Enhancing Training and the Support for Learners set out HEEs commitment to increase flexibility within medical training, specifically in terms of allowing doctors to step in and out of formal training programmes. Key to this is the ability to recognise competence gained outside of a prospectively approved training programme.

Out of Programme Pause is the first initiative to test this recognition and assessment of competence, and aligned to the independent evaluation of OOPP, HEE will explore how this concept can be extended to other groups of doctors.