There are a variety of ways in which a Dean or Training Programme Director can choose to manage vacancies on their programmes and it is up to each local Dean and TPD to decide how they do this. While there may be gaps for a particular year, that gap could exist because someone has taken time out of programme or gone on maternity leave – this may mean they only need to fill a vacancy for the time that trainee is OOP or on leave and does not necessarily create a full time gap on the programme that would allow them to submit a number to the IDT process. Numbers will only be submitted where the whole duration of training can be accommodated from your particular point of entry.

We do ask trainees not to contact training regions precisely to avoid this kind of misunderstanding regarding vacancies.