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Out of Programme Training

Out of Programme Training (OOPT) is clinical training, taken out of programme that will count towards the CCT provided certain conditions and requirements are met. They are:
  • On commencing OOPT the trainee must be in a PMETB approved training programme having completed the basic and intermediate levels of training in their entirety. This does not preclude setting up and planning OOPT during intermediate level training
  • Only one year in total during the ST years 5, 6 and 7 can be taken as OOPT
  • The OOPT programme must map to competencies identified in the Higher/Advanced CCT programme
  • The OOPT post must be prospectively approved by the PMETB with support from the Postgraduate Dean and College (Several months should be allowed for the approvals process)
  • OOPT may be in appropriate higher or advanced level clinical posts in the UK or overseas
  • 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

Any proposed period of OOPT or Out of Programme Research (OOPR) must be arranged at the earliest opportunity as gaps created within the rotation will need to be filled and if the OOPT is to be spent overseas, the acquisition of visas and the necessary licensing documentation for clinical work may be lengthy and difficult.

It is the responsibility of the trainee to provide all necessary information in their applications to the
Deanery. An application form and checklist can be downloaded from the training pages of the College website.

Some of the places where previous Oxford trainees have undertaken OOPT are listed below. 





Alder Hey Hospital

Birmingham Children's Hospital




Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank