Out Of Programme

Subject to the formal agreement of the Dean, SpRs and StRs may take time out from structured training whilst retaining a National Training Number (NTN). Trainees will need to get formal approval from the Postgraduate Dean and discuss their plans with their Training Programme Director (TPD) and Educational Supervisor.

Periods out of programme may count towards the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) - this should be discussed with the Specialty Training Committee (STC) Chair and the relevant college.


Full details of out of programme guidance can be found in sections 6.75 to 6.96 of the ‘Gold Guide’ 2014. This can be downloaded from the COPMeD website: www.copmed.org.uk


Application Process:

For further information about the current OOP Application process please refer to the OOP Trainee Guidance document below

From 9th July 2020, there is now an online form. You must also upload a completed copy of the OOP/Acting Up signatory form. This form must contain the signatures of both your Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director to confirm that they have seen the detail of and are supportive of your application. This form can be found here.

For more information on Out of Programme Pause please visit here.