There are options available to accommodate changes in your personal circumstances and provide support for your training progression and wellbeing:
Leave During Training
You can take leave while working in accredited training placements - up to five weeks, in every 13-week In-Training Assessment period or, up to 10 weeks in a 12-month training year. It includes annual, personal, compassionate, parental, study, examination, conference and carer’s leave.
You may choose to reduce your training hours to part-time (pro-rata) - at a minimum of 0.5 FTE – have a discussion with your DEMT about this and keep in mind placement duration requirements and accreditation site limits.
Interruption to Training
You can take an ‘interruption to training’ for up to 156 weeks (three years) in the course of your FACEM training - up to 52 weeks’ of ‘interruption to training’ are approved at one time.
You remain a FACEM trainee and can:
- continue working in an accredited training placement, at < 0.5FTE – this placement is not counted towards your training requirements; or
- work in an unaccredited placement, as a locum; or
- work in a placement that is going towards ‘surplus training’; or
- be spending time doing something else, such as research or other education, taking parental leave; or
- take extra leave because of an illness or injury.
The College has an Interruption to Training Policy, which offers an avenue outside of the special consideration process to support the wellbeing of trainees.
If you need to take parental leave during your training term and are concerned about including this period as part of your training, Trainee Support will be able to assist you with this process.
The College has a Parental Leave policy that provides for extensions to training due dates if required.
Parental leave falls under ‘interruption to training’. If you have taken ‘interruption to training’ of more than two years, and this includes a period of parental leave, then your FACEM training completion date will be extended by the period of parental leave that has exceeded the two-year maximum period.