Return to Training Activities

As part of the Supported Return to Training initiative, HEE-NE are providing a number of training activities aimed at those returning to practice. A range of courses are provided, including those centred on clinical skills, simulation, professional development and wellbeing. These are free-of-charge to those accessing SuppoRTT, and additional expenses (e.g. travel, child-care) can be claimed for if attending.

If you are a trainee planning your return to work or have recently returned to working life after a period of more than three months away from a clinical environment you can access our Coaching service to support your transition back in to clinical practice. Did you know we also provide a minimum of three supernumerary days for all returning trainees with the option to extend to up to ten days? Our supernumerary flyer explains all. 


Support is available for Shielding trainees.


Trainees who have been off work for a period of 3 months or more, including those shielding due to covid-19, you have access to the same support as all trainees when returning to training. If you have been shielding, the Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme can offer access to services tailored to your needs, in order to help you with returning to training. SuppoRTT can offer a period of enhanced supervision, refresher courses and simulation training, mentoring or professional coaching, conferences and workshops and funding for other courses or development, as individually required.

If you have been shielding and able to work from home or have had amended duties. You are entitled to reasonable workplace adjustments to ensure you can continue to work. You should discuss this with your Head of School or Training Programme Director and arrange for an occupational health assessment. The SuppoRTT programme will not ordinarily be available to trainees in this situation.

The SuppoRTT for Shielding Trainees Advisory Group (S-STAG) has put together resources and guidance for shielding trainees and supervisors to navigate your time out of training. NHS staff have been given FREE access to a number of wellbeing apps to help you through some of the most challenging times we have faced. Please follow this link to see what is available.NACT UK have produced guidance around remote medical consultation with a focus on providing and assuring high quality supervision within the virtual clinical environment.  Please follow this link to see this guidance.

If you are a trainer who has been supervising a displaced or shielding trainee you some e-learning content was developed in collaboration with displaced trainees who share their experiences of being displaced and demonstrates how they can be supported to progress in their training. The e-learning programme can be accessed here:

If you are part of the Supported Return to Training programme you can still access support as you prepare to re-enter the workplace. Follow this link to the national SuppoRTT webpages to see the most up to date information, resources and programme of webinars. 

SuppoRTT - Returning to Training  - 02/07/2021

Supported Return to Training Research - Virtual Event - 14/07/2021

Communicating with Confidence - 28/09/2021

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". 


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