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We are Maddy Fogarty-Hover and Ruth-Anna Macqueen, between us we have seven children and 15 years’ experience of LTFT (less-than-full-time) working. Maddy is currently an ST3 in paeds in Yorkshire, and Ruth-Anna is an ST5 in obs and gynae in London.
We are incredibly honoured to be taking over from Lauren Robson as co-chairs of the newly-formed BMA LTFT forum, which aims to ensure a LTFT viewpoint is kept at the centre of all decisions made by the JDC, and provides a voice for the 10 per cent of trainees currently training in this way as well as those considering doing so in the future.
We will be working towards rectifying some of the problems under the 2016 contract by feeding into ongoing talks about how to improve the contract and ensuring that the needs of LTFT trainees are considered with every decision that is made. To do this, we ask for your help.
We need you to tell us, and your regional LTFT representatives, about parts of the contract that are working for you, and parts that are not, so that we can lobby for appropriate change.
Outside the contract there are many ways in which LTFT doctors' training and working lives can be significantly improved. You have told us you are concerned about the cost of training, which is disproportionately higher for LTFT trainees; about differential access to study leave and budgets.
We are also seeing a picture of wide variation across the UK in the treatment of trainees when it comes to the issues of maternity leave, return to work, job shares, flexibility around working hours, access to training opportunities, and consideration of special circumstances. We want to make things clearer for trusts and trainees, and fairer overall.
The LTFT forum has been working closely with JDC to ensure the voice of LTFT trainees is heard loud and clear throughout proposals to improve non-contractual working elements for all trainees.
Again, this is where we need you. We want LTFT trainees to engage with their local BMA reps and committees. We need your voice, we need your experiences. On issues like rostering, for example, we need you to share examples of good and poor practice so that we can inform the guidance from a LTFT perspective.
Also, the BMA has launched a survey to help us understand better a range of issues that affect LTFT trainees. It covers areas like your motivation for career breaks, your choice of specialty, and what influences doctors’ decisions to work in the NHS once trained.
This survey will shape our agenda and inform our negotiating position. Please do complete it, and share it widely with your LTFT colleagues.
We are your representatives. Whatever your reasons for training LTFT - and we believe that LTFT training should be available to all - please do contact us using the email below (or your regional rep) and help us to represent you, to make a career in medicine better for all LTFT trainees.
We want to thank the outgoing forum, and especially Lauren for the huge amount of hard work that has gone into setting up the forum and putting LTFT issues at the heart of the BMA. We look forward to working with members to improve life for those training LTFT or who may wish to do so in the future.
Maddy Fogarty-Hover and Ruth-Anna Macqueen are co-chairs of the BMA LTFT forum
Contact the LTFT forum chairs: [email protected]
Why only reference the new grade system when asking about career breaks? You really should know that LTFT trainees may have been around longer than that!
I've been LTFT for 9months now and boy has it been a challenge! Good to know we have a voice too!
Hi folks. Are you please able to advice regarding maternity pay, especially for trainees who are or have been out of programme? Thanks
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