What do I do?
Health Education England
1 Mere Way
Ruddington Fields Business Park
Ruddington NG11 6JS
Tel. 0115 823 3385/ 0115 823 3380
Why do I need to contact the LETB?
LTFT training is part funded through the LETB and determined by the EU Directive as explained under eligibility. The Associate Dean is responsible for assessing your eligibility and will review your application form and contact you to discuss any issues, if required.
How do I obtain a Training Post?
Exactly the same way as a full timer, you apply in open competition for advertised training posts at a suitable grade for your experience. If applying through Pathway or an alternative national recruitment system, you are obliged to indicate your wish to train LTFT. You should have alerted the LETB and filled in an application form before the interview.
If you are already in a training post full time, and wish to train at less than full time within that post, you will not have to re-apply for training, but commence LTFT negotiations with your local LETB (as above), your Educational Supervisors of your training, and the relevant Trust.
How long does it take?
The process could take 3 months, because of negotiations, approvals and consultations that have to be arranged. It is therefore in your interest to contact the relevant LETB as soon as possible.
Is LTFT Training always available?
Training may only be offered if there are trainers and training experience available and the employing Trust agrees. There are sometimes difficulties with funding which may delay the commencement of a LTFT training post, particularly at points of re-entry into training.
We may ask you to co-operate with a slot-sharing arrangement. A trainee could be funded under supernumerary, part time in established post (reduced hours) or slot share arrangement (or even all 3 at different points in their training).
Who is Eligible for LTFT Training?
Those wishing to apply for less than full-time training must show that training on a full-time basis would not be practical for them for well-founded individual reasons. Health Education East Midlands support:
Category 1 Doctors in training with:
(those who have health reasons will be required to attend an appointment with the LETB Occupational Health before being eligible for the Scheme)
Category 2 Doctors in training with:
The scheme is open to those who have a training grade post.
Are there any other ways of working part-time?
If you are not eligible for LTFT training, you may consider finding a job-share partner with whom to apply for a full time post, but there would be no additional funds available and you would have to share the salary as well as the training. The LETB has no job-share scheme.
How is LTFT Training Paid?
For details please see TBC.
How is LTFT Training Funded?
For supernumerary posts, this is composed of a contribution from the LETB, which is governed nationally, and directly reflects the percentage at which you are working i.e. 0.5 to 0.8. Trusts have to meet the banding supplement costs which are seen as service elements, but finding the money can prove difficult and delay the onset of LTFT. Supernumerary posts are now exceptional and generally short-term.
The LETB is working with the Trusts to facilitate, where possible, a slot share arrangement whereby usually two flexible trainees can fill a full time post using the existing funding.
There are some situations where there are an excess number of trainees where the funding for a full time post is utilised for the LTFT trainee and no replacement for the lost service. Locally we designate this as part time in established post (PTEP), also known as reduced hours, and there are fewer funding implications, but the Trust has to be prepared to sustain the service loss/locum cost.
Please go to: www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/page.php?id=789 for further information.
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