This page explains arrangements if you’ve taken time out of
training, either to do out of programme activities or through
Out of programme activities counting towards CCT require
prospective College support and GMC approval. Therefore any
applications for OOPT/R must be approved by the College and GMC
before you start in the post.
OOPT - Time Out of Programme for Training
A trainee can seek prospective approval for clinical experience
not otherwise available to them in their programme but which may
contribute towards gaining the competencies needed in order to be
OOPR - Time Out of Programme for Research
A trainee can seek prospective approval for time spent
undertaking research which will count towards the award of
CCT/CESR(CP) where the training received is relevant to the
OOPT / OOPR Process
- Gain prospective approval from your local Deanery/LETB, giving
them as much notice as possible of the intended OOP.
- Apply for College support using the application form and
- Your application will be reviewed by the Quality Assurance
- If your application is successful, pass the College letter of
support to your Deanery/LETB, who should apply for GMC approval
before you begin the OOP period. The GMC will not approve
applications without College support.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com at
least four weeks prior to QA Committee meeting dates. For 2018
- 5 July 2018
- 6 September 2018
- 12 November 2018.
Time out of programme that is not to be counted towards training
(OOPE and OOPC) do not require prospective approval by the GMC or
RCPsych support. This is organised through the trainee's
Deanery/LETB alone. Please also refer to the
GMC's OOP Guidance, the Gold Guide and
Trainees in their final year of Advanced Training wishing to act
up in a Consultant post (AUC) outside of their home Deanery/LETB or
in a location that has not been approved for training should follow
the OOPT process as above following the AUC guidance.
If you’ve been absent
If you’ve been absent for more than 14 days within a 12 month
period, the College and your Deanery will consult on whether your
CCT or CESR CP date needs to be extended.
This will be covered as part of your annual review of competence
For full details on these arrangements, see the
GMC’s position statement.
Please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any
extensions to your training, which mean your CCT or CESR CP date
needs to be changed.