Advantages & Disadvantages of LTFT Training
- Reduced hours of work. This can enable doctors and dentists to continue their training in circumstances where full-time training would have placed undue pressure on them resulting in resignation from work or moving into non-training posts with limited opportunities.
- LTFT training placements may provide fixed weekly sessions and on-call allowing easy forward planning.
- A major advantage is that studies of both hospital doctors and General Practitioners show that part-timers are happier and more enthusiastic than their full-time colleagues.
- Can return to full-time training at any stage providing sufficient notice is given before all the full-time posts are filled
- LTFT trainees work fewer hours than full-timers and therefore receive a lower wage.
- It can be difficult for LTFT trainees to balance the pressures between a career and other responsibilities.
- Arranging LTFT placements can demand time and effort from programme directors and all those concerned.
- It takes longer, eg for a LTFT trainee working 60% then the trainee will need to work 10 months to achieve a 6 month full-time equivalent.