Trying to get the numbers to fit into an elastic day
So there is huge variation in how practices try and solve this issue. This is not a definitive answer, as it will need a discussion with the practice and trainee to work out which days are possible in terms of supervision and logistics of rooms etc. Often child care requirements are a strong driver in this discussion and we would request both sides to be as flexible as possible in this regard. We strongly encourage all LTFT trainees to match their ES's working pattern as much as possible as this benefits both trainee and trainer.
There are 3 ways of looking at dividing up a working week
Total hours per week divided by 4 hour session (the accepted normal session length) . This will need a rolling rota to get the educational time in pro rata. (see table below)
Total hours per week divided by 10 sessions (so that you can get an SDL; tutorial; VTS into 1 working week) see some examples This model is seldom employed in itself as it is mostly not that workable with the ES and trainee overlap for supervision. See table below for session duration.
Hybrid of the 2 above. This is used to "squeeze" tutorial time and SDL time (option 2) into a 4 hour session weekly rota (option 1) when a "rolling rota" pattern is felt to be too complicated to be implemented.
VTS is pro rata. You use disproportionately more study leave coming to every session if you are LTFT compared to full time. This is especially important to remember in ST3
VTS starts at 2pm and ends at 5pm. The 1pm to 2pm gap is for paid travel time to get to Torbay (therefore a 4 hour session). Most surgeries expect a full session, admin and visits if you work a wednesday morning prior to VTS.