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Junior doctors in training can train on a less than full-time (LTFT) basis in particular circumstances. This group of staff were originally known as flexible trainees however the name was amended to more accurately reflect the type of working commonly undertaken.
Changes to the right to request flexible working
Employers should be aware that changes to the right to request flexible working are being introduced on 30 June 2014. For further information and guidance on these changes please see the ACAS website.
Minimum time requirement for LTFT
Following consultation with key interests in 2012, the GMC's Postgraduate Board reviewed its requirements and concluded that a minimum time requirement for LTFT should be re-established for specialty trainees working towards a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
In effect, trainees will be required to undertake no less than 50 per cent of full-time training. Postgraduate deans will have flexibility to reduce the time requirement further in exceptional cases for the small number of trainees who experience exceptional difficulties, to an absolute minimum of 20 per cent of full-time training, with an expectation that this will be for not more than 12 months. For more information please see the GMC's website.
Pay arrangements for LTFT
A different approach to LTFT was introduced in June 2005. This approach recognised the need to integrate an increasingly important mode of training into mainstream medicine and endeavored to make LTFT more affordable for employers.
It combines better support for LTFT trainees with an equitable pay structure that should make employing LTFT doctors more attractive to employers, and attempt to improve access to less than full-time training.
Pay rates for trainees still on pre-June 2005 arrangements can be found here.