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At various points throughout your career, you may want to consider a non-standard pattern of working or working at less than full time. This may be to accommodate care of a dependent, to pursue a hobby or for any other reason. Depending on the stage you are at in you career, and any local restrictions there may be, there are a variety of ways in which you can achieve this different work-life balance.

As a trainee, you can apply to undertake less than full time (LTFT) training (also known as flexible training). As you would expect, this means that you work for a percent of full-time. This will lengthen the number of years you spend in training in proportion to your reduced hours.

When you have been appointed to 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 Academy of Royal Colleges Flexible Working Committee. The College supports this initiative and is participates in the  committee through our representative who is our flexible training advisor.

If, when you have read the information in this section, you have further questions, you can contact our flexible training advisor, by emailing us at

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