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 21 September 2023
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Next steps for junior doctors in Northern Ireland

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland feel undervalued, underpaid and overworked.

Learn more about what we are doing to address this.

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:

  • 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).


Belfast Trust
Olugbenga Saheed Alabi
Kerry Bowsie
Michael Calderwood
Grace Downey
Yuyo Go
Fergal Grannell
Edwina Hegarty
Marcus Hollyer
Cristina Lagaron
Martin Leer
Amy McCullough
Rebecca Jayne McKillen
Paul Mogey
Calvin Tan
Maysa Salman
Jenny Salmon
Nahid Shamandi (via NIC)
Calvin Tan
Kenneth Tang

Northern Trust
Xi Hui Felicia Chan
Ruby Crothers (via NIC)
Shane O'Hara

South Eastern Trust
Rojan Baban
Rachael Crompton
Niall Doherty
Amy Maria Doran
Fiona Griffin
Alex Todd

Southern Trust
Michael Breen
Susan Cull
Steven Montgomery
Catriona Norden
David Gerard Pelan
Carla Troughton

Western Trust
Oisin Fearon 
Adam Flynn 
Joseph McConville 
Mohamed Shirazy 
Public Health Agency
Maeve Middleton
Dental trainee
Nicola Holland
Rachel Hutchinson


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  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
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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.

Meeting dates:

  • The first meeting of the NI junior doctors committee will take place in person on Thursday 21 September 2023 at 2pm (to include lunch)

    Wednesday 06 December 2023 (online)

    Thursday 29 February 2024 (hybrid)

    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 have now closed.

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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