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Flexibility in the Medical Training Pathway – COVID-19 Interventions

We are committed to supporting trainees during and post COVID-19, by ensuring mechanisms are in place to support trainee’s wellbeing and educational provision.  As a result, we are providing an enhanced, specific flexibility offer.

Under this offer, we are extending the out of programme pause (OOPP) offer which allows trainees to take a break from training.

Out of Programme Pause (OOPP)

The aim of this offer is to support trainees’ wellbeing in a post COVID-19 environment by providing a break from training and allow the opportunity to gain competencies which may have been missed due to the pandemic. This offer is available immediately and is open to all specialties for applications of one year.

OOPP allows trainees to pause their training in order to work in the NHS or similar patient facing roles in the UK.  The experiences and competences gained will be considered on return to the training programme.


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Trainees should make contact with their local HEE office for further information and how to apply

This work forms parts of HEE’s Medical Education Reform Programme (MERP) which aims to modernise our approach to medical education to support safe, high quality patient care.