Returning to training after a period of absence can be a daunting and difficult time for trainees.
Trainees take time out of programme for many reasons, such as out-of-programme research and experience, parental leave, health issues, career breaks, or short-term suspension while under investigation. Time out of clinical practice can impact on a clinician’s confidence and skills.
The London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme aims to support all trainees to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence. The programme applies to all trainees absent for 3 months or more, regardless of the reason. Those absent for a shorter period may also opt-in. Existing London SuppoRTT courses can be found here.
As returning trainees are a diverse group, SuppoRTT aims to provide a bespoke, individualised package for each returning trainee, rather than a single “one size fits all” approach. This consists of:
- A structured and systematic process for planning absence and return to training, and maintaining contact while on leave
- A menu of options that can be built into an individualised return-to-training package, agreed between a trainee and their educational supervisor.
Professional Support Unit
The Professional Support Unit (PSU) provides a shared service of expert resources to support the professional development of clinicians in London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS).
Contact and further information
Please contact the programme manager at [email protected] if you have any questions or need further information.