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.


Please see important updates for Category 3 LTFT training 


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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 Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics & Obsterics & Gynaecology

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 the LTFT pilot in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) trainees, we are extending the Emergency Medicine pilot for the fourth year based on the same principles apart from Trainees only needing to apply once and continue LTFT training until a change form is sent to return to full time training.  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 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 a LTFT training application and select Category 3. The process will be the same as for all other categories: the form will be received and sent for Associate Postgraduate Dean’s approval and an eligibility letter submitted to trainees which must be kept and used as evidence of LTFT training for each rotation.  To access and download the form please follow this link https://www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/support/less-than-full-time-training/ltft-training-downloads

All new application forms for the LTFTT pilots can be submitted at any time of the year and the LTFT training continues until trainees submit a form to return to full time training.

Start date should usually coincide with your rotations dates and other start dates will be considered by Dr Goodyear on an individual basis

Opportunities for EM LTFT Project Guidance

Any queries and forms for the LTFT Training pilots are dealt with from HEE Admin team  Nicola Watts Nicola.Watts@hee.nhs.uk or Postgraduate Dean for LTFT training Dr Helen Goodyear Helen.Goodyear@hee.nhs.uk







 If you have any queries please contact:

All Specialties: LTFT Team 
  Tel: 0121 695 2280
  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