Applying for LTFT Training

Please see below for some helpful tips for managing a successful transfer to LTFT from a full-time training post.

Consider contacting another LTFT for advice if there is one based in your department as they will have been through the process. Your College Tutor should be able to give you the name of the local LTFT advisors at the LETB and School should you require any further information. Some School websites have local information on LTFT training in their area.

Communication is an essential component of a seamless transfer to LTFT.  Start by ensuring your Training Programme Director and Regional Advisor are aware of your request to change to LTFT. Don’t ever assume someone else will have told them!

Complete the application form from your LETB/HE”X”/NES/Deanery, these ae usually on the relevant website.

Confirmation of eligibility for LTFT will come from your LETB.  As you are applying from a substantive post, no interview is required. Once you have confirmation of eligibility, contact your TPD who will identify a potential space –and agree a date with you for transfer to LTFT.  Slot shares at 50-60% or solo in a training post at 70-80% are the most common arrangements in anaesthesia depending on the local training programme and Deanery rules.  

If you are going to a new hospital (LEP _ local education provider) , consider contacting the College Tutor and administrative lead in that department to ensure they are aware of your LTFT status This is also an opportunity to discuss and/or confirm which days you will be working and how the OOH is to be managed.

For slot sharing positions it is valuable to meet with your slot share ‘partner’ in advance of starting LTFT to discuss working arrangements, including maximising training opportunities. To ensure correct payment at the end of the month, HR will need a timetable of your working week to confirm your hours and LTFT banding supplement.

Please don’t forget to inform the Training Directorate at the College of the exact date you changed to LTFT along with the percentage of full-time work you are doing. 

Key
LTFT (Less than full time Training)
LETB (Local Education Training Board)
LEP (Local Education Provider [Trust or Hospital])
HE”X” (Health Education “X” [LETB or Deanery equivalent in some regions])
NES (NHS Education Scotland)
TPD (Training Programme Director)

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