Welcome to the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
We are an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and our primary role is to recruit and train postgraduate medical and dental professionals to serve the patients of Northern Ireland.
NIMDTA strives to ensure that trainees are listened to, supported and provided with high quality training and opportunities.
We support trainees with the aim of maximising their potential to successfully progress, complete training and be appointed to permanent posts in NI evoking the HSC Values of openness and honesty, compassion, excellence and working together.
We are also the leading employer for Doctors and Dentists in training within Northern Ireland.
For further information regarding our organisation, please visit The Role of NIMDTA
Planning Your Medical Career
It is never too early to start planning your career pathway and experiences in dental and medical school can help with decisions about postgraduate training.
For medical graduates who have reached the Foundation stage, important career decisions have to be made after only 18 months of the 2-year training period. It is important to have a clear knowledge of the choices regarding availability of training programmes, their entry requirements, the application process, interview skills, the structure of the programmes and the career prospects on completion.
You may also wish to consider the scope for flexibility during training such as less-than-full-time training and enhanced opportunities such as research, educational and leadership fellowships which may be combined with training programmes.
Career Education and Guidance
NIMDTA wishes to equip and support trainees to make informed decisions about career choices. Much of the career support will come from within your training programme both from supervisors and lead educators. Most of the Royal College and Faculty websites have dedicated career resources with information on career opportunities, training pathways and recruitment processes.
Foundation doctors have the opportunity to attend a Generic Skills session in Career Decision Making. The iQuest programme for Speciality Trainees includes a number of career topics including CV development and Applying for a Consultant Post. The NIMDTA news page will highlight other opportunities such as the Peer Interview Scheme. E-learning for health (www.e-lfh.org.uk/) has modules which support career planning.
If you wish to avail of one-to-one guidance, this may be accessed through the NIMDTA Professional Support Unit (PSU). In addition, the PSU can signpost to mentoring schemes which also support career progress through individual personal and professional development.