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Study Leave in Wessex

Picture of a pen lying on paperFrom April 2018 the funding arrangements for Study Leave were updated as part of Health Education England’s (HEE) initiative ‘Enhancing Junior Doctor Working Lives’.  

The new HEE-managed centralised process will make accessing study leave and study budgets a more transparent, equitable and streamlined process for all trainees.

Study Leave and Covid-19 Guidance

If your approved Study Leave event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic you must endeavour to obtain a refund for any expenses that have been incurred. Event providers (course/conference organisers) should refund event fees in full, credit card or travel insurance companies may also compensate for cancelled travel arrangements and some hotels allow early cancellations. If, despite reasonable attempts you are unable to obtain a refund, any outstanding expenses will be honoured from the Study Leave budget. Please submit your claim to your trust via your usual local process. Evidence that you have made good efforts to secure refunds (emails/letters from event organisers/credit card and travel insurance companies/hotels) must be provided in support of your claim.

If you have any questions about study leave during this period please email


General Guidance on the Study Leave Budget

Study leave budgets (HEE) do cover:

  • Courses/education activities to support trainees to achieve the curriculum
  • Courses to help trainees prepare for postgraduate exams
  • Discretionary courses that add value to trainees individually and support the wider system


Examples of courses that ‘add value’ to the individual trainee are:

  • Quality improvement workshops
  • Leadership/medical management courses
  • Healthcare technology and innovation workshops
  • Presenting at scientific conferences (based in the UK)


Study leave budgets do not cover:

  • Royal College membership and e-portfolio fees
  • Postgraduate exam fees
  • Any statutory or mandatory training required to fulfil your clinical role (this should be provided by your NHS Trust)


Applying for Study Leave in Wessex

  • You should discuss any study leave courses/activities with your Educational Supervisor in advance of your application.
  • All applications for study leave must be made in advance to your employing Trust.
  • Approval for the time off for study leave must be approved by your Rota Coordinator (or equivalent).
  • Applications for study leave should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the study leave event. Retrospective applications will not be processed or paid.
  • You must apply for your study leave using the online ‘Intrepid Leave Manager’ system.
  • Any study leave activity that exceeds £750.00, or any event outside of the UK (international study leave) will need the approval of the Wessex Deanery. Please email with details of the activity, a breakdown of the costs and confirmation of the approval from your Educational Supervisor/Training Programme Director.
  • It is advised that you book the study leave activity once the online approval process has been completed (including Deanery level approval for requests over £750.00 or international study leave). If you pay for an activity before the approval process is complete, and the request is declined, you will not be reimbursed for any costs incurred.
  • You can reclaim any study leave expenses from your employing Trust after you have attended the event, in accordance with their local process. Further guidance about study leave expenses can be found at,
  • Claims must be submitted no later than 3 months after the event, in line with NHS terms and conditions for staff expenses. Any claims received after this deadline will not be paid.


Further guidance is available on the Study Leave Resources page

If you have any questions about study leave, please email


Currently the new process will not apply to trainees in Public Health, GP trainees in their GP placements or Dentistry.


Pink BracketApplications for study leave should be made through the Intrepid Online Leave Manager and trainees should follow the local process in their employing trust for applying for educational approval and time for off for study leave activities.

Users will require a login and password. If you do not have a login and password, or have forgotten it, please email
Note: only verified Wessex trainees will be given a login for this system.



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