Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland region is supported by a dedicated RCP regional office.

Our regional office is involved with a range of educational activities, both regional and national, and one major conference per year. Each month we live stream an evening medical update (EMU), with two CPD points for attendance.

The regional office coordinates and facilitates the MRCP Part 1 and Part 2 examinations held in Belfast. Approval for consultant and specialty doctor job descriptions is coordinated through the regional office for new and replacement appointments for the region.

Regional office

Sonya Lappin
Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) – Northern Ireland Regional Office
The Education Centre
Elliott Dynes Rehabilitation Unit
Royal Hospitals
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9063 4982
Fax: +44 (0)28 9063 4983
Email: sonya.lappin@belfasttrust.hscni.net

The office is open Monday–Friday.

Multimap website - postcode BT12 6BA

Regional advisers

RCP regional advisers (service)

Dr Michael Trimble
Acute Medicine Unit
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 0503
Email: michael.trimble@belfasttrust.hscni.net

RCP regional adviser (training)

Dr Gavin McDonnell
Ward 4E
Department of Neurology
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 0503
Email: gavin.mcdonnell@belfasttrust.hscni.net

RCP associate regional adviser

Post vacant

Approval of job descriptions

For the approval of job descriptions please contact your regional office manager. Further information and guidance on job planning is available from Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC).

School of medicine

The Royal College of Physicians has supported the creation of specialty-based schools of medicine within each deanery, which will supervise trainees within Basic Medical Training and all 30 Higher Specialist Training programmes.

Heads of schools have now been appointed in most deaneries. The appointment process was deanery-based, with the posts being advertised. In most cases the RCP and the deanery cooperated, which variously included the RCP commenting on the job description, advertising the role to fellows, and being represented on the appointment panel. In the majority of cases the person appointed has previously served as a regional adviser.

The appointment of a head of School of Medicine for the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency is to be confirmed.