Guidance for trainees who wish to train on a Less Than Full Time (LTFT) basis. Please see our flier for brief summary info! (PDF)
The guidelines below are intended to address the specific needs of those 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 Training in Scotland. LTFT training is administered and managed through the Deanery. To arrange your initial eligibility meeting, please contact the relevant Associate Postgraduate Dean as listed below who will provide confidential advice and information on all available options for working LTFT.
|East Region||Shilpi Palfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North Region||Joy Milleremail@example.com||Tel 01224 805100|
|South-East Region||Alastair Leckie||Alastair.Leckie@nhs.scot||Tel 0131 6502824|
|West Region||Andrea Caldwellfirstname.lastname@example.org||Tel 0141 223 1507|
If you are a DENTAL trainee, please use the following contact for advice:
|Associate Dean of Postgraduate Dental Education||Contact|
If you are a GP trainee, please contact your TPD whose details can be found on the TPD page.
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 and dentists 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 NHS Scotland'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.
This page was last updated on: 26.07.2021 at 12.46