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Trainee Information

Out of Programme (OOP)

Guidance for trainees wishing to take time out of their approved training programme for research, acting up, sabbatical or another reason.

Speciality Trainees including GP Trainees (OOP)

Taking time out of programme is governed by the Gold Guide which sets out arrangements agreed by the four UK Health departments and is maintained by COPMeD (Conference of Postgraduate Medical Dean in the UK).  There may be a number of circumstances why a doctor may wish to take time out of their approved programme to which they have been appointed. All OOP has to be approved by your Postgraduate Dean. The application form for applying for any kind of Out of Programme time is Appendix 4 of the Gold Guide.

Please see also: Out of Programme Approvals Process – Protocol 2015 [updated June 2017]

Further information on Out of Programme applications and eligibility is available on the GMC website.


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