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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.

Specialty 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), or if you are a dentist, by COPDEND (Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors in the UK).  The application form for applying for any kind of out of programme time is found within the respective Gold Guide for your training:


There may be a number of circumstances why a trainee 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.


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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