Less Than Full Time Training in Cardiology (LTFT)

All doctors in training can apply for less than full time training, and the BJCA, BCS, RCP and HEE are all supportive of Cardiology trainees who choose to apply for this. 

Reasons for choosing to work LTFT in the past has typically included domestic commitments, health reasons, or other activities undertaken outside of medicine. From August 2022 for higher specialty trainees, including Cardiology, applications are now also available for those wishing upon personal choice not included in the previous categories.

Flexible Working in Cardiac Specialities, BJCA / BCS webinar 2020

Testimonials & Considerations

Before applying to work LTFT, it’s important to carefully consider the potential benefits to you (e.g. childcare, work-life balance), and whether they outweigh any potential negative factors (e.g. reduced pay, delay to CCT date). You may want to speak friends and family members, as well as a current LTFT Cardiology trainee.

The BCS Women In Cardiology website has testimonials from trainees and consultants about their experience of working LTFT, with particular reference to how flexible working has supported a work-life balance.  While developed for the WIC community, LTFT training and these testimonials are equally applicable to trainees of all genders.

BCS Women in Cardiology Website

The 2022 BJCA Handbook

The 2022 BJCA Handbook outlines the Application Process, and training LTFT.  If you are considering applying, the various documents below may help you. Check which category you’re eligible for (see table below), then approach your ES/TPD. Apply using your regional HEE LTFT website.

BJCA TRAINING HANDBOOK

BJCA Support

Will Jenner (ST5, East of England) is the current BJCA LTFT Trainee Representative and sits on the Cardiology RCP Specialty Advisory Committee. Please get in contact for questions about LTFT training in cardiology @BJCA_LTFT

BJCA LTFT Twitter
Email Will Jenner

Useful Resources

HEE WEBSITE

HEE Site for LTFT Training, including Category 3, and video guides to the application process, pay, rotas and links to deanery LTFT sites.

BMA WEBSITE

BMA site for LTFT Training.

BMJ WEBSITE

Less than full-time training in Cardiology, Heart, 2019.

COPMED WEBSITE

Gold Guide 8th Ed 2020 (page 38 for LTFT working.