(2) what estimate he has made of the percentage of doctors appointed to a fixed term specialty training appointment year 1 post in August 2007 in Northern Ireland who are expected to progress to a specialist training year 2 post in the same specialty and unit of application in August 2008.
Doctors who are appointed to fixed term training appointments from August 2007 will be able to apply for speciality training programmes where vacancies occur and in keeping with the 2008 person specification.
Opportunities to progress will be determined by posts becoming available either through vacancies or a reconfiguration of training opportunities.
A series of workshops were organised to advise experienced SHOs and foundation trainees about MMC and the new recruitment process. These were run outside normal working hours to ensure least disruption to the service. Year 2 foundation trainees are required to attend a 10 day regional generic skills programme, which is deducted from their study leave entitlement.
Trainees are entitled to study leave and annual leave in accordance with the terms and conditions of service and consistent with maintaining essential services. On-site training of doctors and the provision of a service to patients are inextricably linked therefore it is not possible to extract this information.
(2) what the average duration has been of Medical Training Application Service round 1 interviews in each speciality in Northern Ireland;
(3) whether candidates’ Medical Training Application Service application forms will be taken into account when selecting individuals for speciality training and fixed term speciality training appointments for August 2007.
For selection to the run through training programme, candidates complete a 30 minute interview, in addition to providing copies of references, a training portfolio and evidence of acquired clinical and academic skills. Panel members will have access to all relevant documentation including the candidate’s application form.