What is the process for applying for, and returning to OOPP?

Modified on Mon, 04 Oct 2021 at 11:58 AM

If you elect to take a period OOPP you must discuss and agree this with your educational supervisor and training programme director. This agreement is to ensure that going OOPP does not destabilise the educational or service sufficiency of the programme you are in. 

After this, the application can proceed once details of when and where you will be spending the time out of programme have been confirmed. 

The OOPP section of the online OOP form should be completed, together with the OOPP initiation document that sets out your plan for OOPP, your intended scope of practice, indications of possible capabilities you may acquire, plans to return to training and any pertinent indemnity considerations.

You can find the OOPP initiation document below.

Return to Training Process

Trainees should have an initial educational appraisal meeting with their ES to review the experience and any competencies gained during their OOPP.  Trainees may want all, some or none of their competencies gained whilst on OOPP to count toward their training.  A 'Gap Analysis' should be conducted with a judgement on what may have been achieved with respect to both Generic Professional Capabilities and specific curriculum outcomes. This will form the basis of a training plan. 

Once this initial educational appraisal has taken place, the trainee should have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and capabilities as part of their prospectively approved training programme. This would ideally be undertaken in the first three months following return to training, to allow the Trainee and Educational Supervisor to ensure the training plan is appropriate and properly focus learning objectives in advance of the next Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP); 

Should the Trainee and their ES not want to count competences and do not feel an adjustment to the CCT date would be appropriate then there would be no requirement to do so. However, this must be captured in the trainee's e-portfolio. 


At the ARCP, a formal determination of outcome would be made with an adjustment to the CCT in light of demonstration of competencies evidenced following return to training and the Educational Supervisor’s report; this would be in accordance with Gold Guide and GMC guidance.

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