|"I was extremely reticent to apply for LTFT as I thought professionally it might reflect poorly on me. In reality I have met with overwhelming support from both other registrars and also my consultants." - Laura Blackburn, ST3 Gastroenterology trainee.|
Our Programme Director for LTFT, Dr Francesca Crawley, has been working hard to allocate specific LTFT mentors in each school/specialty.
We thought it would be helpful to identify a dedicated LTFT consultant mentor and trainee mentor for each school/specialty.
The purpose of these roles is to provide advice and support to trainees looking to apply or already working LTFT.
Please find the below contact details for the Consultant and Trainee LTFT Mentor for your school/specialty.
Please feel free to contact them for advice relating to LTFT training.
As well as this please feel free to direct any queries relating to the LTFT application process to our generic inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Maria Leiter
❝My name is Sarah Leiter and I’m currently an FY1 at Addenbrookes. I have been training less-than-full-time since the starting work. Alongside being a doctor, I am an athlete representing Great Britain at the Paralympic Sport of goalball. I currently work 70% to give me time for training and to attend international competitions. To negotiate a complex rota, you have to be pro-active and prepared to negotiate at times but my experience has been positive so far.❞
Dr Danielle Nicole Edie Smith
Claudia Del Vecchio
GPST1, Luton Scheme
I would recommend this type of training to everyone.
The reason to change to LTFT was post maternity leave . I am ST3 level in my GP training . I have 2 children - 5 years and 10 months old . It was very easy process to apply for LTFT training and it has given me good work and family life balance with regards to managing my children.
I would definitely recommend it to other fellow trainees.
Due to it's size the School of Ophthalmology has not specifically appointed an LTFT Consultant Lead. For all queries and support, please contact:
Narman Puvanachandra, Training Programme Director (TPD) for Ophthalmology
Elena Novitskaya ST7 Ophthalmology trainee
Due to it's size the School of Pathology has not specifically appointed an LTFT Lead. For all queries and support, please contact:
Jumoke Sule, Training Programme Director (TPD) for Medical Microbiology
Adrian Park, Training Programme Director (TPD) for Chemical Pathology
Hongi Zhang, Training Programme Director (TPD) for Virology
Alternatively, please contact the LTFT team at Health Education England (HEE) east of England (EoE) who will be happy to answer any queries you may have:
I worked as a LTFT Training for 8 years and would have left medicine otherwise. It enabled me to continue my surgical training and take my FRCS exams whilst caring for 2 children and living apart from my husband who was a locum consultant in another city. When I started I was the only trainee working LTFT Ttraining in my speciality, there have since been 6 others and it is now a well established pathway in the region I trained in. I’m keen to encourage trainees who might benefit from working LTFT Training to continue to work whilst maintaining their caring responsibilities.
Training LTFT in the east of England has made a considerable difference to me personally by improving my work / life balance. I love the fact that I can work hard and enjoy my job at the beginning of the week but I can also have days away from work each week to spend precious time with my children.