The Hospital Department offers advice and support to doctors in training and School Boards on all matters relating to Specialty Training. The following sections provide guidance – for a list of our Trainee Policies and Guidance visit our Trainee Policies / Guidance page:
Time Out of Programme
All periods of OOP must have prospective approval from the GMC, the College and the Deanery. This is essential if any of the time spent OOP is to count towards the award of CCT.
If the proposed OOP is approved by the Training Programme Director and/ or Head of School, the trainee should then proceed with an application. If the proposed OOP is NOT deemed appropriate by either the TPD or Head of School, the application should be referred directly to the Postgraduate Dean for reconsideration.
The Deanery recommends that applications are submitted at least 6 months prior to the date of the planned OOP to ensure sufficient time is available to obtain prospective approval for OOP and to enable 3 months notice to be given to the employer.
For further guidance and information on applying please see the following links
If you are a trainee in the School of Medicine download the .
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – CHANGES TO THE NHS PENSION SCHEME
If you are planning on going out of programme, you are strongly advised to contact your current employing Trust and/or NHS Pensions to discuss how this may impact on your individual circumstances.
Inter Deanery Transfers
In order to provide a consistent, transparent and robust process for all trainees, the National IDT team will make all decisions on eligibility and allocations in accordance with the published guidelines and criteria. You can read these guidelines and criteria as well as find out much more about the process by visiting the National IDT webpages, which have been migrated to a new home on HEE’s specialty training website here: specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/inter-deanery-transfers/
You can also contact the National IDT team directly with any queries you may have by emailing IDTinfo@southlondon.hee.nhs.uk
As part of the application process, all trainees will be required to submit a ‘Deanery Document’. This form can be found on the National IDT website above and should be sent to your current region’s administrative team for completion. To find out exactly who this should be sent to, please read the ‘Directory for regional IDT contacts’, also found on the website above.
Acting up as a consultant
NIMDTA are supportive of this valuable developmental opportunity for the following reasons:
- The clinical aspects of the job will provide insight into the role of the consultant: supervising the admissions take, leading ward rounds and multidisciplinary teams, and running clinics.
- Trainees get a chance to experience and appreciate the often large non-clinical side of the consultant role, such as participation in departmental, directorate, and committee meetings; engaging with management teams; report writing; and service improvement planning.
- Acting up allows trainees to understand the idea of working as independent practitioners by leading a team and being responsible for their own time and decision making.
- Trainees gain a better understanding of consultant job planning and of what to look for in a job plan when applying for a substantive post.
- The experience will help trainees to cultivate certain skills, such as learning how to maintain an approachable disposition but to balance it with the necessary authority.
- Acting up provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into how to negotiate professional relationships with medical colleagues, nurses, and allied health professionals.
- Being able to draw on the experience of acting up will be useful when completing applications for consultant posts, when asking for references, in the interview process, and during the early stages of a career as a consultant.
Trainees who are in their final year of training are eligible to ‘Act Up’ as consultants for one single fixed period of time, up to a maximum period of three calendar months. This also applies to Less than Full Time (LTFT) trainees and is also on fixed-term basis and not pro-rata. The period of ‘acting up’ cannot extend past the date of CCT.
Time spent acting up may be recognised towards a training programme leading to the award of a CCT. Recognition of the period of ‘Acting Up’ is subject to conditions set by the Royal Colleges and these conditions vary from College to College. For further details about the process of obtaining educational approval trainees should contact the appropriate College or Joint Committee directly. If the relevant Royal College or Faculty agrees that this type of post is part of the approved specialty curriculum, additional prospective GMC approval is not required. (Gold Guide V6 Para 6.105) .
For more information, trainees should download the full guidance and application form.