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Less-than full-time training guidance update

FY2 Adele Flowerdew in the emergency department of North Manchester General Hospital. Full consent. manc190915

BMA training guidance has been updated in recognition of rising demand from juniors doctors to work less-than full time.

Last year, 11.3 per cent of the UK junior doctor workforce was in LTFT (less-than full-time) training, compared to just 8 per cent in 2012.

BMA resources have been updated in light of this and they include case studies from LTFT trainees.

Helen, a specialty trainee 5 in old age and general psychiatry, first took on LTFT training following her return from maternity leave, and found the transition process to be straightforward.

She says: ‘Overall I would thoroughly recommend working LTFT if you have a good reason to, I am on maternity leave again currently but plan to work LTFT until my children are at school.

‘It is possible to stay in a post longer than the usual six or 12 months and I think I will do this as it means you can get as much experience from a post as a full-time trainee can.

‘Working LTFT hasn’t lessened my drive to reach a consultant grade, but I have had to learn to be more patient.’

  • More than 80 per cent of LTFT trainees are women
  • 2.5 per cent take up LTFT training owing to a disability
  • The majority of LTFT trainees work between 21 and 30 hours per week.

Although all doctors in training are able to apply for LTFT training, priority is given to those with illness or disability and those that have to care for children or someone who is ill or disabled.

Consideration is also given to those seeking to undertake medical or non-medical professional development and religious commitments.

Read the BMA guidance