National Lead NCHD

National Lead NCHD/NDTP Fellow

My name is Caroline Herron and I am delighted to introduce myself as the National Lead NCHD/NDTP Fellow for 2021-2022.

The Lead NCHD initiative was developed in response to a historic deficit in NCHD representation at an executive level across the country. It is implemented by the HSE’s NDTP and the HSE’s Quality Improvement Division and Clinical Director Programme.

As National Lead I am responsible for overseeing, developing, expanding and embedding the Lead NCHD Programme throughout the country. Each lead NCHD works with their committee to act as a vital link between NCHDs and hospital management. We encourage and facilitate quality improvement initiatives which are NCHD designed and led; which tackle areas such as NCHD- education, wellbeing and risk management.  All of this is a prudent means of contributing to the improvement of NCHD welfare and working conditions, and therefore improving the recruitment and retention of doctors in our healthcare system.

I also represent NCHDs nationally and provide a link to senior management in the HSE, support NDTP initiatives such as the E Portfolio and provide support, and promote resources and opportunities for all NCHDs. This year I have developed an NCHD newsletter which is issued every 3 months to all NCHDs via DIME. If you have any good news stories or topics you would like covered in the newsletter, please do get in touch.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on You can also log on to: to learn more. Follow us on twitter: @NDTP_HSE

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Caroline Herron

National Lead NCHD/NDTP Fellow