Attend multiple RCPE symposia for a one-off study leave payment of £150

*** Changes to Block Grant Scheme application from August 2023 onwards ****

The RCPE has agreement with NES Scotland Deanery.  All trainee regions SpR or ST3+ in a medical specialty and public health, or an IMT or ACCS at any eligible event in the College’s main symposium programme triggers a one-off payment of £150, which trainees can then redeem from their study leave budget.

That trainee can then attend as many other eligible symposia as they wish during that academic session (September to August) without any further charge. The block grant scheme does not apply to any courses or conferences unless specified.

  • Please check the fees section of the symposia details to see if the block grant fee option is available.

Applying for your Study Leave

When applying for study leave for eligible RCPE symposia, you should apply via NES as you would for other study.  Once NES has granted your leave, use your study leave number to make booking on RCPE events calendar.


  • Book for the symposia you wish to attend via the events calendar
  • From the fee options select ‘Block Grant’ and populate with your study leave number
  • If you are booking for your first meeting of the academic year – please select ‘£150’ and continue to make payment - for any additional bookings select £0 (there will be no further payment requirement for that academic year)
  • Reuse this study leave number for the whole academic session (Sept-Aug) whenever booking RCPE symposia
  • When a new session starts you will need to apply again and supply RCPE with a new I.D. number