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Trainee Working Hours
GP ST contract states that “The normal working week (excluding out-of-hours training) will comprise of 10 sessions … The nominal length of a session is 4 hours”, and “A degree of flexibility may be required from time to time in order to meet your training needs” Their contract doesn’t state when those sessions start and end, ie it doesn’t state 9-5, and so could (and should, if it is educationally valuable) include extended hours.
Trainees can insist on 10x4 hour sessions per week as per their contract. However, supervisors usually adjust hours to suit the practice’s working patterns, which means learning and supervision can be maximised. Most trainees agree to a work pattern that maps to the practice as the longer days will provide a half-day off in lieu.