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The Oxford Foundation School supports trainees
who wish to train flexibly using a personal and individual
approach. All trainees are eligible to apply for flexible training.
Those wishing to do so must show that training on a full-time basis
would not be practical for them for well-founded individual reasons
There are a number of different legitimate
reasons for wanting to train flexibly. One of the most
common is caring for small children. Other reasons include
personal health and/or disability or caring for a close
Below is a list of currently approved reasons
for flexible training. If your reason does not appear on this
list then please contact Ann Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Foundation
School Manager to discuss your request.
Those doctors in training with:
These result in the individual doctor or dentist being
professionally disadvantaged by circumstances, and less able to
fulfil their potential on a full-time rather than on a part-time
Category 1 applicants will be more strongly
supported than Category 2. Other well-founded
reasons will be considered on an individual basis.
In foundation the main options include working
in posts that are suitable for part time training (arranged through
the Foundation School) or seeking supernumerary funding through Dr
Mather (there is usually a waiting list for this). There is a
requirement that for training to be recognised you must work a
minimum of 50% of a fulltime post, on a weekly basis. The time you
will need to spend in Foundation to achieve sign off is calculated
on a pro-rata basis. Thus if you work 50% of a fulltime post you
will need to work for two years. An on-call commitment is not
essential as long as the posts offer suitable day time emergency
If you think you want to or need to train
flexibly we recommend contacting Ann Heath
the Foundation School Manager. Ann will be able to discuss your
individual requirements and arrange a discussion with Dr Anne
Edwards, the Foundation School Director. You should also arrange to
see Dr Rebecca Mather (email@example.com), the
Associate Dean for Flexible Training.
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