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

Trainees who wish to be considered for Less Than Full Time Training should firstly read the guidance document before completing and returning the Less Than Full Time application form to ltft.wx@hee.nhs.uk

Trainees 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 trainee. This will also act as the trainees 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. Trainees 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 trainee 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 trainee 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 trainee. This will also act as the trainees certificate of eligibility throughout their training at the approved change of percentage.

Medical HR Contacts and Resources

Returning to Full Time Training

Trainees should refer to the less than full time guidance document if they are considering returning to full time training.

Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology LTFT Pilot

Health Education England is developing innovative new approaches to postgraduate medical training to improve morale and provide greater flexibility for junior doctors, based on commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan and Interim People Plan to increase the flexibility of postgraduate medical training.

This includes the provision of more opportunities and wider access to less than full time training. A pilot for less than full time training in Emergency Medicine initially went live in 2017, and an evaluation of this pilot reported improvements in trainees work-life balance and improved job satisfaction.

Following this, we are extending this pilot to Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees, based on the same principals.

To apply complete the less than full time application ensuring Category 3 is selected and submit to ltft.wx@hee.nhs.uk.

It is important to note that you must not presume your application will be successful.