Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)

For trainees returning at this time, it is important to ensure that the SuppoRTT principles are still followed.  We strongly recommend that prior to your return you have a discussion (this does not need to be a face to face discussion) with your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director to plan your return.  If you are unable to access your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director we recommend that you liaise with one of the following: SuppoRTT Trust/School Champion, the Postgraduate Centre Manager at your returning Trust or the Director of Medical Education / Clinical Tutor.

We have 3 forms you will need to complete before, during and after your time out of programme:

Form 1 - The Pre-Absence Form

Form 2 - The Pre-Return Form

Form 3 - The Post-Return Form

Forms are looked at on a weekly basis only - IF YOU HAVE ANY URGENT QUERIES, PLEASE EMAIL US DIRECTLY AT 

Please note that the forms are intended to be templates to promote discussion between the trainee and the Supervisor as to the support the trainee may need returning to training.  HEE-EM does not organise the actual detail of the return to work process (e.g - Enhanced Supervision; rota changes) - this needs to be organised by the trainee in conjunction with their Supervisor and Rota Co-ordinator (or GP Programme Manager for GP trainees). 

A leaflet explaining the Supported Return to Training project and what we offer can be found in the documents section below.

We can offer free coaching or counselling to support you during your absence or on your return; free study skills/exam support; or refer you to occupational health for support.  We work closely with the Professional Support & Wellbeing Service and can access all the support that they can.  Just email us at for further advice.

We also offer the following:

- Funding for external courses directly related to your return to training (courses should ideally be undertaken immediately prior or post your return date however we can be flexible with this during the Covid-19 period)

- Funding for childcare/travel expenses incurred during KIT days (nb - we do not fund KIT days themselves)

- SuppoRTT training courses via webinar for both trainees and trainers (see Accent Course Manager for booking) - details of our next round of webinars for Autumn 2020 are advertised here

Email us at for further advice.


Our Professional Support & Wellbeing Service (PSW) has put together a page of helpful information about Covid-19 wellbeing resources and where to find urgent help here

Online training resources for trainees returning during a pandemic can be found here

Don't forget that we have SuppoRTT webinars and podcasts available to all here