Our response to the pandemic included agreeing with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) some flexibility in requirements for completion, but trainees should ensure that, where possible, they complete as many of the programme learning outcomes as they can (including the learning outcomes connected with the elective if possible).

Whilst the School recognises the elective is beneficial to the training journey, it will not be mandatory to complete all elements in order to exit the programme in 2022.

Trainees completing in 2022

For current final year trainees (completing in 2022), although you may opt not to take the full length of elective specified in the programme, you should as a minimum be able to show evidence of your discussions with your training officer about what would be reasonable and feasible in current circumstances. You should do what you can to address the elective-related competencies and ensure that there is evidence of your reflection on OneFile.

Trainees completing in 2023

For current second year trainees (completing in 2023), who would not normally be planning the elective until the mid-to-late point of their second year, we do not expect elective options to be so restricted in the coming years and so would expect the requirement to complete an elective to be achievable. At present, we would encourage trainees to plan and organise their elective experience as it may be mandatory to complete the programme in 2023. However, the School will continue to monitor the pandemic situation, and we will update our 2023 completion criteria as required if the pandemic situation changes.