National Flexible Training Scheme

National Flexible Training Scheme

National Flexible Training Scheme

The medical workforce is changing and, over recent years, numerous reports have pointed to the importance of providing flexible working arrangements for doctors.

The HSE National Flexible Training Scheme funds up to 32 participants at 50% of wte at any one time. The scheme is open to junior trainees from year 2 BST training onwards.

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 Application Form 2022.docx (size 61.4 KB) 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 Policy 2022.docx (size 135.3 KB)

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. 

Closing date for applications is October 31st.

Principles of Flexible Training

Other Supports

Flexible Training can refer to a range of options whereby trainees can access less than full- time training or in some instances, training in geographical locations more suited to their personal circumstances while continuing to attain the required competencies and range of experience.

Job sharing pilots are being rolled out across the post-graduate training bodies. To express interest in availing of a job sharing arrangement, please contact your training body