Flexible Training and Working

Less Than Full Time Training (LTFT) is available to all trainees with caring responsibilities and should be offered where practicable within local constraints. LTFT is based on working less than 40 hours/ week and usually involves working between 50% and 80% of a full-time rota. This can either be on your own in a full time slot or as part of a job-share. Job sharing can work well as it means both trainees work together at some point duringthe week and can facilitate effective hand overs. Find whatever schedule works for you and don’t be afraid to change your mind.

It is important to start planning early. If you wish to be considered for LTFT training then the first place to start is an open discussion with your TPD. Applications usually need to be submitted a minimum of three months in advance of the planned date so will need to submitted while on maternity leave, unless arrangements are made before leave commences.

There are a variety of considerations and the resources below can help infrom your decision. 

  • Longer training:
    • More time to fit having other children in training.
    • Increased exposure useful if low confidence post baby.
  • Can adjust CCT date a little.
  • Allows time with kids and once they are at school to run errands to allow family time at the weekend.
  • Cultivate non-medical friendships.
  • Easier attendance at nursery or school events and drop off/pick-up.
  • Longer training:
    • Few hours means less pay
    • More expensive as more years paying fees and not all fees adjusted for LTFT.
  • May miss opportunities.
  • May take longer to form team relationships.
  • Less patient continuity.
  • Tempation to work on ‘off’ days:
    • still receive calls and emails.
    • research or admin tasks can spill over.
  • Perceptions of colleagues:
    • A day looking after kids viewed as a day off!
    • Having to fill gaps in rota
  • More commitment and organisation.
  • Potentially difficult negotiations with colleagues or jobshare.
  • Misunderstanding of prorata requirements.
  • Six monthly discussions over rota and pay if rotating.

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