Specialty schools have been created to deliver postgraduate medical training in Northern Ireland. The schools are managed by the Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency in conjunction with the Royal Colleges, Faculties and Colleges.
Trainees who have accepted an offer from the Northern Ireland Deanery automatically become members of the school representing their specialty.
The main roles of the schools are:
- to ensure all education, training and assessment processes meet college and General Medical Council (GMC) curricula
- to monitor the quality of training, ensuring it enhances the standard of patient care and produces competent and capable specialists
- to implement the new MMC training programmes
- to encourage and develop educational research
- to promote diversity and equality of opportunity
- to work with the Northern Ireland Deanery to identify, assess and support trainees in difficulty