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.