There are some circumstances in which a trainee can ask to spend some time out of their specialty training programme.
All requests of this nature need to be agreed by the postgraduate dean and trainees are advised to discuss their proposals as early as possible.
Time out of programme (OOP) will not normally be agreed until a trainee has been in a training programme for at least one year.
Time out of programme for approved clinical training (OOPT)
If a trainee wishes their training undertaken abroad to count towards their CCT they need to obtain prospective training approval. Provided the OOPT has been agreed in advance by the training programme director, the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) the relevant Royal College and the GMC and you continue satisfy the requirement for annual review you may retain your NTN. OOPT will normally be for one year in total, although this can be extended for up to two years with the agreement of the postgraduate dean.
Time out of programme for clinical experience (OOPE)
Clinical training that does not have prospective approval cannot contribute towards a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) but may be classed as OOPE. A request to undertake OOPE must be agreed by the postgraduate dean. As with OOPT, OOPE will normally be for one year in total, although this can be extended for up to two years with the agreement of the postgraduate dean.