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 4 National Teaching days per year, the attendance of which is compulsory.


The approved list of Sports and Exercise Medicine courses broadly covers all sub-specialities required for the exams. This is the following list of approved courses;


Mandatory Courses


  • Annual level 3 pre-hospital trauma course
  • SEM Leadership and Management
  • National training days 
  • Local/Regional training days
  • Annual national Conference attendance 
  • Teaching - Clinical supervisor training 
  • A Management course 


Desirable Courses


  • Ultrasound course/diploma 
  • Exam prep courses 
  • Communication skills
  • Exercise Physiology / CPET (Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing) 
  • Teaching – Educational supervisor training





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


Study Leave Approval process


For SEM 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 application 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