Supported Return to Training

Many trainees take a period of absence from training for a number of reasons which can often vary in duration. This can include; Parental leave, OOP, Carers leave and Sickness.

HEE understands that regardless of the reason, returning back into training can be a difficult and stressful time for a trainee. However, you are not on your own, Health Education England and your School are here to support and guide you through this process.



Policies and Guidance 


Currently in the North West each School has their own Return to Training policy for trainees who have been out of programme for a period of 3 months or more; please contact your Educational Supervisor, F/TPD or Head of School for a copy.




HEE (NW) SuppoRTT KIT Event – 1st November 2018


We are in the process of planning a ½ day KIT Event for trainees who are currently out of programme.  This will be an informal “drop in” event include updates from the Lead Employer, personal experiences from trainees who have recently returned to training and a Q&A session with an expert panel.  There will be stalls for general information as well as individual support sessions. Trainees are welcome to bring along family members or friends etc. for support and children are welcome. 


Further information will be circulated to all trainees who are currently out of programme once the details are finalised.


Travel expenses can be claimed for this event.


We envisage that this event will be run twice a year.


The Health Academy at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals - Return to Training Programme


Specialty School Events

Your School may organise events specifically aimed at returners; please contact your Educational Supervisor / TPD to enquire.


1:1 Support


HEE NW is currently training SuppoRTT Mentors in each School.  Details of how to access these mentors will be available once they have completed their training. 


HEE have procured some nationally available resources for returners which will be available shortly.


Funding Opportunities



HEE NW is offering funds to each School to update and train their Educational Supervisors on the RTT policy and process to better help them support their trainees. Bids will only be accepted from Heads of Schools. 

Please click here to download the bid template

The deadline for submission is 5th September and the HoS will be notified of the outcome of their bid w/c 17th September 2018.



HEE NW is offering all Trusts in the region an opportunity to bid for funds to expand an existing approach or develop a new idea that relates to creating and embedding a supportive return to training for Doctors, Dentists, Physician Associates and Public Health Registrars.

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;
  • 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

Please click here to download the bid template.  Please liaise with your Trust's Medical Education department prior to submitting a bid.

The deadline for submission is 5th September and Trusts will be notified of the outcome of their bid w/c 17th September 2018.


Page updated 30 August 2018

This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available.