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mwp_2020_21Medical Workforce Report 2020-21

This report gives an overview of the publicly funded medical workforce in Ireland and includes an annual assessment of both consultant and NCHD posts in the health system.

View the Medical Workforce Report 2020-21

Visit the Workforce Planning section of our website for more.

NCHD E-Portfolio

In line with NDTP’s commitment to support NCHDs we are pleased to announce a new E-Portfolio module on your NER portal.  

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This module will launch in May 2021.

The principal objective of the E-Portfolio will allow NCHDs who are not on a formal training scheme have access to a generic standard document to record their training and career development.  It also gives the opportunity to have their experience validated by their supervising Consultant where applicable.  All NCHDs will be able to access the E-Portfolio, however it is principally aimed at Non Training Scheme Doctors. 

The E-Portfolio will allow NCHDs to record their experience under a number of headings and will enable them to generate a Logbook.

We have also created user guides for both consultants and NHCDs on our website.  If you have any specific queries there is a dedicated team available Monday to Friday.  They can be contacted at dime.team@hse.ie

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Development Funding 2021

Through the Education and Training Unit of NDTP, a substantial amount of funding is made available each year for agencies (i.e. Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies, Intern Networks or Training Leads) to apply for original projects that will contribute to the career development of doctors. This funding is known as Development Funding and it has been available on a yearly basis since 2010.

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Development Funding has been responsible for a number of significant positive impacts on the careers of Irish-trained doctors through projects. A list of previously funded development funding projects is available here.

Applications can be submitted by any of the Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies and Intern Networks who have Service Level Agreements in place with the HSE and who are based in Ireland. Applications are also invited from HSE Training Leads.

Guidance Document

Application Form

Training Support Schemes (TSS)

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on NCHDs ability to utilise their TSS balance during this training year, due to the additional service demands and cancelled or rescheduled courses/conferences/exams. To address this issue, we are renewing last year’s policy and allowing the rollover of remaining TSS balances from the current training year (July 2020 - July 2021) into the following training year (July 2021 - July 2022), provided NCHDs are still eligible for TSS. tss

Please note the following scenarios which may arise due to the one-off rollover of TSS balances:

  • NCHDs with a remaining 2020 - 2021 TSS balance will have this rolled over and added to next year’s TSS entitlements (dependent on grade and contract duration) should they remain eligible for TSS. Example: A Registrar, that is eligible for TSS in July 2021, has €250 remaining from the 2020 - 2021 training year. This will now be rolled over in July 2021 and added to their 2021 - 2022 entitlement of €1250 giving them a total of €1,500 for the 2021 - 2022 training year.
  • NCHDs with no remaining 2020 - 2021 TSS balances will have no rollover of TSS funds and will be awarded their new TSS entitlement only from 12th July 2021, provided they are still eligible for TSS.
  • NCHDs that leave employment in July but return at some stage during the 2021-2022 training year will be entitled to a pro-rata TSS entitlement based on their contract duration. Also if they have a remaining balance from July 2020 - July 2021 training year they will also be entitled to this.
    Example: An SpR that leaves in July but has a remaining balance of €200 from July 2020 - July 2021 then returns in January 2022 – July 2022 will be entitled to their remaining balance from 2020 - 2021 i.e. €200 plus their 2021 - 2022 TSS entitlement pro-rata.

Spark Innovation Update

The HSE is now inviting applications for the Fellowship in Innovation and Change commencing in July 2021. The Innovation Fellowship presents an exciting opportunity for an NCHD to develop their leadership and managerial skills. The purpose of the Innovation Fellowship is to give an NCHD the opportunity to lead and shape the Spark Programme. This will be done in collaboration with the National QI Team, NDTP and other stakeholders.

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Check out the full application guide.

Oveseas Training - Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship 2021/22DRSS Logo

The Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship is awarded annually to Specialist / Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. 

The Scholarship supports doctors to train in centres of excellence overseas in novel areas of medicine and patient care which are limited or unavailable in Ireland and to bring the skills gained back to the Irish health service.

Since the Scholarship was developed and established in 2007, fifty seven doctors have been awarded Scholarships and a further twenty three have been awarded bursaries under the programme.  A number of past recipients have since been appointed to consultant posts in Ireland.

After due consideration four Scholarships were awarded to the following outstanding candidates:

Dr Conor Judge, Specialist Registrar in Nephrology, will undertake a clinical fellowship in Nephrology and Home Dialysis Therapies in McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr Aisling Semple, an SpR in general paediatrics will undertake a clinical fellowship in Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) in The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.

Dr Mary Butler, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, will undertake a 6-month placement with the Department of Psychiatry and the Food and Mood Centre in Deakin University and Barwon Health, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Clíodhna Browne, Specialist Registrar in Urology, will undertake a clinical fellowship in urology in Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia from August 2021

Three Bursaries were also awarded:

Dr Mark Murphy, Specialist Registrar in Radiology, will undertake a nine month Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr Catriona Goggin, Medical Oncology SpR, will undertake a Clinical Research Fellowship in soft tissue sarcoma at the Sarcoma Unit of The Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

Dr Andrew Hughes, Specialist Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, has been appointed as the 2021 International Pelvic and Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellow at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, in Philadelphia.

A broad range of specialities is represented in this year’s intake to the Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarship and Bursary programme. The NTDP wishes all the participants every success in the coming year and looks forward to their valuable contribution to the care of HSE patients in the coming years.

Further information on the 2022 Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarships will be available in summer 2021.

Clinical Course & Exam Refund Scheme

In line with NDTP’s commitment to reduce the paperwork burden for NCHDs as outlined in MacCraith report and to streamline the application process for NCHDs NDTP are pleased to announce a new module on DIME to allow NCHDs submit their Clinical Course and Exam Refund Scheme (CCERS) applications via their National Employment Record (NER).  This module will be live on 30th November 2020.  There is no change to the current CCERS policy, this is merely a change from paper based to on-line.

Training for clinical sites will be rolled out in November and user guides will be available shortly.  Details for NCHDs on how to apply for funding via their NER will be published shortly on this website.

Consultant & NCHD Employment Data Reports

The below report captures and displays details of employment data for both consultants and NCHDs. This report was first published in January 2021 and will be published quarterly.

The consultant and NCHD data contained in the report is extracted from DIME (Doctors Integrated Management E-system). Consultant data relates only to Consultant Applications Advisory Committee (CAAC) approved consultant posts. 

The consultant section of the report outlines consultant data by;

1.      Medical discipline

2.      Location by hospital group/CHO

3.      Tenure

The NCHD section of the report outlines NCHD data by;

1.      Clinical site and grade of incumbent

2.      NCHD posts by medical discipline and Non-Training Scheme Doctors.

Quarterly DIME Employment Data Report 2021