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Information for Educational Supervisors and Training Programme Directors

You will often be the first port of call for doctors in specialty training. It is important to make sure you give them correct information about going out of programme. If the doctor is advised incorrectly they may not be able to apply for a CCT or CESR (CP).

Further information can be found on your home deanery/LETB website.

Perhaps the most important message to give a doctor in training is that if they want the time to count towards their CCT or CESR (CP), they must get approval from us before the post starts. This is a requirement of The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

Your responsibilities

If a doctor in training has been successful in securing a post outside of their training that starts in the next few weeks, you should manage their expectations and advise them that it is highly unlikely they will get approval in time. This doesn’t mean they can’t take the post – it just means the time out won’t count towards their training. The completion of training date may have to be adjusted to allow the doctor in training to gain the required competencies in approved training posts.

The doctor must get support and endorsement, in writing from the Postgraduate Dean and the college or faculty, before approval by the GMC. This takes time. It can take up to three months for the doctor to obtain the completed forms that we need to approve these posts. The doctor must also give their employer three months’ notice.

Other considerations

The Gold Guide recommends that time out of programme will not normally be agreed until a doctor in training has been in programme for at least a year – whether or not the time is to count towards their training.

Doctors in training must submit the Appendix 4 document annually – details of this form can be found in the The Gold Guide.

OOPT is normally for no more than one year, but in exceptional circumstances can be up to two years.

OOPR is normally for a higher degree such as a PHD or a Master’s degree and will not normally exceed three years. Doctors in their final year will not normally be granted OOPR.

For information visit www.gmc-uk.org

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