Less Than Full Time Training

LTFT training allows doctors and dentists to work less than full-time in posts that are fully recognised for training, and have the educational approval of the Postgraduate Deans and the Royal Colleges.


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Health Education England's Statement for LTFT Trainees working as Locum's

LTFT trainees can do locum shifts but it is expected that this will be in the department where they are working and have educational supervision. Trainees must follow the Good Medical Practice standards. The expectation is that 1-2 locum shifts per month may be undertaken. If it is more than this then this needs discussion with Dr Helen Goodyear, Associate Dean for LTFT training to discuss working at a higher percentage of fulltime. Trainees are encouraged to discuss any issues re doing locums they are uncertain about with Dr Goodyear. A LTFT trainee should not be doing locum shifts for slots left empty by them working LTFT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   








LTFT Training Pilot in Obsterics & Gynaecology & Paediatrics


Health Education England (HEE) 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.

Following a LTFT pilot in Emergency Medicine, we are writing to inform you that it has been agreed to extend this pilot to Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) trainees, based on the same principles.  The pilot is designed to enhance recruitment, reduce attrition and improve the working lives of higher specialty trainees by offering an opportunity for an improved work-life balance. Further detail can be found in the attached documentation and guidance.

The expansion is supported by the Department of Health and Social Care, HEE, NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, the General Medical Council, the British Medical Association (BMA) Junior Doctors Committee and the Royal Colleges.

When applying for LTFT as part of the pilot you must submit an LTFT training application and select Category 3, the process will be the same as all other categories the form will be received and sent for Associate postgraduate Dean approval and an eligibility letter submitted for 12 months LTFT.  To access the form please follow this link https://www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/support/less-than-full-time-training/ltft-training-downloads to the application form.


Pilot application open date

4 November 2019

Pilot Application close date

4 December 2019

LTFT Training Pilot start Date

4 March 2020

LTFT Training end date

2 March 2021


LTFT Opportunities for O&G

LTFT Opportunities for Paediatrics


Any queries with regards to the LTFT Training pilot please contact Nicola Watts Nicola.Watts@hee.nhs.uk 







 If you have any queries please contact:

All Specialties: LTFT Team 
  Tel: 0121 213 1966
  E-mail: Programmes.WM@hee.nhs.uk 
LTFT Training Associate Postgraduate Dean:
Dr Helen Goodyear

The LTFT Department is based at:

Health Education England Working Across the West Midlands
St Chad's Court
213 Hagley Road
B16 9RG