LATs and FTSTAs

Locum Appointment for Training (LAT)

A LAT post is a training opportunity that does not normally run for a period of less than three months or exceed one year. An appointment to a LAT does not result in the allocation of a National Training Number (NTN) but it can be counted towards your Core Surgical Training or, if you obtain a NTN at a later stage, your LAT period may be recognised towards your certification.

LATs are appointed through the specialty’s National Selection process or in some regions via a local Deanery/LETB recruitment committee. If you are undertaking a LAT you are expected to use the ISCP website throughout your LAT period.

From 1 October 2012, all relevant LAT posts of 3 months or more will automatically count towards training where satisfactory progress is confirmed. A maximum of 12 months will usually be recognised. For more information please read our LAT guidance.

Fixed Term Specialty Training Appointment (FTSTA)

An FTSTA post is a training opportunity that usually arises within the early years of training.

An appointment to an FTSTA does not result in the allocation of a National Training Number (NTN) but it can be counted towards your Core Surgical Training or, if you obtain a NTN at a later stage, it may be possible to have your FTSTA period recognised towards your certification.

If you are undertaking an FTSTA you are expected to use the ISCP website throughout your FTSTA period.

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