It is possible to take a break from urgent care clinical practice and pause your training. In all cases, registrars should inform us in writing as soon as they know that they intend to put their training on hold or pause clinical practice. We cannot backdate the start date of your pause in training or cancellation of membership. Send an email to the office TPC (alex@rnzcuc.org.nz), indicating your intentions. Include the date you intend to put training on hold and your planned return to training date.  We will inform MCNZ that you are pausing your urgent care training.

When you wish to return to the training programme, email the TPC asking to return to the programme.  On behalf of the Education Committee (EdC), the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) will review your training programme progress and compliance with the annual requirements at the date you put your training on hold. The DCT will inform you of any activities to be completed either before returning or shortly after recommencing training.

If the DCT considers that your prior progress would meet the criteria for poor performance in the registrar performance policy, or your absence is for more than three years, you may be required to submit a recent certificate of professional status (COPS). The Board of Censors considers your request to recommence membership and return to the programme, and may stipulate additional return-to-training activities. The member bears the cost of activities stipulated by RNZCUC.

If your absence from the programme is for six months or less:

  • We will note that you have paused your training activities.
  • We will inform MCNZ that you have paused training, and for how long.
  • You remain a member of the College.
  • We will continue to provide you with services (website access, urgent care course access, lightbox, ECGWeekly, and UCCIS).
  • Annual targets for clinical hours and peer group hours MAY be adjusted, subject to EdC approval, but note that Fellowship regulations stipulate a training year must contain 400 hours of approved urgent care clinical practice.
  • If you intend to practice outside of urgent care for this period you must be enrolled on another recertification programme or contact MCNZ to arrange registration with InPractice.

If your absence from the programme is for more than six months:

  • You cease your membership of the College.
  • We will inform MCNZ.
  • You cease to use the post-nominal letters MRZNCUC if a senior registrar.
  • We arrange a pro-rata refund of membership fees (unless HWNZ funds were used).
  • We pause all services (website access, urgent care course access, lightbox and ECGWeekly, UCCIS).
  • You must contact MCNZ to arrange registration with InPractice.
  • On your return, we set new annual CPD targets taking your absence into consideration.

if you do not provide a return date, we will assume it is for more than six months.

Note:

While taking a break from training, any clinical time that would have otherwise be approved for clinical hours in urgent care may NOT be recorded for CPD or annual requirement purposes unless previously agreed with the DCT.  Courses that fulfil the Fellowship criteria may be allowed to be used, though prior approval should be sought from the DCT.

The registrar bears the cost of any CPD or return-to-work programme. The use of HWNZ funds will not be permitted for a return-to-work programme unless those activities are part of the training programme and not previously completed by the registrar.

When away from the programme may not be eligible to HWNZ funding. HWNZ eligibility criteria include completing the training programme within four years. An allowance of up to 2 years away from the programme extends completion time to 6 years from start of training.

The pro-rated refund (if applicable) is calculated from the latest of either the date of when we are informed or the start of the pause, through to the end of the membership year. If you pause for six months or less, then inform us that you wish to extend this pause beyond six months, we use the date that you informed us of the new circumstances.

The certificate of professional status (COPS) may be requested from MCNZ (verification@mcnz.org.nz).