Out of Programme Career Break (OOPC)

Out of programme career break cannot be counted towards your training and will therefore extend your certification date.

Periods of OOPC are undertaken by trainees who need to step out of programme for a reason other than experience, research or training.

Although OOPC posts are not counted towards training, you must let us know that you are taking them so that your certification date can be amended appropriately.

To go on OOPC you will need to:

  • Discuss your intention with your Training Programme Director (TPD) and gain their support
  • Contact your Deanery/LETB and ask what applications you need to make to them to gain their support
  • Send the JCST a fully completed and signed OOP Request Form

An OOPC may affect your ability to maintain a current licence to practise with the GMC.