Written by Dr Matthew Roe Flexible Training Champion
The champion of flexible training role was created as part of the junior doctor contract negotiations in 2016. The aims of the role include creating a shift in culture within the NHS, to give trainees more flexibility, and to offer them support as they carry out their training and other commitments.
Every less than full time (LTFT) trainee doctor should have access to a champion of flexible training. The champion will play a strategic role in promoting and improving existing support for LTFT colleagues, advocating for them where necessary.
I am a recently appointed consultant anaesthetist and trained LTFT from 2013-2020. I also undertook two periods of shared parental leave. In my final year of training I was the rota writer for junior doctors in anaesthetics and so am well versed on the BMA contractual rules regarding good rota design for both FT and LTFT trainees.
I hope these experiences will give me some insight into the rewards and challenges that you may also face on a day to day basis working LTFT in our Trust. If you would like to let me know of any issues you are having here at the NNUH please do get in touch by email or through Teams.
- Improve awareness and training with regards LTFT matters with HR/Medical Staffing
- Promote LTFT working across the organisation
- Education of clinical/educational supervisors to allow them to better support LTFT trainees
- Provide an annual report to the Junior Doctor Forum (JDF)
- Work with the Guardian of Safe Working to better understand trainee needs
- Setting up local and regional LTFT forums and network