The CMT programme in Northern Ireland (NI) is managed and supported by the NI Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA). It offers the opportunity to work and train in all 5 Health and Social Care Trusts.
Training sites include:
Each rotation will consist of 4 x 6 month posts which provide training opportunities for all the major medical specialities. Within some 6 month attachments, trainees will be able to rotate within specialties.
Approximately 50% of posts are within the Belfast Trust and a typical training year will usually include six months in Belfast and six months in a peripheral attachment. Taster weeks can be organised where training rotations have not provided exposure to a desired specialty.
Trainees are able to preference 24 month rotations at the time of recruitment. The rotations have been developed to meet the requirements of the CMT curriculum and to allow exposure to acute care for at least 18 months.
Each trainee is invited to an evening induction meeting and in addition to local Educational and Clinical Supervision, trainees are invited to individual induction meetings and CT2 review meetings with the Training Programme Director. All trainees are invited to attend ARCPs in person.
Regional teaching includes 10 half-day sessions which take place at the Deanery – these are video-linked to remote training sites. The Deanery arranges annual Part 1 and Part 2 preparation courses. PACES preparation teaching takes place at local Trusts. Trainees are supported to complete the IMPACT course. A simulation training course is being developed for CT2s. The Deanery has developed a modular, generic skills training programme (iQUEST) for all specialty trainees including core trainees. Trainees are updated on educational opportunities via a monthly electronic newsletter.
The Deanery is committed to on-going quality improvement of the CMT programme. Rotations are audited against the CMT Quality Criteria and trainees are encouraged to give feedback on their posts on a six monthly basis.
Northern Ireland is famed for its friendly welcome and its emphasis on good quality of life. It can be crossed by car, north to south or east to west, in about 2 hours and this provides access to a rich variety of natural beauty, outdoor activities and vibrant cities.
The education system is recognised as excellent and property prices are lower than those in other UK locations. The cultural attractions include dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains, lakes, some of the best golf courses in the world, superb fishing, water sports, walking trails, scenic drives and historical landmarks.
Northern Ireland also has many fine restaurants, cinemas, leisure centres and renowned theatres, galleries, arts and entertainment centres, and pubs and clubs. What’s not to like?