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Flexible Training Scheme

The scheme facilitates NCHDs in a training programme to continue their training in a flexible manner for a set period of time. The most common reasons to date for individual trainees making an application to the National Flexible Training Scheme include:

•             Responsibility for caring for others (e.g. children or elderly relatives)

•             Personal family circumstances

•             Health reasons

•             Other personal circumstances

Trainees must be enrolled in a Training Programme under the auspices of one of the postgraduate medical training bodies recognised by the Medical Council in Ireland.

The HSE National Flexible Training Scheme Guide sets out details of the National Flexible Training Scheme and provides information for trainees, training bodies and employers about the programme. The Flexible Training Policy 2020 is now available online.

If you wish to apply to the HSE National Flexible Training Scheme please complete and submit the application form which is available at this link Flexible Training Application Form 2021.

A set of flexible training principles agreed by the postgraduate training bodies and NDTP were launched at the Postgraduate Medical Training conference in November 2017.  Flexible Training options have been developed.

Closing date for applications is October 30th.



Have you noticed the COVID pandemic has given rise to new issues in your workplace, or revealed pre-existing weaknesses in our healthcare system? Would you like to develop a solution that could help your patients or your colleagues? We want to hear from you, and support solutions to these problems. We are asking you to contact us with these issues​.

We here at the Spark Programme know how little time health care professionals have and that is why this call which will join selected applicants with medical designers to build a solution that can truly improve things. It will mean that the applicant is not alone and has the help of a designer with completely different skills and insights but basing their work on the needs highlighted by the health care professional. There is funding available to help get the solution operational so we hope it will be attractive. Please follow this link to read more about the Covid Call and to get to the application pages! 

COVID Call - Application Pages