In light of the current and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on training we are offering an opportunity to consider whether a formal, approved interruption to your training, that will then extend your completion date, would assist in your efforts to support the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When a formal interruption is approved, the training budget supplied from HEE will cease during the interruption period and will be added to the end of the programme to reflect the adjusted completion timeline.
We appreciate that, as many HSST trainees work in senior roles and are likely to be called upon to support clinical services or may be redeployed to provide support elsewhere, this may mean there is limited or no time to train. We want to try and support all of our learners as far as possible and to reassure you that the School is working hard with your education providers to ensure that we take account of the impact the pandemic is having on everyone.
We also appreciate that there will be significant variability across the cohorts and different specialist areas and so some trainees may feel that an interruption is not required. We are happy to try and support all trainees to continue to train and complete their programmes as planned where it is safe and possible to do so.
In the context of the current situation, an interruption will be granted if the COVID-19 pandemic will have a significant and prolonged impact on your ability to continue to undertake training activities (defined as 4 weeks or more). The interruption request must be supported by the current training supervisor who will be asked to sign the request off prior to it being considered by the School.
A formal, approved interruption will mean that you are not required to undertake training activities on either the work-based or academic elements of the programme for the period defined/requested. However, if the opportunity arises for you to gather evidence towards your standards of proficiency or academic work then you can continue to do this and access to OneFile and Clarity (for MSF) will be maintained. If only an interruption to the academic programme is required and you feel this does not impact on your expected overall completion date, then this should be requested directly with the University.
You will need to take account of the impact on your training and work with your training supervisor to revise any training plans and to determine what your completion timeline will look like as a result of any approved interruption.
This is an initial step by the School to try and offer support to our learners during a very difficult and challenging time. This process is for the immediate and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on training programmes only and does not supersede any other exceptional circumstances to which the normal process for requesting changes to training should be made via the EEC process.