Message from Jon Hossain - Champions of Flexible Training

Wed, 5th May 2021

Dear colleagues,

For those of you that do not know me I am the Lead dean with responsibility for Less Than Full Time training. For those of you that do know me I am sorry that I have not been in touch for a while.

I would wish to update you on a few issues:

LTFT training and flexibility are seen as a key initiative in NHS. It was highlighted in the NHs long term plan and is seen as a key wellbeing resource post COVID. We have been given the green light to roll out Category 3 LTFT to all specialties over the next year in stages. Please keep an eye out for communications from HEE about this.

I have managed to compile a list of Champions by various means, but now think I am very close to have a name for each trust. I have always wanted to set up a network for Champions, but think this will best be done through each Deanery local office.

There is already a successful Champions meeting in London on Teams, and I would wish to replicate this in other regions.

I therefore plan to send the list of champions to HEE staff in local offices, so that we can start t co-ordinate meetings. I would also wish the local offices to publish a list champions on their local websites , such that trainees can know who to contact. I would to seek your permission to do this.

Secondly I have historically hosted a national conference for champions, which clearly has not been possible with the pandemic. I will plan to hold a meeting as soon as is practicable, but will be running a webinar in the near future.

As part of the Medical Reform Programme , HEE have commissioned an external evaluation of the Champion Role. I am aware that some of you took part in this evaluation. This is the first time this has been done. Highlights from the evaluation were:

  • The greatest impact of Champions was in signposting trainees to practical information and resources
  • There should be better standardisation of the role
  • There should be better awareness of the role
  • 69% of Champions had been previous LTFT trainees
  • 64% combine the Champion of Flexible Training role with the Guardian of Safe Working Hours or Supported Return to training Champion
  • There is variation in renumeration for the Role
  • Networking opportunities should be developed

I will share this report when it is available, but will work on the feedback you have given.

I look forward to seeing you all in the future at some point,

Kindest Regards,


Jon Hossain

Deputy Postgraduate Dean and Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Health Education England, working across Yorkshire and the Humber