Terminology

  1. OOP – time out of the normal structure of a training programme
  2. OOPT – a period undertaking clinical training that is not part of the trainees normal training programme
  3. OOPR – a period undertaking research
  4. OOPE – a period gaining professional skills that will enhance their future practice. This could benefit the doctor e.g. developing skills in leadership, education, patient safety, clinical skills; or may support the health needs of other countries e.g. Médecins Sans Frontières. 
  5. OOPP – ‘out of programme pause’ enables trainees to take time out of formal training (up to one year) and continue working clinically and have any competencies gained whilst out of training assessed upon their return. This can minimise the impact of time out on CCT date.
  6. OOPC – a planned career break. 
  7. LTFT training eligibility categories:
    • Category 1 – includes those who wish to work less than full time to support caring responsibilities or in response to disability or ill health. 
    • Category 2 – includes those who wish to work less than full time to enable personal/professional development through unique opportunities (e.g. high level sports, membership of a national committee); to support religious commitment (e.g. training for a particular role that requires a time commitment); or for non medical development (e.g. management courses, law courses). 
    • Category 3 – includes those who choose to training LTFT as a personal choice to meet their individual professional or lifestyle needs. That choice is not subject to the judgement of anyone else and is only limited by service considerations. 

In most cases, category 1 is expected to be honoured. Every effort is made to accommodate category 2. Category 3 has to date been a pilot only trialled in Emergency medicine, Paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology. It is being considered for piloting within neurosurgery.

8. Keeping in touch days (KIT days)

May be taken whilst on parental leave (up to ten). You are paid to be in the workplace in order to keep up to date with workplace activities. It can include training or other activities which the individual or employer feels can facilitate a smooth return.