LTFT

SWHST LTFT Guidance

Study Leave

LTFT trainees usually have study leave pro rata, ie a trainee working 50% of full-time will have approximately half the study leave entitlement of the full-timer. Thus the LTFT trainee will take less study leave per year, but for more years. Thus the total study leave taken over an equivalent part of training will be the same. The study leave may fluctuate from year to year according to need. As an example, attending half a course is of no benefit. If the total study leave required to attend a course exceeds the year’s entitlement, this can be decreased in other years as compensation.

Annual Leave

The number of weeks of annual leave is the same for full-time and LTFT trainees, remembering that the latter’s working week is shorter than full-timers. For example, the total year’s entitlement for a flexible trainee working 60% (24 standard hours or 6 half-days per week) and 5 weeks annual leave per year is 30 half-days or 15 full days per year.


We welcome the recently published landmark report from the Royal College of Surgeons to understand tackle inequalities in surgery. This has huge implications for all our trainees and includes sections pertinent to women in surgery, LGBTQ+ and LTFT for any reason amongst a host of others. It is most definitely worth reading, please follow the link for full coverage

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JCST Guidance on the management of surgical trainees returning to clinical training after extended leave

RCOG Guidelines: Pregnancy in COVID

HEE return to work

Return to Practice Guidance


Supported return to training

For trainees in non-patient facing roles and remote working there is a virtual support group hosted by the SW SuppoRTT team via Zoom, for doctors who are shielding as a result of the pandemic. Weekly meetings are intended to develop a peer support network amongst doctors cross speciality in shared circumstances across the Severn and Peninsula Deaneries.


We are keen to receive examples of both good and bad practice with the ultimate aim of improving the experience of colleagues who, at any stage in their career, take a break from work.

Please email beccagriggs@hotmail.com with your experiences, short or long, good or bad. Request for anonymity will be respected. These reports will be fed back to TPD.