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Career Refresh for Medicine

The Career Refresh for Medicine programme (CaReForMe) has been developed to help support doctors who have had a break in practice, including those new to the NHS, return more easily and safely. It is a facilitative programme, meaning eligible doctors are still responsible for finding an appropriate post.

Health Education England will provide information, resources and educational support to make this process easier for both doctors and their employers. The programme’s educational support elements include access to e-learning, relevant courses and up to three days supernumerary time.

Expressions of interest for the next round of applications are now open. Please register your interest here.

CaReforMe is also separate to the Medical Support Worker programme. To be eligible for CaReforMe, you must be registered with the GMC and have been out of practice for at least three months, or new to the NHS. You do not need to be GMC registered to apply for the MSW programme. Again, we are unable to pass applications on, but you can apply for the MSW programme here.

Further information and resources are available from e-Learning for Healthcare and Health Careers.

Doctors in a training programme who have taken time out can access our Supported Return to Training Programme. You may also want to take a look at the GMC Welcome to UK Practice webpage.


Resource Hub


NHS England and NHS Improvement - Returning clinicians

Women returners



Welcome to UK Practice


This list will be updated as courses come online.