Less Than Full Time Training (LTFT)

INTRODUCTION:

Health Education England (HEE) is committed to increasing flexibility in postgraduate medical training. As a part of HEE’s work to Enhance Junior Doctors Working Lives several initiatives have been developed with partners to increase flexibility within Post Graduate Medical Education. Feedback from trainees indicate that many trainees would appreciate the opportunity to pursue a more flexible approach to their training. Hence why HEE East of England (EOE) has a strong commitment to helping all doctors reach their full potential and to helping those with child-caring or other responsibilities or health problems, to continue training.

HEE fully endorses the principles set out in the Gold Guide.

Any trainee in a substantive HEE approved post can apply for less than full time training (LTFT) if they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the FAQs below. If deemed eligible, LTFT arrangements will be accommodated as soon as practically possible.

Important note: Please be reminded you are not permitted to commence training less than full time until you are in receipt of your fully approved Form 1 LTFT application.

Please watch an animation on YouTube video which provides a trainees with a clear understanding around LTFT process:

 

 

CATEGORIES AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:

Trainees may apply for LTFT under the following categories:

Category 1:

  • Responsibility for caring for children. No supporting documentation required.
  • Health related reasons. Requires evidence from GP or Occupational Health.
  • Direct carer for ill/disabled partner, relative or dependent. Requires evidence from GP or Occupational Health.

Category 2 (Ensuring you submit any relevant evidence if required):

  • Unique opportunity for Professional development.
  • Short term extraordinary responsibility.
  • Religious commitments.
  • Other.

Category 3 (No supporting evidence required):

  • Trainees who choose to train LTFT as a personal choice.
  • Trainees on these programmes can apply for LTFT as a personal choice and are not required to meet either category 1 or category 2 criteria

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Please Note: 

Category 1 applicants have priority and HEE will support all category 1 applicants on the grounds of their health, disability or caring responsibilities, subject to available funds and training capacity. 

Category 2 applicants are dependent on individual circumstances and the availability of suitable training placements.

Category 3 applicants can apply for LTFT as a personal choice and are not required to meet either category 1 or category 2 criteria.

All trainees other than those in Foundation can apply to train LTFT for category 3. This is fixed at 80% FTE. The standard period is 4 months, however, provided there is agreement between the trainee, employer and HEE Local Office the short term LTFT offer can be extended, and this may be appropriate to align with rotation dates. Although, trusts may permit 6 months. 

Trainee can access the latest and most updated information about Category 3 from the national webpage for LTFT Category 3 and Pilot Extension.

TIER 2 SPONSORSHIP:

If you are on a Tier 2 Visa please make sure you read the guidance carefully before applying. A full list of FAQs can be found here.

 

Important note:

  • Please be reminded you are not permitted to commence training less than full time until you are in receipt of your fully approved Form 1 LTFT application.
  • Trainees will be informed of the LTFT Associate Dean decision by email, usually within two weeks of submitting their application form, providing no information or required evidence is missing.
  • Where an application is refused by HEE the applicant has a right of appeal. The training capacity of a training programme and service commitment will have to be taken into consideration.

*12 weeks’ notice must be provided (that means the application has to be approved 12 weeks before the start date). Please note it can take up to 28 working days to process your application, so please do not delay submitting your LTFT application form

 

THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING LTFT:

 

Please click the following link for guidance on how to apply here

 

APPLICATIONS:

 

Our fully electronic LTFT application form is available for you to use at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you save the form locally and open as a PDF with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader before completing. Do not begin completing the form if it has opened as a webpage or in PDF Previewer, as this will disable the electronic signature fields and deem the form invalid. Please see a link to download Adobe Reeder Instructions for setting up a digital ID and additional assistance for Mac users are also available at the bottom of this page. As an organisation we are moving towards going paperless and appreciate your assistance with this. Please ensure you carefully read the instructions on page 1 of the LTFT application form prior to completion.

NHS Terms and Conditions handbook: https://www.nhsemployers.org/employershandbook/tchandbook/afc_tc_of_service_handbook_fb.pdf

 

 

 

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