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Flexible Training and Working

At various points throughout your career, you may wish to consider a non-standard pattern of training or working. This may be to accommodate care of a dependent, to pursue a hobby, or for any other reason. Depending on your career stage and any local restrictions, there are a variety of ways in which you can achieve an alternative work-life balance.

As a trainee, you can apply to undertake less than full time (LTFT) training (also known as flexible training). This will lengthen the number of years you spend in training in proportion to your reduced hours. Read more about flexible training and eligibility requirements.

If you are appointed to a substantive post (such as consultant, associate specialist or specialty doctor), you may have the option to work flexibly in a number of forms.

Flexible working patterns are part of the remit covered by the Academy of Royal Colleges Flexible Working Committee. The College supports this initiative and participates in the committee through our representative, Miss Claire Murphy, who is our Flexible Working Advisor. Read more about flexible working.

If after reading the information in this section you have further questions, you can contact our Flexible Working Advisor by emailing us at

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