Study Leave

Study Leave

The Study Leave and Educational Guidelines can be downloaded from the links below.

We encourage all trainees to make the most of their study leave during the ST1 and ST2 years. Study leave time allowances are good throughout the course, but funding is becoming increasingly scarce and unfortunately there is no funding for study leave during the registrar year.

The Day Release Course consists of 30 days per annum of mandatory study leave, plus a further 2 days for the residential courses.  In addition to this an ST3 is allowed 5 days of personal planned study leave plus 1 day to attend the AKT exam preparation course and 2 days to attend the CSA exam preparation course

Below are our recommendations for study leave. It should be obvious that some courses fit well with particular jobs.  However you are not obliged to take leave relevant to your current job. Study should be relevant to your long term career goals.


  • Basic Life Support / Advanced Life Support (A valid ALS certificate or recent BLS training are essential for continuing practice as a GP – many practices provide annual BLS training)
  • Child Protection

Highly Recommended

  • nMRCGP exam preparation course
  • Minor Surgery
  • Family Planning
  • Psychiatry – Minstead Lodge Course
  • NB Hot Topics (registrar year)


  • Child Health Surveillance
  • Clinic attendances in areas of learning need

Other courses once you’ve done all relevant ones above

Diploma-Related Courses
  • Acupuncture
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Homeless shelter experience
  • Other specialised areas of interest

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