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Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)

We understand that returning back into training can be a difficult and a stressful time for you. For this reason, NHS England (NHSE) has created a programme which aims to support all colleagues-in-training to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence called Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT). This absence can be a range of personal and professional reasons, such as further training, caring responsibilities, ill health and research or becoming a new parent.

We want you to know that you are not alone; Lead Employer, NHS England, your School and your host trust are here to support and guide you through this process.


What is it and what does it include?

The programme applies to ALL colleagues-in-training who are absent for a period of three months or more, regardless of the reason. Those who are absent for a shorter period may also access support.   

SuppoRTT aims to provide a support that is relevant and tailored to the individual rather than a generic approach to every colleague-in-training. The SuppoRTT programme consists of:

  • A period of enhanced supervision
  • Funding for a period of supernumerary time
  • Online and face-to-face refresher courses and simulation training
  • Mentoring or professional coaching
  • Conferences, workshops and webinars
  • Online learning resources
  • Funding for other courses or training, on an individual basis

How do I access SuppoRTT?

As time out of training is coordinated by NHSE, we always advise you inform your local NHSE team as soon as you know you will be taking time out of your training. This allows you time to plan your time out and your return as much as possible. 

You will also find more information on NHSE's website.

Below is a presentation which you may also find useful - this explains how the Lead Employers supports and guides trainees who have been out of programme for a variety of different reasons.

*Reference to Health Education England (HEE) in the video above is now referred to as NHS England (NHSE)