Flexible training is a term encompassing a range of training options, the descriptions of which can be confusing, such as job share, slot share, supernumerary and less–than-full-time training. It was not something either of us had ever envisaged doing as budding doctors and ENT trainees. However, personal circumstances change, such as having a family and the ensuing responsibilities. Consideration of working less than full time is usually more applicable to the female doctor; however the option of applying is open to any one who has valid reasons to do so. You can find out if you are eligible by talking to your employer (See appendix 1 for example in Northern Deanery) and on the Directgov website (Appendix 2).