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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.

Prior to July 2016 the HSE National Flexible Training Scheme was limited to Higher Specialist Trainees, managed and funded by NDTP equivalent to 12 whole WTE full funded supernumerary posts, i.e. up to 24 participants at 50% of wte at any one time. Since the NCHD rotation in July 2016, NDTP National Flexible Training Scheme are funding an additional 4 whole WTE training places i.e. up to 32 participants at 50% of wte at any one time.  In addition NDTP has extended the scheme 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 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.

Principles of Flexible Training