The Oxford Deanery aims to promote opportunities for Less-Than-Full-Time Training (LTFTT) for those that are eligible. The main eligibility criteria are the care of dependents (including children), and on grounds of personal ill health. In exceptional circumstances trainees may be able to train LTFTT if they have specific and exceptional opportunities outside medicine e.g. sporting opportunities at a national level.
All requests for flexible training will be treated positively. However, the overall training capacity of a training programme and service commitment will have to be taken into consideration. There is no guarantee that the content of the less than full time training programme (ie post) or employing Trust will be the same as their full time placement, although preferences will be considered. To avoid missing valuable educational opportunities, the trainee is also encouraged to be as flexible about their working pattern as is reasonably practicable.
Trainees will not normally be permitted to engage in any other paid employment whilst undertaking flexible training.
To apply for LTFTT in GP Specialty training trainees should firstly discuss their plans with the programme directors.
Trainees with hopsital rotations still to complete then need to contact the Associated Dean (AD) for LTFTT Dr Anne Edwards for an application form to assess eligibility for flexible training. The completed form is then returned to the Deanery and an appointment is made with the Associate Dean to establish eligibility and to discuss training needs. The eligibility is then confirmed to the trainee in writing and to the Training Programme Director, and options for training less than full-time are discussed. Both slot shares and supernumerary LTFTT posts are subject to funding availability.
Trainees with only time in General Practice remaining apply through the GP Dean.
Associate Dean & Head of Less Than Full Time Training:
Dr Anne Edwards anne.Edwards@thamesvalley.hee.nhs.uk
See the Oxford Deanery Less Than Full Time Training Policy and Guidance for more information: http://www.oxforddeanery.nhs.uk/about_oxford_deanery/medical_and_dental_policies.aspx