Guidance for trainees who wish to train on a Less Than Full Time (LTFT) basis.
The guidelines below are intended to address the specific needs of those doctors in training who wish to train on a LTFT basis. The terms flexible training and less than full-time training are synonymous and equate to training that is carried out on a part time basis. The guidelines apply equally to Dental trainees.
LTFT training is now an integral part of Postgraduate Medical Training in Scotland. LTFT training is organised through the relevant Deanery via the Associate Postgraduate Dean responsible for LTFT training. They will provide confidential advice and information on all available options for working LTFT.
|East Region||Carrie MacEwen||Tel 01382 632595|
|North Region||Joy Miller||Tel 01224 805100|
|South-East Region||Alastair Leckie||Tel 0131 6502824|
|West Region||Andrea Caldwell||Tel 0141 223 1507|
If you are a GP trainee, please use the following contacts for advice / guidance on LTFT:
|East Region||Gordon McLeay||Tel 01382 496213|
|North Region||John Nicol||Tel 01463 255700|
|South-East Region||Heather Peacock||Tel 0131 656 3473|
|West Region||Kenneth Lee||Tel 0141 223 1464|
|If you are a Foundation trainee, please click here for specific information and guidance.|
A new (2017) position statement (pdf) has been issued by the GMC for further clarification on LTFT training and educational requirements.
LTFT training is available for doctors who select not to train full-time because of 'well-founded individual reasons' (European Union Council directive 93/16-/EEC 1993 [pdf]) and those with eligible child care responsibilities (Employment Act 2002 [doc]). It is an important part of NHSScotland's ambition to create family friendly policies and to ensure all members of staff are able to contribute their full potential to the service.
The information contained on this website should be read in conjunction with current guidelines and legislation, ie. Gold Guide, European Union Council Directive 93/16-/EEC 1993, Health Department NHS Circular PCS(DD)2005/7 and the Employment Act 2002.
What is LTFT training?
Out-of-hours experience must fulfil the minimum educational requirements (see individual Royal College curricula) but as more rotas move to shift patterns, detailed job descriptions require detailed local planning. Generally, out-of-hours work should be pro-rata to the out-of-hours requirements for full-time trainees, but this may vary depending on funding and service needs.