Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training

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Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training is a scheme whereby eligible trainee doctors and dentists of all grades are able to work on a part time basis when full-time work is impossible or unreasonable rather than having to give up work.

Through this scheme the Wales Deanery aims to manage LTFT training in such a way that it is available to as many eligible trainees as possible and endorses the principles set out in the NHS Employer's guidance document Doctors in Flexible Training: Principles underpinning the new arrangements for flexible training.

Comprehensive information regarding the LTFT training scheme in Wales can be found in the Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training policy.

Aims of the Scheme

• Retain within the workforce doctors/dentists who wish to continue their training on a less than full-time basis.
• Promote career development and work/life balance for doctors/dentists in training within the NHS.
• Ensure continued training in programmes on a time equivalence (pro-rata) basis.
• Maintain a balance between flexible training arrangements, the educational requirements of both full and part-time trainees and the needs of the service.


All trainees are eligible to apply for LTFT training. Those wishing to do so must show that training on a full-time basis would not be practical for them for well-founded individual reasons.

There are 2 eligibility categories for LTFT:

Category 1 Those doctors/dentists in training with:

  • Disability or ill health (this may include on-going medical procedures such as fertility treatment);
  • Responsibility for caring (men and women) for children;
  • Responsibility for caring for ill/disabled partner, relative or other dependant.

Category 2 Those doctors/dentists in training with:

  • Unique opportunities. Trainee is offered a unique opportunity for their own personal/professional development, and this will affect their ability to train full time. For example, training for national/international sporting events, or short term extraordinary responsibility, for example a national committee;
  • Religious commitment. Trainee has a religious commitment which involves training for a particular role which requires a specific amount of time commitment resulting in the need to work less than full time;
  • Non-medical development. Trainee is offered non-medical professional development such as management courses, law courses, fine arts courses, which requires a specific time commitment resulting in the need to work less than full time.

For further details please see the LTFT Training Policy.

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