Flexible Portfolio Training

New for 2019, are flexible portfolio training (FPT) posts, co-badged by Health Education England and the Royal College of Physicians. These are national training numbers in dual-accrediting medical specialties, that protect one day a week (or 20% time equivalent) across a  minimum of one year, for the trainee to focus on their professional development in one of four pathways; medical education, clinical informatics, research or quality improvement.

The experience and project work that will be afforded to the trainee on these pathways are a fantastic opportunity to grow, away from the service-provision aspect of being a medical registrar. The acquirement of a variety of leadership and team working skills, in the non-clinical environment has the potential to prepare the trainee for consultant careers, whilst the project work, and the hosting of an FPT trainee that still maintains on-call commitments, will benefit their Trust. 

Each pathway maps to the generic professional capability framework, so each trainee can meet their development needs this way, alongside their traditional training. The time taken to CCT is therefore not anticipated to be extended, subject to satisfactory progress at ARCP.

For the first cohort year, this will be available to new ST3 trainee applicants in England only, and excluding London, Thames Valley and Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

For more information, including which specialties are involved and in which regions visit https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/flexible-portfolio-training or email flexibleportfoliotraining@rcplondon.ac.uk.