We request trainees provide us with a minimum of 16 weeks for all Category 1 (childcare, ill health, caring responsibilities) and Category 2 (unique opportunities for professional development) LTFT requests.

In exceptional circumstances trainees may not be able to give 16 weeks notice, e.g. sudden illness or need to provide care for a family member, and these cases will be considered on a case by case basis. The Health Education Team are responsible for assessing trainees' eligibility to train LTFT and communicating this to the trust via the trust portal (TROG). Trusts will not have access to a trainee's application form.

For LTFT requests where we do not receive sufficient notice, these will be reviewed as an exception but if there are no extenuating circumstances the request will be declined and the trainee notified to apply with 16 weeks notice.