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HSE and Council establish ‘Medical Intern Board’

The Board is a joint initiative of the HSE and the Medical Council with representation from the HSE, the Council, the Intern Network Executive, the Irish Medical Schools Council, and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies.

A HSE spokesperson commented: “To support the Medical Intern Board, a new Medical Intern Unit is being established with the purpose of overseeing and managing the operational delivery of the intern training programme. The unit will also drive the implementation of strategic recommendations of the Medical Intern Board. The Medical Intern Unit will have a management committee and report to the Medical Intern Board.”

No appointments have been made to date, but recruitment is underway. HSE National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) and the Medical Council expect that the unit will be launched in quarter one, 2018.

“The HSE is providing funding to the unit to cover a Clinical Lead and administrative supports,” stated the HSE.

The roll-out of the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) framework as the assessment method for interns will be the immediate priority of the Medical Intern Unit. Work on scoping-out the requirements of the pilot project is already underway between the HSE and the Medical Council.

Of the total 733 intern posts allocated in 2017, 705 were matched to EU graduates of Irish medical schools (679 CAO-EEA and 26 non-CAO-EEA).

All EU graduates of Irish medical schools who applied for the intern match were offered an intern training place. There were 202 non-EEA applications and 26 were offered an intern place, according to the HSE.

“There are no plans to increase the number of available intern posts for the 2018 intake,” added the HSE’s spokesperson. “Intern post numbers have increased steadily since the publication of the Fottrell Report in 2006 and have now exceeded the level recommended in that report.”

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