You can complete an elective placement. This is an opportunity for you to spend four to six weeks doing something which will expand your knowledge and broaden your experience as a specialist in your field. Completing competencies will help you reflect on your elective experience.
This is a valuable opportunity to increase knowledge, broaden experience in your specialist field, and gain insight into how different services function in a setting of your choice.
Electives offer an opportunity to do something completely different. For example, your elective can help you to:
- Gain hands-on experience that might not otherwise be possible on the STP
- Explore areas of particular interest in depth that are beyond the scope of the STP (e.g. specific scientific, social or economic areas)
It is important that you can apply your elective experiences to your own area of practice. This would include critically reflecting on the elective and developing an action plan as part of your continuing personal and professional development and preparing and delivering a presentation on the elective to colleagues and other healthcare science trainees. This also helps contribute to your professional practice competencies.
Electives can be arranged for any time during specialist training. The elective can consist of a single four to six-week period, or a series of shorter periods, dependent upon availability and other factors that should be discussed with your training officer. It is essential that the timing and content of the elective is discussed with the host institution or department, and that the host department can ensure sufficient resources and locations are available. You need to be aware that you are required to source appropriate funding arrangements for your elective. You must ensure you have considered any permissions that will be required; for example, for travel, honorary contracts or liability insurance. The School has no role in agreeing or supporting the electives.
Read about some previous trainees electives