Workforce, training and education
East Midlands

Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)

SuppoRTT is a national initiative introduced in April 2017 which aims to support all doctors in training to safely and confidently return to training following a period of sustained absence. 

SuppoRTT applies to doctors in training who have been out of training for a period of 3 months or more for example due to: a gap in training, parental leave, sick leave/phased return or OOP (Out of Programme). All doctors in training who take time away should use the SuppoRTT forms to aid their planning and safe return. The offer can include, for example:

  • A period of enhanced supervision
  • Refresher courses and simulation training

  • Mentoring or professional coaching

  • Conferences and workshops

  • Funding for other courses or development, as individually required. 

SuppoRTT courses are also available for educators who may be supporting those returning to training and we have guidance to assist Educational Supervisors with guiding doctors in training who need SuppoRTT - see separate section below for Supervisors and Educators

If this applies to you please discuss your return to training needs with your local SuppoRTT School Champion, Trust Champion or DME. They can also advise on details of courses that may be available through your programme. You can find details of who the SuppoRTT Champion for your School/Trust is here

The SuppoRTT Timeline (click the image to expand)


SuppoRTT for Doctors and Dentists in training 





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SuppoRTT for Supervisors and Educators

The information above will also assist Supervisors and Educators to understand how best to guide trainees and help build a 'SuppoRTTive' culture. 

We have separate guidance below to assist Supervisors and Educators either following time out of training themselves or with how best to support their doctors in training who would benefit from accessing SuppoRTT.