Out of Programme

Out of Programme (OOP)

There are limitless opportunities for out-of-programme experience, either for research or for additional clinical experience. These can be for a year (or occasionally two), but require careful forward planning and need to fit in with the service needs of the region.

Subject to the formal agreement of the Dean, Specialty surgical registrars (StRs) and Specialist surgical registrars (SpRs) 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.

HEE recognises that trainees may wish to take a period of time Out of Programme (OOP) for one of a number of reasons. These can be categorised as follows:

  1. Time out of programme for approved clinical training in a post which already has prospective approval from the GMC (Out Of Programme Training – OOPT)
  2. Time out of programme for clinical experience in a post which will not count towards the award of a CCT (Out Of Programme Experience – OOPE)
  3. Time out of programme for research (Out Of Programme Research – OOPR )
  4. Time out of programme for career breaks (Out Of Programme Career – OOPC)

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.

OOP Score Sheet

Please see below for the OOP Panel’s scoring sheet. The panel will use the scoring sheet when making a decision on your OOP application.

OOPE Score sheet