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Academic training in Northern Ireland

Queen's University of Belfast in partnership with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (Northern Ireland Postgraduate Deanery) and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has developed a pathway of academic clinical training opportunities under a similar system to that suggested by the Walport Report.

New posts have been created as part of MMC or National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Programme of Integrated Academic Training and offer candidates a comprehensive experience in clinical academic medicine alongside international clinicians and researchers.


AFPs in Northern Ireland

Academic programmes are integrated into the FY2 year. Students will normally complete two four-month specialty attachments, and another four-month academic attachment.

The academic attachments vary yearly, but at present specialties involved in these are:

  • renal
  • ophthalmology
  • paediatrics
  • respiratory medicine
  • there are also clinical skills placements


Academic opportunities during specialty training

There will be recruitment to academic clinical lectureships (ACLs) annually in the spring.

In the first instance these posts are recruited internally from trainees at ST3 level and above. In the event of being unable to fill these with local candidates, the posts will be advertised externally.

The following disciplines will be included:

  • old age
  • paediatrics
  • respiratory
  • cardiology
  • epidemiology
  • ophthalmology
  • renal
  • oncology

Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA)