Study Leave Update


In order to streamline processes and improve efficiencies, HEE have created a new process using Microsoft Forms for Lead Employer trainees claiming study leave.


Please complete the Application form below:

Study Leave Application Form


Study Leave Guidelines 


Study leave is a total of 30 days and this includes 15 days for attending the West Midlands Regional FRCPath course, the attendance of which is compulsory.

The approved list of histopathology and cytology courses broadly covers all sub-specialities required for the FRCPath exams. Sub-specialist courses are recommended only for Stage D trainees with sub-specialist interests or for trainees who require additional targeted training following unsuccessful attempt at the FRCPath exams (supported by examiners feedback).




Study leave is granted for exam preparation and sitting the exams. Exam fees and travel fees for exams are not remunerated.


Approval and Process


Study leave is only available to meet the competencies of the Royal College of Pathologists, Histopathology curriculum and must have an appropriate PDP objective in the trainee e-Portfolio prior to the study activity.

Study leave forms or any study related queries must be received by Health Education West Midlands at the following email address: within one month of the expense.

For Histopathology Trainees in the West Midlands, Study Leave funding will be agreed on an individual claim evaluation process. ACF's are reminded that funding towards a masters/diploma is included in their training costs to the university and enquiries should be made to their academic supervisors on access to such support.


Travel to a course


Travel to an approved study leave event can be claimed on the study leave form above.  Trainees are reminded not to duplicate travel claims by claiming both from their employer and study leave as this could lead to an investigation by NHS Fraud department.  







Page Last Updated 19th November 2021