Northern Ireland junior doctors committee

The Northern Ireland junior doctors committee represents and gathers the opinions of junior doctors in Northern Ireland. Find out more about our members, priorities and meetings.

Location: Northern Ireland
Audience: Junior doctors
Updated: Thursday 2 May 2024
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Our priorities

​The NIJDC gathers the opinions of junior doctors from health and social care trusts or the Public Health Agency within Northern Ireland. We represent junior doctors in Northern Ireland to the UKJDC. Our priorities are:

Pay

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland are undervalued, underpaid, overworked, and lacking in training opportunities. That’s why we’re fighting for fair pay and full pay restoration.

Read more about our campaign to fix pay for junior doctors.

The NIJDC gathers the opinions of junior doctors from health and social care trusts or the Public Health Agency within Northern Ireland. We represent junior doctors in Northern Ireland to the UKJDC. Our priorities are:

  • To communicate the activities of the NIJDC and UKJDC to junior doctors in Northern Ireland.
  • To promote the policies of JDC.

  • To encourage junior doctors in Northern Ireland to take part in the medico-political process.
  • To help junior doctors take action against their employers, as may seem necessary by the NIJDC.
  • To liaise with the BMA (NI) office and the industrial relations officers of the BMA.
  • To monitor and ensure, to the best of our ability, the enforcement of current national agreements regarding terms and conditions of service at a regional level.
  • Fair interpretation of junior doctors' contracts in NI.
  • That medical posts established within NI are in accordance with such workforce objectives as may exist from time to time.
  • #TakeControl - We want to encourage junior doctors to better understand their workplace rights and entitlements. Our infographic outlines some key workplace rights and how you can protect them.

Our people

Chair: Dr Fiona Griffin

Deputy chairs:
Edwina Hegarty (Education, training and other issues)

Dr Steven Montgomery (Negotiations and issues relating to terms and conditions, the new deal, the EWTD and revalidation).

Members

Belfast Trust
Steven Montgomery
Timothy Neill
Rachel Roberts
Oisín Fearon
Olugbenga Saheed Alabi
Noah Taylor
Queenie Mae Torrente
Ali Sadane
Kevin Gervin
Georgina Gilmartin
Conor John Mcguigan
Shane Joseph O'hara
Niall Doherty
Stephen Ramsay
William Hunter
Cristina Lagaron

Southern Trust
Fiona Griffin
Carla Troughton
Sudheer Reddy Kancharla
Gareth Smyth
Ruby Crothers

Western Trust
Mohamed Shirazy
Adam Flynn
Zaid Alkhalaf,
Victoria Paice
Rebecca Jayne Mckillen

South Eastern Trust
Helen Kerr
Tochukwu Kingsley Igboanugo
Rojan Baban
Anna Mary Murray
Amy Doran

Northern Trust
David Griffith
Eranda Arachchi
Shana Irvine
Amy Junkin
1 vacant

Public Health Agency
1 vacant

Dental trainee
Nicola Holland
Caoimhe Quail

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Our meetings

We meet four times a year to discuss the issues that are most important to doctors in training.

These meetings are open to members of the NIJDC. Non-voting committee members can also come along and participate as part of the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Next meeting date:

  • Wednesday 08 May 2024 (online)

For more information, emails us or call 028 9026 9666.

How to join

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of NIJDC, this is: 

Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every two years, elections for 36 seats on NIJDC take place for a two-session term.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in July or August.
  • Eligibility - all junior doctors who are BMA members and working in a Northern Ireland health and social care trust are eligible to stand and vote in this election.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  

 

Elections

There are four seats available for election in the Northern Trust.

You have until 2pm on 28 June to nominate yourself.

Nominees must be a BMA member and must be working in the NHSCT from August 2024.

Nominate yourself here

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the NIJDC, email us or call 028 9026 9666.

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