OOPE = out of programme experience. The deanery doesn't count this time as training so it’ll delay the date of your certificate of completion of training (CCT). But you don't need to prove that you'll be receiving 'UK-standard training' and for most global health placements it's the best option.
OOPT = out of programme training. The time counts towards CCT. The deanery and college need to be satisfied that a) you can't get the training within your deanery b) you'll be receiving 'UK-standard training' and c) you'll be satisfying all the normal training requirements throughout i.e. supervision reports, eportfolio assessments. Not an option for most global health placements.
OOPR = out of programme research. A proportion of the time counts towards CCT. Potentially a great option if there's a subject you're passionate about (write-up is a nightmare otherwise!) and you can find both local and destination supervisors you trust to be helpful and available. Contact us for advice about potential supervisors.
There is no right or wrong time; don’t let anyone make you feel you have to do it the same way they did. It depends on the objective(s) and particulars of your placement. However, we recommend at least obtaining MRCPCH before considering clinical global health work (this is in fact a criterion for RCPCH Global Links). Working as registrar and being used to independent decision-making will help you transition into less supported low resource settings.
The deanery meets twice a year to discuss applications for the next 'period' (Sept-Feb/March-Aug). An email is circulated to trainees a few months before the meeting with details about upcoming submission deadlines. Contact the HR team for further information e.g. Kelly Baxter on Kelly.Baxter@hee.nhs.uk or Adele Simpson on Adele.Simpson@hee.nhs.uk. It is important also to inform your educational supervisor.
Here is the link of the document you will need as well as the complementary notes that you must read to understand the process and what is required.
HEENE Out Of Programme Policy (see Appendix for OOP application form)
Be as clear as possible in your application about the reason for applying and how this experience will enhance your learning and development as a paediatrician. Outline SMART objectives for the OOP and how these will be achieved. You also need a named supervisor, placement address and some details of job role on the form. A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring organisation will strengthen your application.
Of course it depends on what you're undertaking during OOP. If the RCPCH generic curriculum is considered, running teaching sessions with local colleagues to ensure sustainability should be considered. This can involve lectures, practical sessions, or simulations in the clinical environment. Most trainees with RCPCH Global Links have also instructed on courses in-country and now have opportunities to instruct internationally. Getting involved with local clinical governance and quality improvement is a useful way of evidencing acute awareness of ‘effects of local, national and international policies on the health of children’, which is a subsection of the generic curriculum. Leadership and managerial skills will be enhanced especially when considering any locally agreed system changes, for example, with organising and chairing meetings to gain consensus. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience of infectious diseases such as malaria and TB which are not seen often in the UK, and other clinical conditions unique to resource poor settings e.g. severe acute malnutrition.
A decision will be emailed approximately two months after the submission deadline.
The deanery is quite supportive if you