Health information for trainees

  • You must follow the current Health Education Thames Valley (Oxford Deanery) guidance on short and medium-term absence(s) from training, which is available in the Resources section.
  • All trainees are required, on the first day of absence, to follow the local notification processes outlined by their employer / trainer.
  • In addition, all trainees are required to notify their Programme Manager in the Deanery by email if they have time out for any reason. The number of days of absence must be stated in the email.
  • All trainees should log their absence from training and/or work in the relevant section of their record of training (typically in the eportfolio).
  • Trainees are reminded that failure to be honest and declare such absences is considered a breach of probity and could result in disciplinary action, including referral to their regulator (GDC or GMC). Probity issues also impact on medical revalidation.
  • All trainees who are absent from training programmes for three or more months will have their CCT date adjusted. It should be noted that absence in excess of fourteen days per annum may result in an adjustment of projected CCT date.
  • The national rules are different for provisionally registered and fully registered doctors with respect to career progression, and for dental trainees, there is a Deanery position in anticipation of the deliberations by COPDEND:
  • The UK Foundation Programme is both time and outcome based; any F1 trainee who has more than a month off in addition to the allowed annual leave may not be eligible to apply for full registration. The trainee is advised to contact the Foundation School Director promptly if this situation seems likely.
  • The GMC Position Statement of November 2012 applies to all fully registered doctors who take more than fourteen days ‘out’ in any year. These doctors should expect that their provisional CCT date may be adjusted at the next ARCP, depending on competencies gained.
  • Dentists training within Health Education Thames Valley (Oxford Deanery) who take more than fourteen days ‘out’ should also expect a review of their progression towards gaining the necessary competencies as described in dental post-graduate curricula.
  • Medic Support  is a confidential service specifically for doctors and dentists training in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, offering psychotherapy and psychology. It is a small service, funded by Health Education Thames Valley (through the Oxford Deanery). By arrangement it can also offer similar support to qualified doctors and to other staff in training.
  • The BMA has pages on Doctors' well-being and links to national and local sources of help
  • The  Equality and Human Right Commission (EHRC), gives detailed guidance on  the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.