Juniors absent for 14 days in a year may need training extension

Authors: Helen Jaques 

Publication date:  03 Jan 2013


Junior doctors who have been absent from work for a total of 14 days or more in a 12 month period may have to extend their time in training, the General Medical Council has said.

In a position statement on time spent out of training, the GMC has said that trainees who are absent because of sickness or maternity or compassionate leave might need to have the date of their certificate of completion of training (CCT) extended.

Absence from training, other than for study or annual leave, could affect whether doctors are able to meet the competences and pass the assessments needed to be awarded a CCT in their specialty, the GMC has said.

The various specialties and deaneries treat absence in different ways, so fairness needs to be ensured, while recognising the different indicative lengths of each curriculum, the GMC said.

From April 2013 trainees who have been absent for 14 days or more during a year will be subject to assessment at their annual review of competence progression (ARCP). This assessment will determine whether they would be able to meet all the competency requirements in their specialty curriculum.

The deanery will assess the timing, history, and nature of the absence, the nature of the training that has been missed, and the trainee’s performance and assessment. The deanery will then consider whether any shortcomings could be met through targeted training or whether training needed to be extended.

Helen Jaques news reporter BMJ Careers

 hjaques@bmj.com

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