Trainees requesting an IDT while pregnant, on maternity leave or out of programme (OOP) must apply during the transfer window which will allocate vacancies with start dates closest to their return to work.

Prospective training regions are not obliged to continue OOP arrangements that have been agreed between trainees and other training regions and the National IDT process is unable to hold vacancies open for trainees who are not able to fill them until a future date.

This is because vacancies available through the transfer process are limited and it is intended that these will be allocated to those trainees who need immediate support in transferring to a different geographical region.