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Supported Return to Training

Supporting doctors returning to training after time out

We are offering support to help those who have taken time out of training to return safely and confidently.

We are committed to developing a supportive, high quality learning environment for all doctors in training, regardless of their personal circumstances.

As part of the Acas Junior Doctors’ Contract Agreement, we committed to develop evidence-based, innovative approaches for supporting postgraduate medical trainees who return to training after time out of programme.

Our Supported Return to Training strategy and investment plan outlined how we would deliver better support to doctors who return to training after approved time out. It followed an extensive evidence gathering and call for ideas to better understand the pastoral and training requirements of trainee returners.

We asked about the challenges faced by these doctors; sought feedback on the provision existing effective support; and encouraged the submission of innovative ideas that were evidenced but perhaps untested. We received responses from doctors in training and their representative bodies, educators, medical Royal Colleges, employers, and other clinical professions.

Our strategy and investment plan published in November 2017 outlined 10 commitments to support trainees with their return to training. View these at the bottom of this page. 

Trainees can access personalised advice and support to help them return to training through their local HEE office.

Returners wishing to access this support should contact their local HEE office directly:

East of England

East Midlands

London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

North West

West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber