Northern Ireland

Regional Advisor:  Dr Raymond McKee

Number of posts available:  2-3

Advertising and interview process

Posts are advertised as part of the annual National Recruitment process for posts commencing in August. This is organised by the West Midlands Deanery. More information can be found here:

http://icmnro.wm.hee.nhs.uk/

Training Programme

With a population of 1.8 million, Northern Ireland has vibrant cities and easily accessible areas of outstanding natural beauty Standard of living here is excellent, and many trainees return to work here at various stages in their career. Excellent transportation links to the rest of the UK, and a comprehensive digital infrastructure help reinforce the ease of communication.

The training programme in Intensive Care Medicine appoints 2-3 trainees per year, with all main partner specialties offered. An individualised approach ensures maximum trainee benefit from the available opportunities. This includes the possibility of FICE accreditation, with FICE mentors integral to most units. All major subspecialties are offered, with the exception of cardiothoracic and hepatic transplantation. Trainees rotate through several ICUs as part of training, gaining a varied flavour of practice, both in a large tertiary centre, as well as several District General Hospitals situated around Northern Ireland. Complimentary specialty training is well established in several units. The over-arching aim is development of a broadly-experienced Consultant in ICM.

Strong educational and research links exist within Northern Ireland units, as well as to the Republic of Ireland, co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network. An active teaching programme for ICM trainees, rotating through several Intensive Care Units, operates a rolling programme of curriculum-matched, relevant and up-to-date seminars as support for FICM preparation.

Trainees considering application to the ICM training programme are encouraged to discuss this with the Regional Advisor.