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North Eastern Regional Training Scheme in General Practice

24 September 2020
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North Eastern Regional Training Scheme in General Practice

Tel: 046 9076460
Address: HSE, Primary Care Offices, Leighsbrook Lane, off Railway Street, Navan, Co Meath

Acting programme director

Dr Joe Clarke

Assistant programme directors

Dr. Niall Maguire 

Dr. Marion Dyer

Dr. Marie Scully 

Dr. Stephanie Ellis

Mr Enda Murphy

Dr Shona Baynes 

Programme administrators

Marian Earle & Patricia Mallon


The North Eastern Regional Training Scheme for General Practice which was established in 1992 is a four year training programme with an annual intake of twenty trainees. The scheme increased the intake of trainees to 20 in 2017. The scheme is overseen by a dynamic Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Billy Standish.

 A very attractive aspect of the scheme is its location in the North Eastern Counties with its rich rural landscape, large towns and with easy access to Dublin, Belfast and the eastern coastline.

Administration and teaching centre

The Programme Administration and Teaching Centre is located in HSE premises in Navan alongside Primary Care Services, Health Promotion and Public Health Specialists. Teaching and learning facilities are modern with a strong emphasis on IT skills relevant to general practice.


All educational aspects of the programme are regularly reviewed and assessed.

Programme structure

This has been a four year training programme since July 2005. The 1st and 2nd years are based in hospital posts while the 3rd and 4th years are general practice based.

Hospital posts

First and second year posts are hospital based. Currently rotations are available in the specialties of A/E, Dermatology, Palliative Care Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, General Medicine, Psychiatry and ENT. These posts are based in Cavan General Hospital, Louth – Meath Hospital Group Departments of Psychiatry in Ardee and Navan, Highfield Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, St Davnet's Hospital Monaghan, Temple Street Children's Hospital, The Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital Dublin and the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. In July 2019 we have also acquired a Paeds post in the new Emergency Care CHI rotating out of Connolly Hospital / Crumlin.

The hospital posts provide experience of a highly appropriate clinical case mix relevant to a career in general practice and are supervised by hospital consultants committed to recognizing the educational needs of GP trainees.

Third and fourth year posts

The registrar posts are in appointed teaching practices in the HSE Dublin North East region. All the practices have administrative, secretarial and nursing staff and medical records are computerized. Most of the practices are participating in a regional Co-op for out of hours GP services. During this part of the programme opportunities will be provided to develop areas of special interest and acquire advanced practice management skills.

Release course

To complement the learning, which occurs in the hospital and practice posts, there's an active educational programme on Tuesdays for 1st years and on Thursdays for 2nd, 3rd and 4th years at the administration and education centre in Navan. Trainees are released from their posts to attend. First and second year trainees attend for the afternoons only, while third and fourth year registrars attend for the full day. Group work is the norm with the emphasis being on learning rather than teaching. Trainees have a significant input into curriculum planning and delivery.

Research and audit

The completion of a general practice based research or audit project to the required standard is an essential element for achieving Satisfactory Completion of Training. The release course audit and research module provides the necessary training and support to meet this requirement.

Training practices operating in the north eastern region

  • Dr Dara Hume, Drumalee Cross, Cavan.
  • Dr Alan Moran, Pearse Park, Drogheda.
  • Dr Paddy Halligan and Dr Gavin Maguire, Bailieborough, Cavan.
  • Dr Mary O'Duffy, Castleblaney, Monaghan.
  • Dr Tom Prior and Dr Mairead O'Beirne, Connolly Street, Cavan.
  • Dr Cummins and Dr Keenan Drumconrath, Navan.
  • Dr Norton and Dr Crummie, Ballybay, Monaghan.
  • Dr Sylvia McKenna, Wheaton Hall, Dublin Road, Drogheda.
  • Dr Siobhan Gleeson, Patrick Street, Trim.
  • Dr Jillian Begley and Dr Garret Igoe, Dublin Road, Virginia, Cavan.
  • Dr Paul Neary and Dr Kieran O'Connell, Fair Street, Drogheda.
  • Dr Conor McMahon, Fair Street, Drogheda.
  • Dr John MacMahon and Dr Heather McCullagh, Kingscourt, Cavan.
  • Dr Patrick Brophy, Navan Road, Dublin 7.
  • Dr Shane O'Neill, Bolton Street, Drogheda.
  • Dr Mary McDonagh, Bailieborough, Cavan.
  • Dr Illiona Duffy, Swan Park, Monaghan.
  • Dr Sioghan Garavaglia, Main Street, Blackrock, Dundalk.
  • Dr Seamus Clarke, Clones, Monaghan.
  • Dr Ronan Cormican, Fairview, Dublin 3.
  • Dr Joan Gilsenan, Navan, Co. Meath. Dr Cathal Lee, Arvagh, Co. Cavan.
  • Dr Eric Yelverton, Bryanstown, Dublin Road, Drogheda.
  • Dr Deirdre Moran and Dr Larry Moran, Clones, Monaghan.
  • Dr Kate Reilly, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
  • Dr Paula McKevitt, Oldcastle, Co. Meath.
  • Dr Ausin O'Carroll, Grangegorman Primary Care Centre, Dublin 7. Dr Coleman Byrne, Francis Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
  • Dr Deirdre Ormond, Skerries, Co. Dublin.
  • Dr Peter Watson, Donabate, Co. Dublin.
  • Dr Patrick O'Donoghue, Dunleer, Co. Louth.
  • Dr Miriam Clarke, Carrickmacross, Monaghan.
  • Dr Shane Gleeson, Dundalk, Co.Louth.
  • Dr Deirdre Keogh, Drumalee, Cavan.
  • Dr Michael Kiernan, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
  • Dr Eimear Mallon, Inchicore, Dublin 8.
  • Dr Daragh O'Neill, Drogheda. Co. Louth.
  • Dr Robert Scanlon, Griffith Avenue, Dublin.
  • Dr Patrick O'Donoghue, Dunleer, Co. Louth