Trainee doctors and dentists can apply for funded study leave. The Scotland Deanery operates a national process and system to ensure that all applications for study leave are considered on a fair, equitable, and consistent basis.
Applications must be made via TURASNES Study Leave Policy and Operational Guide
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Trainees are required to maintain a Portfolio of training activity. The detail and content will develop and increase as they progress from basic, through intermediate, to higher training and is a means of recording the information and collecting the documentation required for appraisals and assessments during training.RCoA ePortfolio
Towards the end of the CCT training programme trainees will undergo a final summative assessment and, if a trainee has satisfactorily completed all essential units of training and a sufficient number of WPBAs, will be issued with a RITA G or an ARCP Recommendation for completion of training (Outcome 6) by the Postgraduate Dean.
A Notification of Completion of Training form should then be provided to the trainee via their Programme Director.The Trainee
There are a number of circumstances when a trainee may seek to spend some time out of the specialty training programme to which they have been appointed. All such requests need to be agreed by the Postgraduate Dean, so trainees are advised to discuss their proposals as early as possible.
The purpose of taking time out of a specialty training programme is to support the trainee in:
The last 6 months of the CCT training programme normally should be in the UK. The trainee on his/her return must complete a report on the time spent on OOPT and submit it, together with an assessment report from the local supervisor, to the Deanery and the Medical Secretary of the RCoA Training Committee.
Please read carefully the advice available on the RCoA and NES websites and in the Gold guide. OOPT is at the discretion of the TPD and the Dean. The process is complicated and must be completed and approval obtained a minimum of three months prior to start of OOPT or your application will be rejected by the deanery.
Any trainee can request to train less than full time. The training programme will be delivered on a pro rata basis for those who are eligible and have Deanery support. The terms flexible training and less than full-time training are synonymous and equate to training that is carried out on a part time basis. They will provide confidential advice and information on working flexibly and all flexible options in medicine.
Flexible training is available for doctors who select not to train full-time because of "well-founded individual reasons" and those with eligible child care responsibilities. The proportion of working hours of the training programme is by mutual agreement with the trainee, the Associate Dean, the appropriate Training Programme Director and the Service. NHS Education for Scotland is responsible for education. The Associate Dean responsible for Flexible Training is:
Dr Andrea Caldwell, Associate Dean for Flexible Training
Trainees may be helped to move between Deaneries or within the UK. IDT arrangements apply to both full-time and less than full time (LTFT) trainees. Movement is at the discretion of the Postgraduate Dean and trainees will be expected to show that they have well-founded reasons for wishing to move from their current Deanery.IDT guidance (NES website)