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National Doctors Training and Planning

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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.

Development Funding 2021

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HSE-NDTP is pleased to announce that the 2021 cycle of Development Funding will be launched earlier than normal this year.

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Full details will issue before the end of March 2021.

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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 by clicking here!

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.

Management and Leadership Scholarship 

In 2017 NDTP launched a new Scholarship to part fund 24 NCHDs pursuing a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership Skills.

Doctors are an invaluable resource within our health service. Clinician Leadership is recognised as essential in both the delivery of healthcare and the management of the health service. The relationship between medical engagement and leadership and organisational performance including delivery of quality patient care is unmistakeable.

The HSE is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of specialities. The funding will support 24 doctors to pursue a Masters – 12 places will be part-funded in the first year and a further 12 in the second year.

Funding will be available for up to 60% of the cost of an approved Masters course in the Republic of Ireland reimbursed up to a maximum of €4,800 per year.

The objective of the funding is to:

  • Provide an additional option to NCHDs regarding their area of interest
  • Encourage doctors with an interest in management and leadership roles to undertake a formal qualification
  • Prepare doctors for management and leadership roles e.g. Clinical Directors
  • Enhance the key role clinicians play in management and equip NCHDs with the necessary skills to undertake these roles in the future

It is expected that the Masters programme will be two years part time, however consideration will be given to applicants who are availing of out of clinical programme experience recognised by their training body and wish to complete a one year full time programme.

This scholarship is an investment both in the professional development of non-consultant hospital doctors and in the future of the Irish public health service.

Further information on the Management and Leadership Scholarship is available on the Guidance Document and Application Form are available here and also from Thomas Hynes / email thomas.hynes1@hse.ie

Guidance Document available here

Application Forms:

Funding for 24 places per year (12 for Year 1 & 12 for Year 2) is now available through NDTP for NCHDs who wish to pursue a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of specialties.

The objective of this funding is to:

  • Provide an additional option to NCHDs regarding their area of interest.
  • Encourage doctors with an interest in management and leadership roles to undertake a formal qualification.
  • Prepare doctors for management and leadership roles e.g. Clinical Directors.

Enhance the key role clinicians play in management and equip NCHDs with the necessary skills to undertake these roles in the future.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be registered on the current Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland.
  • have applied for an approved Masters programme by the relevant University / Third Level Institution (see list on page 3).
  • be commencing their Masters programme in the autumn.
  • have completed and submitted all required documentation to NDTP.
  • have the duration of the Masters programme remaining in their training programme upon enrollment

This programme is intended for Doctors who have completed BST or equivalent and are enrolled on a higher training programme.

It is expected that the Masters programme will be two years part time, however consideration will be given to applicants who are availing of out of clinical programme experience recognised by their training body and wish to complete a one year full time programme.

Application Process Year 1 & Year 2

The application process for Year 1 funding for an approved Masters in Management and/or Leadership is a three step process. Each stage is outlined below.

Funding is automatically granted for Year 2 when applicants are successfully awarded a scholarship for Year 1.

Stage 1

  • Determine if you are eligible to apply by consulting the eligibility criteria.
  • Complete an application form and forward to NDTP.
  • The application process will open on Monday the 8th of February 2021 and close on Monday the 15th of March 2020.
  • After the closing date has passed NDTP will review applications received and contact applicants advising if they can proceed to stage 2 of the process

Stage 2

  • Should demand exceed the number of places on offer, applications will be considered and scholarships awarded to candidates by means of a selection panel.
  • A reserve list will be put in place should any successful applicants subsequently not accept their place.

Stage 3

  • Once approval has been received from NDTP you will then proceed to register with the university and pay your fee.
  • Confirmation / evidence of a place should be forwarded to NDTP by 30th August 2020 in order to secure your funding. NDTP will move to the reserve list and offer the place to the next candidate should this confirmation not be received. Deferrals will not be accepted.
  • Receipts for fees should be forwarded to NDTP.
  • NDTP will issue a refund of up to 60% of the cost through your current employer or alternatively pay the third level institution directly

1Leadership and Leadership Development in Health Care: The Evidence Base, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management , The Kings Fund and Centre for Creative Leadership (February 2015)

Available Funding:

  • Funding will be available for up to 60% of the cost of an approved Masters course in the Republic of Ireland reimbursed up to a maximum of €4,800 per annum.
  • Funding will be granted upon submission of a receipt in advance for the academic year. Any years in excess of 2 years will not be funded through this scheme. Alternatively funding can be paid directly to the third level institution.
  • Applications for funding in respect of a Masters programme completed retrospectively will not be considered.
  • An academic year will be funded once. Funding for repeat years will not be granted.
  • Funding will cover the cost of 60% of the university / institution fees only up to a maximum of €4,800 per annum. Any additional costs such as travel, subsistence, books, journals etc will not be covered.
  • Educational leave is a matter between the trainee and his/her employer.
  • Funding cannot be used in conjunction with other funding, e.g. SpR Higher Specialist Fund, Training Supports Scheme etc..  .
  • If the NCHD should withdraw from the Masters Programme NDTP will require funding to be recuperated 

List of approved courses:

  • Institute of Public Administration, Masters in Leadership and Strategy
  • Institute of Public Administration, Masters in Healthcare Management
  • RCSI, Masters in Health Management
  • RCSI, Masters in Leadership
  • Trinity College, MSc Health Service Management

Granting of Funding:

A selection panel may be formed to adjudicate this bursary. This panel will include an external representative.

The successful applicants must agree to participate in any publicity / promotional activity surrounding this programme. This may include a presentation ceremony in Dr Steeven’s Hospital, participation in an oral presentation upon completion of Masters, publication of scholarship information including names of successful participants on the NDTP / HSE website for example.

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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.

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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