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Less than full-time training

There are eligibility requirements for trainees wishing to enter less than full-time training, and it is advisable to start the process of applying for, and arranging less than full-time training as early as is possible. Also bear in mind that it will take you longer to complete your training if you are not working full-time. 

Less than full-time trainees can return to full-time training at any stage providing there is availability of a full time slot.

The College has issued a position statement outlining recommended general principles, training programme content and organisation.The requirements for less than full time training are available in the NHS Employers publication Principles underpinning the new arrangements for flexible training

The College’s flexible working adviser, Claire Murphy, is available as a source of advice and information to those contemplating less than full time training in surgery and to those involved in setting up less than full time training programmes, encouraging training programme directors to recognise the benefits of less than full time training and to publicise the option of training flexibly. You can contact Miss Murphy via email at

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