NHS England Safe Learning Environment Charter


A flexible approach to education and training provides conditions for learners to thrive and succeed. It may contribute towards addressing workforce shortages, attract new joiners, and improve retention of current learners and educators.

Flexible arrangements can reduce stress for those who may need to manage complex demands on their time and could be a mechanism to help cope with the financial pressure of being in full or part-time education. It can contribute towards achieving a better work-life balance and positively impact morale and satisfaction, fostering increased learner engagement and commitment to delivering the best patient care. Learners need to consider that consistency of supervision may be impacted to meet flexibility requirements.

Flexible working

Clinical Workforce Productivity on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

Flexible apprenticeships in Health and Social Care

Doctors in flexible training

Guidance for flexibility in postgraduate training and changing specialties

Champion of flexible training guidance

Flexible working in the NHS - a line manager's guide

Flexible working toolkit for individuals

NHS Flex for the Future programme