Out of Programme Training/Research/ASTOs/TSCs
Consideration of Applications
Any time out of programme which is to be counted towards your CCT must be recognised by the College and be approved prospectively by the GMC as well as your Postgraduate Dean. Therefore it is important that you submit your application to the College for recognition in good time. Applications will be considered by members of the Training Committee within six weeks of receipt. If appropriate, the Chairman of the Training Committee will write a letter of recommendation for approval. This will be copied to the Postgraduate Dean for submission to the GMC for their final approval.
Trainees wishing to have time counted towards their CCT must complete an application form which can be obtained from the Education and Training Department. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that as of 1 April 2008 there will be an administrative fee for non-members for the consideration of all applications for Out Of Programme Experience (TSCs, Fellowships, OOPT, OOPR) of £75+VAT.
The College is in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of TSC opportunities that have continuous recognition. In the mean time, trainees wishing to undertake a TSC out of programme and count this time toward CCT should apply for individual recognition as described above.
Trainee Selected Components (TSCs)
TSC guidance for OST
Out of Programme Research (OOPR)
A period of up to six months in research may also be recognised towards the CCT. Prospective recognition must be sought from the Training Committee and the period must be approved by the GMC. The application to the Training Committee for recognition of a research period towards the CCT must be accompanied by a research protocol and a timetable, as well as written evidence of support from the Chairman of the DSTC and/or the Programme Director. A brief report is required by the Training Committee on completion of the research period.
Advance Sub-specialty Training Opportunities (ASTOs)
ASTO guidance for HST
The Ophthalmic Trainees Group (OTG) has compiled a database (last updated May 2011) of ASTOs/Fellowships already undertaken. The purpose of this is to enable trainees considering doing the same post to contact the previous post holder to ask them about their experiences. (Please note this is not the list of College approved TSCs).