Flexible portfolio training (FPT) is a new ST3 training scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians and Health Education England that protects 1 day a week (or 20% time equivalent) for professional development.
The training scheme is an approach to meet the demand for flexible working in higher specialty training and is an opportunity for trainees to engage in meaningful project work that will benefit their professional development.
A flexible portfolio trainee’s non-clinical day will be focused on one of four pathways:
Each pathway will expose the trainee to new ways of working, teamwork and leadership, among other general professional capabilities, and will complement their time in clinical practice. Trainees will spend a minimum of 1 year on their pathway, with the option to continue for the duration of their higher specialty training (subject to satisfactory progress and Annual Review of Competence Progression outcome).
The pilot of this scheme will begin in England in August 2019 with applications open from 30 January 2019.
These ST3 posts are national training numbers and applicants should apply to their chosen specialty as usual, preferencing the flexible portfolio training option where available. There are no extra qualification requirements and no additional scoring or interview criteria other than appointability to higher specialty training.
This list is not exhaustive and will be updated with West Midland specialties and any additions.
Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.