Out of Programme
Once you have successfully obtained your national training number and settled into your training programme you may wish to undertake some time out. Time Out of Programme (OOP) is effectively time that you can use for a number of reasons either approved to count towards your CCT or in unapproved to boost your CV or for specific reasons.
All OOP must be discussed with the Deanery and the SAC for your speciality; therefore it is advisable to discuss plans as early as possible. Below we have outlined the different types of OOP. Before you undertake OOP please see the JCST website.
Types of OOP:
- Time out of programme for approved clinical training (OOPT). This may be time spent in an approved post in different UK unit, or you can gain prospective approval for overseas posts via GMC. Approved training will count towards your CCT and not lengthen your training programme. You must liaise with the Deanery, SAC and GMC prior to training up a post if you wish it to count towards training as no retrospective approval can be given.
- Time out of programme for clinical experience (OOPE). These are
similar to the OOPT but are not approved and do not count towards CCT. In these cases posts normally last for 12
months but can be extended to 2 years.
- Time out of programme for research (OOPR). Trainees are encouraged to undertake research if and when they have an interest in doing so. OOPR will allow trainees to undertake research while retaining their training number. Some OOPR can be approved but only if the GMC consider it to be contributing towards clinical training.
- Time out of programme for career breaks (OOPC). OOPC can be requested for any reason but priority is given to a few key areas. These include: Care for dependants that cannot be accommodated through flexi training or job share, Illness, and for the achievement of life goals that cannot be deferred this would apply to groups such as athletes. Trainees should bear in mind that career breaks might affect their ability to maintain a current licence to practise with the GMC.