Supported Return to Training Trust and School Champions
"I passionately feel we should offer the right support to trainee and trainers hence my involvement with the regional SuppoRTT programme from the start. We deserve fulfilled lives and careers and I think we can have that with the right planning and care".
Throughout the RTT process, trainees will have their reviews with their Educational Supervisor but if additional guidance or support is required, the SuppoRTT Champions are a fantastic resource. SuppoRTT Champions have been introduced to work with each employing Trust and specialty School within the East Midlands region to support both trainees and trainers with troubleshooting specific issues involving returning trainees in their School, Trust or GP Practice.
SuppoRTT Champions are available to liaise with the trainee, the clinical area lead and Supervisor. They will have detailed knowledge of the local and regional resources available for return to training e.g. SuppoRTT mentoring schemes, return to training events such as one-day conferences and study days, and will be able to steer trainees on what support may be beneficial.
Click on the below blue headings for the SuppoRTT School and Trust Champions and their contact details.
My name is Nicky Hickman - I am a Consultant Anaesthetist at Leicester General Hospital, Training Programme Director, and an Educational Supervisor, as well as the SuppoRTT Champion for the East Midlands School of Anaesthesia. As a mother of 3 who is a bit injury-prone, I have experienced several returns to training and work - I know first-hand how hard it can be, as well as what a difference good support makes.
I have been interested in improving the experience of trainees returning to work for a number of years, established a Return-to-Work process for the school of Anaesthesia several years ago. Subsequently I developed this to include a tailor-made one-day course, to which all returners to anaesthesia are welcome
Please feel free to contact me at either my emanaesthesia email address, or my uhl one. Remember to use my Sunday name - Nicola.Hickman
I qualified as a doctor in 1998, in Sheffield. I spent a few years doing surgery before switching to GP training and qualifying as a GP in 2004. I then worked for 8 years as a GP partner before moving to my current practice in Chesterfield, where I work part time as a salaried GP and GP trainer.
Outside of work, I have two daughters, my husband and our dog to feed and entertain. I love playing tennis and doing Pilates, and enjoy spending time outdoors.
I’m looking forward to being able to support trainees who’ve had some time out to get them back into their training.
I am Cat Boereboom. I trained in Sheffield and moved to Nottingham for my Surgical Training in East Midlands North. I have taken time out of training for a 2.5 year PhD into pre-operative exercise and 1 year maternity leave but have always worked fulltime. I was appointed as a colorectal and pelvic floor surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals this year. I am married to another colorectal surgeon in the region and have a 5 year old daughter and 11 year old step daughter.
I qualified from Sheffield Medical School in 2001. I went on to do Psychiatry training in Sheffield. I have been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Chesterfield since 2009. Since then I have taken 2 maternity leaves and am now working part-time.
My main clinical work is Consultant Psychiatrist in the Early Intervention Team for Psychosis. I also take a role in organising the medical student placements and the ADME for GP Trainees.
I have continued to have an interest in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and as part of my training I have completed a Diploma in Psychometric Psychotherapy. I now use these skills to run a Balint Group for Trainees.
I am hoping my role as SuppoRTT Champion, that I can enable trainees to confidently have breaks in their training programme for whatever reason and ensure the thinking and planning for this occurs.
I am current SuppoRRT Champion at Kettering General Hospital (also TPD for FY2 doctors). I am normally based at Acute Medicine and look after very busy medical units with Same Day Emergency Centre. In addition, I am also Undergraduate Tutor for Medical Students from Leicester Medical School and also Sepsis lead for General Medicine. Currently, I am completing PG Diploma in Medical Education working towards Masters. I have worked at NHS for more than 16 years and have completed Higher Specialty Training in Acute Medicine at East Midlands. I have got previous experience of not only being a teacher but also as a mentor for trainees in difficulty. I had worked with lot of peers, who were either returning to training or less than full time trainees and learned a lot from their individual experiences. My previous trainees have commented positively about my training skills and I have won Best Supervisor award for last two consecutive years at my trust. When I am free from my other commitments ,than I try some food recipes one my wife and 2 boys . With my individual experience, I felt appropriate to take up SuppoRTT Champion job to support both flexible and return to training trainees.
I am a Consultant Paediatrician and Deputy DME in Nottingham University Hospitals. Over the years I have personally experienced the challenge of time away from, and returning to, work and training be that for maternity leave, research or health. Having been a consultant for over 10 years I have supported a significant number of trainees as a supervisor and mentor as they take their time away, planned or unplanned, for OOP, parental leave or sickness. I passionately feel we should offer the right support and training to trainee and trainers hence my involvement with the regional SuppoRTT programme from the start. We deserve fulfilled lives and careers and I think, can have that with the right planning and care. I guess that’s why I’m learning to juggle!
I am the SuppoRTT Champion for UHL (and also a newly appointed FTPD). I’ve been a trainee and then consultant in Leicester for 20 years working mainly in diabetes, general medicine and acute medicine. My current role in the speciality team is focused on inpatient diabetes care and I work across many areas in the trust. For my whole time in UHL I have worked flexibly (3 -4 days per week) and I support the view that we are happier and more productive at work if we are supported in achieving a good work/life balance. I’ve taken breaks from training/work to undertake a PhD as a medical student, to take 3 periods of maternity leave and also following unplanned illness. I aim to support trainees in a safe and supported return to work following any break from training.
I am happy for any trainee returning to UHL to contact me via: SuppoRTT@uhl-tr.nhs.uk and if I can’t answer your queries I can usually find someone who can.
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