GPST Study Leave

Study Leave Process

The general practice study leave budget is for the education of GP specialty trainees.  The education budget is limited and it is public money. The Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education has responsibility for ensuring efficient spending.  Study leave is not a right and cannot be absolutely guaranteed.  Study leave must be applied for in advance and forms approved in accordance with the Study Leave Policy.

There is a single study leave process applicable across all specialties including GP - see flow chart below.

Study Leave Process


Study leave application forms and expenses claim forms (EDUC) can be downloaded here

excel icon Study Leave Application Form
word icon GPST Expenses Claim (EDUC) form

Who to email an application form to

The study leave process asks you to email your Training Programme Director or their administrator. Some TPDs would prefer trainees to email themselves directly rather than an administrator. The following document lists the TPDs and who to email for purposes of study leave..

bullet point TPDs - who to email with study leave


If you have a question with regards to any part of the study leave process, please consult the following FAQ document where all the most common questions are answered –

Study Leave FAQs

Full Guidelines and Principles

The full study leave guidelines and principles and also the EDUC form guidelines can be downloaded as follows-

bullet point Study Leave Guidelines and Principles

bullet point EDUC form guidelines

Life Support Courses Policy

The policy for approval of funding for Life Support Courses can be downloaded as follows; this policy came into effect from 1st April 2012-

bullet point  Life Support Courses Funding Policy

Travel to GP Teaching

You can claim travel expenses to GP Teaching by completing an EDUC form and emailing it to  Please note you can only claim mileage from your normal place of work rather than your home 

Contact details

Please address any Study Leave enquiries or electronic forms to