The Period of Grace (POG) enables doctors who have completed their training and not yet obtained a consultant post to continue in their specialty post for a time limited period whilst they find employment. Terms and conditions in relation to POG are defined by employers and not by the Gold Guide.
The standard POG is up to six calendar months following date of CCT:
When a doctor takes up their POG:
How does a trainee take up their POG?
The Scotland Deanery has agreed that POG is an ‘opt-in’ process. A trainee’s ‘training contract’, i.e. ownership of NTN, will end at date of CCT unless trainee has requested a POG.
A trainee should contact their TPD at their earliest opportunity to discuss POG, where possible 3-6 months before CCT. When a higher specialty trainee is awarded an outcome 6 at final ARCP, the automated outcome notification email (from Turas) will remind them of their option to take up the POG and ask the trainee to contact their deanery administrator if they wish to take up the POG.
Trainees holding a Tier 2 Visa must also notify the Tier 2 Sponsorship team (Tier2sponsorship@nes.scot.nhs.uk). Sponsorship may require to be extended but this cannot be guaranteed.
When a POG is agreed with the TPD, the trainee should notify their deanery administrator and their employer.