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.                                                                                                                                                       



Category 3 LTFT applications 

There is a national rollout of Category 3 (Trainees who choose to train LTFT as a personal choice) LTFT applications from August 2021 for all specialties other than Foundation. In the Midlands this rollout will be managed in two application windows per year. The first application window will be for trainees wanting to start LTFT in winter 2021 or spring 2022 and is as follows:

Monday 30th August 2021 to Friday 24th September 2021 (4 weeks) Applications received outside this window will not be processed.

Full details on this rollout can be found in this presentation, a video of which can be found here.

Please note that trainees in Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Emergency Medicine will follow the current process for applications until the August 2022 rotation (February 2022 to March 2022 window).


Category 3 Less than full time training FAQ







 If you have any queries please contact:

All Specialties: LTFT Team 
  Tel: 0121 695 2280
  E-mail: (Specialty Trainees)
  Email: (Public Health only)
 Emails: (GP Trainees only)
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