Educational Supports

Financial Supports for Non Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs)  

There are currently three schemes in operation which provide financial support to NCHDs funded by the NDTP.  The schemes are:

1. Clinical Course & Examination Refund Scheme for NCHDs

This scheme is open to all NCHDs. There is an approved list of clinical courses & examinations qualifying for this refund scheme contained in the guidance document. Commencing 8th July 2019 the full cost of an approved examination/course taken on or after this date is eligible to be refunded for the first sitting of the exam. An application form must be completed to apply for this refund.

2. Training Supports Scheme for NCHDs

This scheme is open to all NCHDs. Funding is allocated based on Grade and the table below indicates the amount available under the TSS for each registration training year, July – July. Funding is available pro-rata for doctors employed on shorter contract durations.

Grade Amount per Registration Year
Intern €750
SHOs and Registrars €1250
SPRs/GP Registrars/Psychiatry SRs on a training scheme €2000

A list of approved clinical courses, conferences and examinations that can be claimed for under the TSS are listed in the TSS Guidance Document for Employers & NCHDs which can be accessed below

Please see the NCHD Training Supports Scheme (TSS) Guidance Document for Employers & NCHDs here which contains a detailed explanation of the Scheme

The Training Supports Scheme User Guide explains the steps required to making a Training Supports Application via the NER Portal

3. Specialist Training Fund for Higher Specialist Trainees

This scheme is open to higher specialist trainees and 3rd/4th year GP trainees only. The funding available to each trainee is €500 per year of training and the fund rolls over if not claimed in a particular year. 

The Specialist Training Fund for Higher Specialist Trainees (2020/2021) guidance document contains a detailed explanation of the Scheme should be completed and submitted to the your Postgraduate Medical Training Body to claim your refund.

Financial Supports for Consultants  

1. Consultant CME - Continuing Medical Education

This Scheme is open to Consultants employed in the public service. It allows Consultants claim a maximum of €3,000 per annum towards courses and conference, reference materials and professional fees. Further information is available in the memo claiming travel costs the guidance document and the application form should be completed in full and returned to the relevant employer for processing.