My name is Shairoz Samji and I am the new Flexible Rep to the BSG Training Committee. I trained full-time until I became pregnant as an ST5 with my son Aaron. I always knew when I had a child that I would need to work LTFT as I wished to balance bringing up my son and working in a busy medical specialty. I highly recommend the move.
Personally I had a difficult time transitioning from full-time to LTFT training (LTFTT). In 2018 I chose to take up the post of LTFT rep to the Yorkshire regional Junior Dr committee BMA with the aim of empowering other LTFT trainees with the knowledge of how to get the most out of LTFTT.
LTFT trainees are a broad church. We may be part-time clinical, part-time academic, some of us are LTFT due to caring responsibilities and some to support physical and or mental health problems. Others might be category 2 in order to pursue other exceptional interests or talents outside of medicine. Training in a busy craft specialty LTFT can sometimes present hurdles. However with the right advice these challenges can be overcome. If you are considering becoming LTFT or are LTFT and you are having a tricky time I would like to offer my ear. Feel free to contact me via [email protected].
I believe high standards in training ultimately lead to trainees providing high quality services for all of our patients. I hope this page provides you with enough information to support anyone training LTFT. If you have any more queries or suggestions for this page contact me. My door is always open to new ideas.
Shairoz Samji, Flexible Representative, BSG Training Committee
There have been lots of positive changes to your terms and conditions for trainees in England designed to help support LTFTT in the new English junior doctor contract. These include compulsory appointment of flexible champions in all trusts with more than 10 LTFT trainees and the ability of junior doctors to choose pay; A £1000 annual allowance for all LTFT trainees in England is being paid under the new terms and conditions with the new nodal pay points and the choice between pay or time off in lieu if you need to attend induction, an authorised study event, or training on your non-working day. I truly believe this will help make LTFT training closer to flexible working as the majority of LTFT trainees do so in order to support their child-caring responsibilities and unfortunately this is often costly.
A list of Guidelines designed to help you
There are lots of guidelines available to help those training LTFT. These include: