Less Than Full Time Training

Information regarding Less Than Full Time training (LTFT), can be found in the guidance document and the General Medical Council Position Statement (Nov 2017)

Applying to Train Less Than Full Time

Doctors in training who wish to be considered for Less Than Full Time Training should firstly read the guidance document. You are not permitted to commence LTFT training until you have had your application approved by HEE (Wessex Local Office). 

For applications under Category 1 or 2 please complete the Less Than Full Time Application Form and submit it to ltft.wx@hee.nhs.uk.

For applications under Category 3 please complete the Wessex LTFT Cat 3 Application Form.

Doctors in training are encouraged to give as much notice as possible in advance of wishing to undertake Less Than Full Time Training, but no later than 16 weeks before the anticipated start date of LTFT Training.

Once received by the LTFT administration team the applications are triaged. If any area of the form is found to be incomplete and/or supporting evidence has not been included with the application it will be automatically rejected. A successfully submitted application will take up to 4 weeks to process.

Any rejected application which is then re-submitted will still be subject to the 16 week notice period which may then cause a delay to the intended start date for LTFT training.

After the Less Than Full Time Training application has made it’s way through our local process and is eligible for approval a letter confirming the approval will be sent to the doctor in training. This will also act as their certificate of eligibility throughout their training at the approved percentage.

How to change Less Than Full Time Training Percentage

Any request to change training percentage must be made by completing and submitting a Change of Percentage form to ltft.wx@hee.nhs.uk for approval. You are not permitted to commence your change of percentage until you have had your application approved by HEE (Wessex Local Office).

Doctors in training are encouraged to give as much notice as possible in advance of wishing to change their LTFT Training percentage, but no later than 16 weeks before the anticipated start date of the change to allow adequate time for the change to be approved and any necessary changes made to the rota.

If for any reason a doctor in training can not give 16 weeks notice then approval will not be given until the Wessex Associate Dean for LTFT has considered the reason and provided consent. The Training Programme Director and Programme Manager will then identify a suitable placement on the programme to accommodate the change which may require the doctor in training to wait until arrangements can be made with Medical HR and rota Co-ordinators.

Once received by the LTFT administration team the applications are triaged. If any area of the form is found to be incomplete it will be automatically rejected. A successfully submitted application will take up to 4 weeks to process.

Any rejected application which is then re-submitted will still be subject to the 16 week notice period which may then cause a delay to the intended start date for LTFT training.

After the Less Than Full Time Training change of percentage application has made it’s way through our local process and is eligible for approval a letter confirming the change will be sent to the doctor in training. This will also act as their certificate of eligibility throughout their training at the approved change of percentage.

Medical HR Contacts and Resources

Returning to Full Time Training

Doctors in training should refer to the less than full time guidance document if they are considering returning to full time training. All requests return to full time training must be made by completing and submitting a Change of Percentage form to ltft.wx@hee.nhs.uk for approval.

You are not permitted to commence full time training until you have had your application approved by HEE (Wessex Local Office).