Return to Training
Trainees may wish to take time out of training for reasons including Parental / Maternity Leave, Out of Programme Research (OOPR), Out of Programme for Career Break (OOPC) and planned sick leave (e.g. major surgery)
The West Midlands are keen to ensure that trainees are clinically confident and fully supported when returning to clinical practice and do so with the Supported Return to Training program(SuppoRTT). This enables trainees to document any plans to stay up to date with training whilst away from practice and also identify any anticipated support required upon their return.
See the FAQs below for some further information on the process, which includes the relevant forms that should be completed. Important links and documents are also at the bottom of the page.
In addition, further information can be found on the HEE WM SuppoRTT web pages
If you are returning during/ post the COVID pandemic, please see our web page on this topic where there are lots of further links on the processes and support available
Frequently asked questions
When returning to work, what is the procedure? Which forms do I need to fill in?
- Trainees need to meet with their prospective Educational Supervisor 3 months before the start of the Post to discuss their required support and work schedule upon return.
Form 2- planning your return to training should be completed
2 weeks after returning to training a review meeting should be arranged
Form 3- reviewing your return to training should be completed
Are there any support courses offered locally for trainees returning to work?
All trainees returning from an absence of 3 months or more are offered a Return to Practice Simulation Day before March and September changeover dates. These are organised by Dr Annabel Copeman and Dr Matt Nash, TPDs for Simulation. For trainees returning out of sync with the changeover dates, individualised support including possible simulation-based scenario training should be discussed with the prospective Ed Supervisor at the Return to Practice meeting
Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training workshops
What about KIT (Keeping in Touch) days?
Yes. For trainees taking maternity leave, Keeping in Touch (KIT) days may be used to attend relevant training courses, regional teaching or departmental meetings. Similarly for trainees taking shared parental leave, Shared Parental Leave in Touch (SPLIT) days may be utilised in the same way. A small amount of funding may be made available to reimburse childcare costs incurred whilst attending KIT or SPLIT days.
What extra support will I have on returning to clinical practise?
- In order to rapidly regain clinical knowledge and confidence, doctors returning to training following a sustained period of absence will be strongly encouraged to participate in a period of enhanced supervision.
It is expected that the doctor will be supernumerary for 2 weeks full time equivalent on their return. Trainees will need to negotiate this with HR/rota coordinator and their Educational Supervisor/College Tutor at least 3 months prior to their return date.
How can I get extra information or support?
Lots more information on the SuppoRTT process can be found on the HEE WM website:
Is there anything I need to do prior to taking time out of training?
Is there any funding available for trainees returning to training?
Important Documents and Links
Dr Sailesh Sankar - SuppoRTT Associate Dean
Doreen Davis - Professional Support and Wellbeing Manager
Sam Turley - Return to Training Officer
Ceri Chadwick - SuppoRTT Clinical Fellow
To contact us please email SuppoRTT.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 695 2402