Health Education England (HEE) have introduced changes to the study budget system, moving away from a ‘notional individual annual allocation’ of study budget funding, to one that can be tailored to a doctor’s individual educational needs.
The changes have been made to ensure the system is fairer and more consistent across the country. Doctors in training highlighted their frustration with the process for accessing their study budget. There were inconsistencies with access between specialties and locations, and in many cases doctors in training paid for educational activity themselves.
An animated and written 'guide for trainees accessing centralised study budgets' have been produced:
The above film is also available with subtitles.
Accessing centralised study budgets – a guide for trainees
Public health, dental and practice based GP trainees are outside the scope of the new arrangement.
The changes were developed through consultation with trainees, their representative bodies, medical Royal Colleges, Specialty Advisory Committees and Faculties.
This forms part of HEE’s programme of work to improve and enhance the working lives of doctors in training by making sure they have access to a supportive, high quality learning environment for all doctors in training, regardless of their personal circumstances.