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Applications for the role of National Lead NCHD Fellow 2023-2024 are now open.

The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to develop leadership and management skills, oversee the Lead NCHD initiative and work with key stakeholders on initiatives designed to improve the NCHD experience. You will work with National Doctor’s Training and Planning (NDTP) for the duration of the Fellowship.

Please find the below application guide with all the details you’ll need to apply.

NLNCHD Fellow Applicants Guide 2023.pdf (size 730.7 KB)

Please submit informal queries as well as completed applications to before the closing deadline of 5PM on Friday the 16th of December 2022.

National Doctors Training & Planning Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027

The National Doctors Training & Planning Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027 was launched on the 11th November 2022 by the Professor Brian Kinirons, Medical Director NDTP. 

The strategy is guided by a vision and mission that reflects the role of NDTP in an evolving health service. The six strategic objectives set out in the plan and their associated outcomes, will, when achieved, result in significant benefit to patients and service users. To view the strategic plan, please view at NDTP Strategic plan 2022-2027.pdf (size 3.8 MB)

The National Employment Record (NER) App is Now Available! 

The National Employment Record (NER) App is now available for all NCHDs to download on the App and Google Play Stores. 

 Link to App Google Play Store (Android Device)  Link to App Store (IOS / Apple Device ) 

NOTE: There is no requirement to set up a new NER Account when accessing the App. Your same login credentials for the NER web based portal will apply.                                                    

The NER App is an extension of the current NER web based portal which enables NCHDs to interact virtually with Medical HR and Occupational Health Departments nationally in order to complete and upload pre-employment screening documentation prior to commencing a new post. NCHDs can also apply for funding under both the Training Supports Scheme and the Clinical Course Exam and Refund Scheme via the NER APP. More recently, all NCHDs now have access to an E-Portfolio module through their NER account. The E-Portfolio module gives NCHDs the opportunity to record their training and career development and have their experience validated by their Supervising Clinician/ Consultant where applicable. This functionality is also readily available on the NER App.

For assistance with navigating the NER App the DIME Team have created NER App User Guides as well as an NER APP FAQ document, please select the appropriate links below to access same. 

NER App User Guide for Android Device 


NER App User Guide for Apple Device


NER APP FAQ Document




NDTP Annual Report 2021

The NDTP Annual Report 2021 is now available. To view, please click NDTP Annual Report 2021.pdf (size 845.1 KB)

Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS): 


CPD-SS Guidance Document is available here CPD-SS-Guidance-Document


Medical Workforce Report 2021-22

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.

NDTP Workforce Report 2021 2022 (PDF, size 3 MB)

Medical Workforce report 2021-2022

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.  

E-Portfolio Image tweet 16th Sept 21

We have also created a short video below on the E-Portfolio Module as well as User Guides for both Consultants and NHCDs on our website. 

User Guides and Tutorial Videos are available by selecting the following link

If you have any specific queries there is a dedicated team available Monday to Friday.  They can be contacted at

Watch our Youtube video on the E-Portfolio Module

Spark Innovation Update

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Check out the full application guide.

Coming Soon! Spark's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Health Forum


Overseas Training - Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship 2021-2022DRSS 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 2023 Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarships will be available in Autumn 2022.