Flexible Training Policy
Candidates for advanced training who are not undertaking full time training
To define the limitations for flexibility for candidates undertaking the Advanced Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The advanced training programme involves a course of clinical training and study to the equivalent of three full-time years.
The requirements of this programme can be met by part time work but are to be completed within 72 months (6 years) of the initial registration. The first year of full time equivalent supervised clinical training must be completed within 36 months (3 years) of registration.
NZCSRH recognises that some trainees may need to take a break in training. The maximum time allowed ‘on hold’ is 36 months cumulative total. Applications for a "leave of absence" from training must be made to the Educational Advisory Committee, including the purpose of the break in training. Provided that the training will be completed within the 72 months from registration, pauses of less than 12 months will not unreasonably be declined.
If the trainee is ‘on hold’ for a period of longer than 12 months (cumulative), on return to the programme they may be required to transfer to any new programme rules or to undertake an alternate programme in discussion with NZCSRH.
NZCSRH recognises that on occasion, life circumstances create a barrier to continuing training. Applications for extended breaks in training beyond one year may be made to the Educational Advisory Committee for consideration, including the reason for the request, and if possible, a return to training plan. These will be considered on a case by case basis and prior performance will be included in the Educational Advisory Committee review. If the trainee is ‘on hold’ for a period of longer than a year (cumulative), on return to the programme they may be required to transfer to any new programme rules or to undertake an alternate programme in discussion with the College. This will be assessed by clinical observation by the supervisor including mini-CEX, and programme amendments, such as a Learning Development Plan, made in consultation with the Educational Advisory Committee. Trainees who experience medical events or accidents which impact on their ability to work, will need to be assessed through the Medical Council before return to work, and then amendments to training will be assessed according to the Disability section of the Inclusiveness Policy.
Any dispute in this regard will be referred to the Trust Board according to the Complaints Policy.
Policy Owner: Educational Advisory Committee
Date: June 2020
Review Date: June 2023