Important Updates Page

IMPORTANT UPDATES

1.    PHASED EXPANSION OF CATEGORY 3 LTFT TRAINING TO ALL SPECIALTIES
Category 3 LTFT training is available in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and O+G. Trainees may apply at any time and can work at 60, 70 or 80%. Please note that there are likely to be application windows in 2022 to bring this in line with other specialties

There is a role out process to other specialties as in the table below. There is a lead in period. During the year August 2021 to July 2022 (adjusted if September or October start dates) then trainees may work LTFT at 80% for 4 months during this 12 month period. This is by application only and timelines are in the below table.

Specialty

Lead in period to go live

Full Model implementation go live

Higher Physician Specialties

August 2021

August 2022 Rotation

Intensive Care Medicine

August 2021

August 2022 Rotation

Psychiatry

August 2021

August 2022 Rotation

Radiology

August 2021

August 2022 Rotation

Anaesthetics

August 2022

August 2023 Rotation

General Practice

August 2022

August 2023 Rotation

Surgery

August 2022

August 2023 Rotation

Foundation and Core Training

August 2022

August 2023 Rotation

Remaining Specialties

August 2022

August 2023 Rotation


APPLICATION WINDOWS FOR CATEGORY 3 TRAINING (excluding Paeds, EM and O+G)
Closing date for 2012-2022 applications is the 27th April 2021
We are planning to let trainees know if they are successful week of 10th May. Full details have been emailed to those trainees affected in Higher Specialty Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Higher Psychiatry and Higher Radiology.

 

 

2.    LTFT APPLICATION AND CHANGE FORMS (available on download page)
The application form is used for initial application and then the LTFT change from for any change of percentage including returning to fulltime. ALL FORMS MUST BE DOWNLOADED AND SAVED AS ADOBE ACROBAT PDF AND NOT ANY OTHER TYPE. Failure to do this will mean that the form cannot be used in the way it was intended. Only digital signatures should be used and no scanned in handwritten ones as these corrupt the forms. 

For each placement you rotate to you must ensure that the medical staffing department are aware of your LTFT status and complete your work schedule in line with agreement from your educational supervisor.
 

 


3. TRAINEES WORKING ON A TIER 2 VISA
It is important to note that a Trainee working on a Tier 2 visa and meeting the eligibility criteria, may be eligible to work Less Than Full-time on the Tier 2 visa. However, reducing hours will mean a drop in salary and this could affect their eligibility to work on the Tier 2 visa. It is advisable, therefore, to ensure full discussion with the HEE overseas sponsorship team email:  sponsorship@hee.nhs.uk discussing your situation with Dr Helen Goodyear (Associate Postgraduate Dean for LTFT Training) if queries remain.

 

 

4.  INFORMATION FOR GENERAL PRACTICE LTFT TRAINEES 
 
The LTFT Training Specialty Advisor role for GPVTS trainees lies within the remit of the GPVTS Area Directors.

      

 


5. GENERAL MATERNITY GUIDANCE FOR ROTATIONAL JUNIOR DOCTORS IN TRAINING
 
Please note NHS Employers document  

 

 


 
6. JOINT SPECIALTY ADVISORS’ & LEAD TRAINEES’ MEETINGS
Minutes of the last Joint SALT meeting can be found on the Downloads Page
The next meeting will be on Monday 14th June 14.00 to 16.00 and is a virtual meeting via MS team. 

 


 
7. CONTACT DETAILS FOR LTFT TRAINING SPECIALTY ADVISORS, GP AREA DIRECTORS/SPECIALTY ADVISORS AND LEAD TRAINEES CAN BE FOUND IN THE DOWNLOADS SECTION
 
The current lists of LTFT Training Specialty Advisors of Lead Trainees are posted in the LTFT Training Downloads page
 
If your specialty is not represented and you wish to volunteer for this important role, please e-mail Dr Helen Goodyear via  Programmes.wm@hee.nhs.uk
 

 


8. KEEPING IN TOUCH (KIT) DAYS
If you are on maternity leave you are eligible for up to 10 KIT days. KIT days can be used for up-dating life support courses, attending other important courses and assuring    clinical competences are maintained through a variety of practices.

 


 
9. GMC POSITION STATEMENT REGARDING TIME OUT OF TRAINING (MATERNITY LEAVE)
With effect from 1 April 2013, three months maternity leave can no longer be counted towards training. GMC Position Statement can be viewed here.
 

 


10. THE PREGNANCY PACK
All you need to know about pregnancy, maternity leave and returning to work in Health Education England working across the West Midlands.
You will find an updated, very informative and helpful article, written by Dr Emma Plunkett (Anaesthetic SpR - Birmingham School of Anaesthesia) and Dr Kerry Cullis (Consultant Anaesthetist, QE and Birmingham Women’s Hospitals) in LTFT Training Downloads page.