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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.  

Strategy and investment plan

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, available at the bottom of this page, outlined 10 commitments to support trainees with their return to training. 

Looking to return to training?

Doctors can access personalised advice and support to help them return to training through their local HEE office. A short animated guide has been developed to introduce Supported Return to Practice:

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 East

North West



Thames Valley

West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber