Flexible Training Policy
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Trainees enrolled in the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Advanced Training Programme who are not undertaking full time training.
To define the limitations for flexibility for trainees enrolled in the SRH Advanced Training Programme.
The SRH Advanced Training Programme involves a course of clinical training and study to the equivalent of three (3) full-time years.
The requirements of this programme can be met by part-time work. However they need to be completed within 72 months (6 years) of the initial registration. The first year of full-time equivalent supervised clinical training must be completed within 36 months (3 years) of commencement of training.
The New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health (NZCSRH) recognises that some trainees may need to take a break in training. The maximum time allowed “on hold” is 36 months cumulative total.
Applications for a “leave of absence” from training must be made in writing to the Educational Advisory Committee (EAC), including the purpose of the break in training. Provided that the training will be completed within the 72 months from the initial registration, pauses of less than 12 months will not unreasonably be declined.
If the trainee is “on hold” for a period of longer than 12 months (cumulative), on return to the programme they may be required to transfer to any new programme rules or to undertake an alternate programme in discussion with EAC (see below).
NZCSRH recognises that on occasion, life circumstances create a barrier to continuing training. Applications for extended breaks from training beyond 12 months may be made in writing to the EAC for consideration, including the reason for the request, and if possible, a return to training plan. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Prior performance will be included in the EAC review.
If the trainee is “on hold” for a period of longer than 12 months (cumulative), on return to the programme they may be required to transfer to any new programme rules or to undertake an alternate programme in discussion with the EAC. This will be assessed by clinical observation by the supervisor including mini-CEX, and programme amendments, such as a Learning Development Plan which will require prior EAC approval.
Trainees who experience medical events or accidents which impact on their ability to work, will need to be assessed through the Medical Council of New Zealand prior to their return to work. Amendments to training will be assessed according to the Disability section of the NZCSRH Inclusiveness Policy.
Any dispute in this regard will be referred to the NZSRHECT Board according to the Complaints Policy.
Policy Owner: Educational Advisory Committee | Date: May 2022 | Review Date: May 2025