme which allows doctors in training to be ‘within’ NIMDTA and see first-hand the work that goes into supporting our Trainees and driving projects that promote continual development and improvement.

I am immensely proud of the many challenges we have overcome over the years, with most notably our ability to maintain delivery of training throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also proud that during my tenure I was able to make our voice heard loud and clear within medical and dental training education forums at local and national levels.

I am delighted that Dr Camille Harron has been appointed Interim PGD, and I have no doubt that she will successfully progress the work of NIMDTA in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you to everyone for their friendship and generosity over the years, and I wish all our team members all the very best for the future!”

Dr Camille Harron, Interim Postgraduate Medical Dean and Director of Education at NIMDTA said, “Ian has been a fantastic role model throughout his time at NIMDTA.  As Postgraduate Dean, he has provided decisive and insightful leadership through a period of significant challenges.  His expertise, wisdom and mentorship of colleagues on all matters related to postgraduate training has been greatly appreciated both locally and on a national level.  His influence will continue in the minds of those who have worked with and trained under him and in his new role within the HSCNI.  I wish him every future success and happiness.”

Mr Mark McCarey, Chief Executive at NIMDTA said, “I am personally indebted to Ian for the tremendous leadership that he has provided in his role through the most testing of times.  Pandemic disruption, leadership transition and significant changes to our brief have presented during this time.  Ian is gifted with a thoughtful and thorough manner, which have been invaluable to NIMDTA during this time. I would like to wish Ian every happiness in this new phase of life, and have no doubt that he will be successful at all that he turns his attention to.”

Mrs Denise Hughes, Senior Education Manager at NIMDTA said, “I would like thank Ian for his continued support and leadership to NIMDTA’s educators and education management staff throughout all his roles, in particular over the past few years as Postgraduate Dean. He has continued to be an advocate for trainees and training in Northern Ireland both on a regional and national basis.  On behalf of the training departments, I wish him well in his next chapter.’  

Statement on continued derogations in medical education and training

The General Medical Council (GMC), UK statutory education bodies (SEBs) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) have issued an updated statement in relation to the temporary derogations to medical education and training for the period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – please see below: