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Supported Return to Training


Supported Return to Training

At any one time, approximately 10% of doctors in training take a period out of training for a variety of reasons, including parental leave, sickness and going out-of-programme for research or experience. We understand that regardless of the reason, returning back into training can be a difficult and stressful time for a trainee. Health Education England and your School are here to support and guide you through this process.

If you have been absent for a period of 3 months or over, it is strongly recommended that you follow our Supported Return to Training Guidance. It has been designed to be flexible and take into account the differing nature and length of absence, as well as the speciality and stage of your training, to ensure that you can safely return and practice within their training programme.

There is also a regional SuppoRTT programme which includes events and days that can you attend. This includes training and support for:

  • Educational days
  • Clinical simulation days
  • Mentorship and coaching
  • Building your personal and professional well-being
  • Practical advice and sign posting.

SuppoRTT Bids

HEE is providing Local Education Providers and Schools with the opportunity to bid for investment to expand an existing approach or develop a new idea that relates to creating and imbedding a supportive return to practice for doctors and dentists in training.

Examples include (but are not limited to);

  • “Brain storming” events for departments, trainers, medical staffing departments, medical education departments, etc to consider mechanisms to support trainees 
  • Specialty-specific developments within Schools to support returners
  • “Boot camps” and course development
  • Trust-based support groups for trainees, with identified objectives
  • Enhanced induction
  • Developing resources available to trainees
  • Backfill of educator or manager time to develop courses

How do I bid?

For further information, please contact Alyson Williamson (alyson.williamson@hee.nhs.uk)

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Should you require any further guidance then please contact the SuppoRTT team




Please follow the link below to view all the courses currently provided by the Learner Support and Faculty Development team. Topics that may prove useful when returning to training include " Time Management", "Reslience for Trainees" and "Dealing with Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue". 


View courses

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