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Flexible Training and Working in Surgery

Throughout your career in surgery, you may wish to consider training or working less than full time (LTFT). This may be to do research, move abroad or start a family, among other reasons. Depending on your career stage and location, there are a variety of ways in which you can achieve an alternative work-life balance.

The Royal College of Surgeons is committed to supporting both men and women to train and work flexibly. Our Women in Surgery Forum regularly address the issues and concerns related to flexible working for both men and women, with the aim to provide better guidance and support for all who are on this career pathway. We also have a Flexible Training and Working Advisor, who sits on the WinS Forum, as well as other committees, including the Academy of Medical Royal College's Flexible Careers Committee. 

Choose your career grade below to find out more about the options available to you.

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Find out more about flexible working in surgery

If you have any questions about flexible working or would like to contact our Flexible Training and Working Advisor, you can email us at

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