How do GPSTs on recognised bodies or committees take time off to attend meetings?

If you are elected to represent other GP Specialist Trainees on recognised bodies or to attend the annual conference of representatives of LNCs you will be given facilities including special paid leave, to undertake such functions and to attend appropriate meetings.  You must obtain the consent of NES and your placement Board/ General Practice (clinical supervisor/trainer/educational supervisor) to each absence from duty but consent shall not be withheld unless there are exceptional circumstances in the reasonable opinion of placement Board/ General Practice and NES. You should wherever possible inform NES and your placement Board/ General Practice of any such commitments before you commence your attachment. When agreed such absences shall be considered as included in working time commitment.  If such commitments significantly impact upon your learning an extension to training may be required at the discretion of the Director of Postgraduate GP Education.

Special leave should be requested from your placement board for this. Please ensure you also made the Deanery aware to allow them review the impact on training time. If you are in a general practice placement, please complete and return this form to NES HR by going to and submitting a support request.