The next deadline for the submission of claims with appropriate supporting documentation is Tuesday 7 March. Only online applications will be accepted.
The specialist fund (formally known as the discretionary fund) was first introduced in 2010 following the introduction of the 2010 NCHD agreement.
The HSE continues to have a part in the specialist training fund for higher specialist trainees. This fund is to support and aid participation in education and training events.
Claims are managed directly by the ICGP. All claims for specialist funding must be made online, through the ICGP website.
To make a claim your must have your ICGP ID & Pin. When logged in, you will be able to view your account balance. You will then have the option of making claims under the following headings:
Where appropriate, you will be required to upload supporting documentation, e.g. receipt confirming the amount paid (bank statements confirming fees paid are not accepted, cert of participation (for online courses), etc.
When your claim has been submitted to the ICGP you will receive an automatic confirmation email.
All supporting documentation must be submitted online with your application.
The specialist training fund is only available to higher specialist trainees, i.e. specialist, senior registrars and 3rd and 4th year GP trainees who are:
Please review Specialist Funding Guidance Document 2016 for more information on eligibility.
The funding available to each HST trainee is equivalent to €500 per year of higher specialist training. At the end of the training year any unclaimed funding will be "rolled over" to the next training year until CSCST at which point you are no longer eligible to claim at which point any unclaimed funding will be returned to the HSE.
This fund can be used for relevant educational and training events that support your training. It can also be used to support the purchase of specialist medical equipment specifically required as part of your training programme.
Trainees can apply for funding in respect of financial liabilities incurred between 11 July 2015 and 10 July 2016.
Any exams or courses eligible under the Clinical Courses Refund scheme (Clinical Course & Examination Refund Scheme) cannot be claimed under this fund. For example, ACLS courses and membership/fellowship exams must be claimed through your hospital under the clinical courses refund scheme.
Hardware such as laptops cannot be claimed.
Applications received in relation to expenses incurred prior to 11 July 2015 will not be considered. For example, if you attended a conference in June 2015, this expense can no longer be claimed.
To make a claim, see www.icgp.ie/GPreimbursement.
Below are the deadline dates for 2016/2017, for which trainees must submit their application to the ICGP to ensure they are included on the quarterly list.
The HSE has made arrangements with the ICGP to process this fund on their behalf.
Please allow 6-8 weeks processing time. All payments are now being made by direct debit payment Click here for the bank details for electronic payment .
Application for funding must be made directly to the ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01 6763705, Email: email@example.com.