Supported Return to Training




Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) is a centrally funded Health Education England (HEE) programme which aims to support ALL trainees to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence.

SuppoRTT Newsletter - Updated monthly with new courses, resources and contacts.

See our course catalogue for further details on all of the available SuppoRTT courses.




SuppoRTT Programme Overview - What is it & what does it include?

The programme is available to ALL trainees 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.   

As returning trainees are a diverse group, SuppoRTT aims to provide a bespoke, individualised package for each retuning trainee, rather than a single ‘one size fits all’ approach. The SuppoRTT programme consists of:

  • A structured and systematic process for planning absence, maintaining contact whilst out and planning for your return
  • A menu of supported Return To Training Activities (RTT-A) that can be built into an individualised return-to-training package
  • Funding to support CPD activities and a Supernumerary period dependent on the trainees individual needs

We understand that returning to training after a period of absence can impact your clinical skills and confidence, however, you are not on your own! HEE and your School are here to support and guide you through this process. You just need to ask.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the SuppoRTT team, via email at


Please find below 6 short videos which highlight various areas of the SuppoRTT programme

How to Prepare to Take Time Out and Return to Training


Opportunities Available to Support Your Return





Returning to Work Less than Full Time




Preparing for and Returning From Maternity or Adoption Leave


Returning To Work After Health Issues


Training Issues And Career Progression


More videos are available under the School Specific Webpages & Resources tab below


Guidance Documents & Forms

SuppoRTT Guidance Documents

SuppoRTT: Return To Training Guidance

The SuppoRTT guidance provides background information, how SuppoRTT came to be created and the processes which underpin it.


SuppoRTT CPD Funding Guidance

SuppoRTT: CPD Funding Guidance - Updated 14 January 2022.

CPD Funding Application form


SuppoRTT Meetings

There are 3 meetings which underpin the SuppoRTT programme. The SuppoRTT guidance, provides in-depth breakdowns for each meeting and each meeting is accompanied by an electronic form. All meetings to take place with the Trainee and Appropriate Supervisor.

Pre-Absence Meeting

  • To take place 3 months prior to absence.
  • Purpose: To discuss how to stay in touch and any concerns that you may have regarding absence or returning.

Initial Return Meeting

  • To take place 8-12 weeks prior to return date.
  • Purpose: To create a plan of return, discuss any concerns, training needs and supernumerary / enhanced supervision requests.

Review Meeting

  • To take place at the end of any supernumerary / enhanced supervision period or four weeks after the trainee's return date.
  • Purpose: To discuss your progress, review assessments and feedback, address any concerns and arrange further supernumerary / enhanced supervision periods, if required.

Please note, each electronic form allows you to pause your submission and come back to it later by selecting the 'finish later' option at the bottom of each page. This enables the form to be reviewed or completed by various people such as the Trainee and Appropriate Supervisor*. Once you have selected 'finish later' you will be provided with a screen such as the one shown below. It will provide a unique link for you to access your form and an option to email the link to access later.

Individualised Action Planner


HEE YH SuppoRTT Videos

The below video links provide a personal account of some of the issues and concerns raised, during Supported Return to Training and provide an example for how each SuppoRTT meeting can be take place.

If you have any queries relating to the forms please do not hesitate to contact the SuppoRTT Team,  


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


























To find your programme support team contact details please click here.














































Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) guidance document.

























































































































Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) CPD Funding 

























KIT and SPLIT guidance.



























SuppoRTT Courses for Trainees

SuppoRTT Courses for Trainees

The SuppoRTT Team organises and supports a variety of Support Courses for Trainees. Please find below courses running over the next few months with course links to book. Our SuppoRTT Newsletter details all courses running over the next few months, along with other useful information and the course catalogue provides further details of each course that we run.

December 2022

Friday 9th December

09:00 - 16:30   Human Factors & Communication


January 2023

Friday 6th January

10:00 - 13:00     Tiny Habits® for Doctors - How to make changes in your life that last forever

Friday 13th January

09:30 - 16:30      Confidence Training (Face-to-Face)

Tuesday 17th January

09:30 - 15:30     Finding Energy, Time, Support and Focus - Healthy CPD and Revision Practices for Busy Doctors Juggling Busy Lives

19:30 - 21:00     Have you been affected by Racism During your Training?

Wednesday 18th January

09:30 - 12:30    How to Manage Empathy in Clinical Practice

Friday 20th January

09:30 - 16:30     Clinical Skills & Simulation

09:30 - 15:30     How to Manage Conflict

Monday 23rd January

09:20 - 16:45     Essential Skills for Medic Mums

Monday 30th January

09:00 - 15:00     Difficult Conversations in Paediatrics for International Medical Graduates

Tuesday 31st January

09:30 - 16:30     Mindfulness for Well-Being (Face-to-Face)


February 2023

Wednesday 1st February

10:00 - 15:00   Managing Imposter Syndrome for SuppoRTT

Friday 3rd February

09:15 - 12:30   Confidence Training

Monday 6th February

13:30 - 16:30    How to Stop Burn-Out Ruining Your Career 

Tuesday 7th February

14:00 - 16:00    Mindfulness: An Introduction

Wednesday 8th February

10:00 - 15:00    Know Your Why for SuppoRTT

Thursday 9th February

10:00 - 15:00    Interpersonal Skills Workshop

Tuesday 14th February

09:30 - 12:30    Building Personal and Professional Wellbeing

Wednesday 15th February

09:30 - 15:30    Finding Energy, Time, Support & Focus - Healthy CPD and Revision Practices for Busy Doctors Juggling Busy Lives

09:00 - 15:00    Interpersonal Communication Skills for International Medical Graduates working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Thursday 16th February

09:00 - 15:00    Interpersonal Communication Course for International Medical Graduate Internal Medicine Trainees

Tuesday 21st February

09:15 - 12:30    Mindfulness for Well-Being Training

Monday 27th February

09:20 - 16:45    Essential Skills for Medic Mums


March 2023

Friday 3rd March

09:30 - 16:30    Clinical Skills & Simulation

09:30 - 12:30    How to Manage Empathy in Clinical Practice

Tuesday 7th March

10:00 - 12:00    Mindfulness: An Introduction

Thursday 9th March

09:15 - 12:30     Confidence Training

Friday 10th March

09:30 - 12:30    Return with Resilience

Tuesday 14th March

19:30 - 21:00    Have you Been Affected by Racism During your Training?

Wednesday 15th March

10:00 - 15:00    Know Your Why for SuppoRTT

Wednesday 22nd March

09:15 - 12:30     Mindfulness for Well-Being Training

Friday 24th March

09:30 - 15:30    How to Manage Conflict

Resources and Courses for Educators / Supervisors

Resources & Courses for Educators / Supervisors

Our Educational Supervisor Course Catalogue lists all the courses we currently provide for Educators / Supervisors. Below are some useful resources for Educators & Supervisors along with a calendar of courses coming up over the next few months.

SuppoRTT - Educator Training Resource

This e-learning module has been developed specifically for Trainers & Supervisors.

Content includes

  • Introduction to SuppoRTT
  • Trainee Concerns
  • SuppoRTT process for Supervisors
  • Resources including KIT/SPLIT, Mentoring and Courses


CARATS (Competence Assessment & Recommendations for Additional Training and Support) Form

For International Medical Graduates.

This form should be completed for any doctor at any hospital in the Yorkshire & Humber region, who fulfils the following criteria:

  • Primary Medical Degree obtained from non-UK medical school
  • Less than 6 months full time postgraduate experience working for an acute NHS trust
  • Employed at any grade below consultant either as part of a training scheme or as trust grade

It is intended to identify additional induction / training needs that should be made available to the doctor and to outline how the additional support will be delivered.

Please send completed copy of the form to


Calendar of SuppoRTT Courses for Educators / Supervisors


December 2022

Monday 5th December

09:30 - 12:30     SuppoRTTing Trainee Wellbeing as a Supervisor

Thursday 8th December

09:20 - 15:30    Support Your Trainee to Improve Self Care, Manage Stress & Enhance Resilience

Monday 12th December

09:30 - 16:00    SuppoRTT Trainers - Taming Teaching Technology


January 2023

Monday 9th January 

10:00 - 12:30    Supporting Trainees Through Supervision


February 2023

Monday 6th February 

09:30 - 16:00   SuppoRTT Trainers - Taming Teaching Technology

Tuesday 28th February

09:00 - 12:00   SuppoRTT Training the Trainer Session for Educational Supervisors


March 2023

Monday 6th March

09:30 - 12:30   SuppoRTTing Trainee Wellbeing as a Supervisor

Friday 17th March

09:30 - 16:00   SuppoRTT Trainers - Taming Teaching Technology

Monday 20th March

10:30 - 12:30   Supporting Trainees Through Supervision

Tuesday 28th March

14:00 - 17:00   Training the Trainer Session for Educational Supervisors

SuppoRTT Champions

SuppoRTT Champions

Who are the SuppoRTT Champions?

SuppoRTT Champions  are experienced NHS professionals  based in most secondary care Trusts and the psychiatry Specialty School in Yorkshire and Humber . Their role is to provide leadership within the Trust/School to ensure that the SuppoRTT strategy is fully implemented and results in a high-quality supported return to training for all.

The SuppoRTT Champion can

-       Provides trainees and supervisors with guidance regarding the relevant policies and available resources.

The trainee’s first point of contact is their educational supervisor or training programme director throughout the return-to-work process. However, the SuppoRTT Champions are useful contacts to help with any additional SuppoRTT queries directly related to your Trust. You can view all Champion profiles via 'view All' or select individuals to learn a little more about them.

The SuppoRTT Champions are useful contacts to help with any SuppoRTT queries directly related to your Trust. You can view all Champion profiles via 'view All' or select individuals to learn a little more about them.

View All

School of Psychiatry Airedale Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Juliette Kennedy  

Martin Kelsey

Shobha Sivaramakrishnan


Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

David Wilkinson

Pamela Ohadike



Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Ip Scarrott 

Hiten Thaker

Catherine Tandy


The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust  

Kelly Heckingbottom-Plunkett & Ian Wilson &

Maja Kotlinska & Rajan Bhojwani

Clare Smith


Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust York and Scarborough Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Karen Griffin

Freya Smith-Jack & Olunfunso Olarinde

Jenny King & Suzanne Francis


Health Toolbox

Health Toolbox logo

The collaborative local knowledge resource for professional healthcare communities

Dr Toolbox is an award winning UK based website set up and run by NHS doctors. It is the collaborative local knowledge resource for healthcare professionals that deserve a safe induction. It is the wikipedia of how to get stuff done in hospitals. Each hospital has its own domain, co-ordinated by a lead editor who reviews the information, and a senior clinician who provides support and continuity.


What is Health Toolbox?

Health Toolbox is a secure online information resource set up by Trainees to help to better orientate themselves with their hospital and department. Including contact numbers, referral methods, handbooks & guides. Easily accessible information at local level ensures that healthcare professionals can be as efficient and effective as possible in carrying out their role. This in turn has positive impacts on patient safety as well as education and training.

What information is Health Toolbox for?

  • Handbooks written by doctors in training for their Job and Specialty
  • Contact details such as telephone numbers, bleep numbers and emails
  • Local information e.g. how to make speciality referrals or know how on requesting investigations
  • It can also be used resource for teaching and post graduate medical education

How can you access Health Toolbox?

  • Health Toolbox is available online and via an App. To find out if your Local Trust has a Health Toolbox site, please visit the Health Toolbox website.
  • Here you will find a list of all registered Trusts. Once you have located the Trust you'd like to access, select and register as directed.














Health Toolbox App

The Health Toolbox App downloads the content of your hospital toolbox and stores it for future reading even when offline. When your device becomes online, the App reconnects to the server and is updated to the latest version. 

You need

  • A recent iOS™ or Android™ device. Get our app from the App store or the Play store. 
    • The WebApp can be installed in modern mobile browsers just by clicking on the button. It has an offline functionality similar to the native apps. 
  • A Health Toolbox account. Registration is free using your work email. 
  • For a link to download the App please visit the Health Toolbox website.





Please be advised that all coaching sessions are free for trainees in YH.

The aim of coaching is to increase potential and enhance the careers of those who access it. Sessions are confidential and do not form part of educational assessment. Coaching is time for you to think. 

Coaching is time for you to think.  Your coach won’t judge you, or give you advice.  This means it is ok to talk about anything that you feel gets in the way of you doing your best at work. You can really think things through in a way that is different to talking things over with a friend, partner, TPD or Educational Supervisor - all people who tend to have another agenda for you.  Your coach will support you, and challenge you if necessary, to help you reach a conclusion that is helpful and meaningful to you.

You can have between four and six sessions of free coaching with a coach and it tends to work best if you have all your sessions within a 6 month window.

If you decide that you would like to participate in our coaching programme, click here to register your interest. You can contact your preferred coach directly once your account registration has been approved. Coaching works best if you pick someone outside your Specialty.

Once you have registered as a Coachee and your account has been approved please click here to log in to your account where you can then search and make contact with your chosen Coach.

You can find a quick start guide here and further information can be found on our website.

Resources and Useful Contacts

Resources and Useful Contacts


e-Learning has been specifically designed for Trainees

This e-Learning has been specifically designed for Trainees with the following objectives in mind:

  • Understand the Supported Return to Training process.
  • Recognise common issues and concerns for returning trainees.
  • Gain information on the sources of support Trainees may find helpful when returning to training.
  • Hear from other trainees on their positive experiences of returning to training.

Find the e-Learning here:

Please note there may be small regional differences however the process remains the same. Please always refer to our SuppoRTT Webpage for our regional specific guidance and resources.


My SuppoRTT

A database with over 300 national resources for supporting Doctors and Dentists returning to training including trainee stories, specialty specific resources, regional and local area resources amongst much more.

My SuppoRTT


Support for Doctors

The Academy's Support for Doctors webpage acts as signposting service and includes useful links to resources for doctors who are experiencing difficulties


HEE YH SuppoRTT Videos

The below video links provide a personal account of some of the issues and concerns raised, during Supported Return to Training.

1) Pre Absence Plans:

2) Initial Return to Training Meeting:

3) Return Review Meeting:


Well-being Resources

List of all Guardians of speaking up, in each Trust

Webinars for returning Paediatric Trainees

KIT & SPLIT Guidance (July 2020)  

Wellbeing and Counselling Services 

Wellbeing Support for the Dental Team

Breastfeeding Legal Rights



School Specific Webpages & Resources
Back in Orbit: HEYH School of Ophthalmology initiative for trainees returning from time out

The School of Ophthalmology recognises the specific challenges faced by
Trainees when returning to work after time out (e.g. for parental leave, sick
leave, career break or OOP). Guided by the findings of a regional survey in
2020 of current and former trainees who have experience of this, they have
developed a toolkit of resources for educational supervisors, college tutors
and returning Doctors to aid re-integration into training following time away.

Please check out their webpage linked below.


School of Paediatrics

Feeling lost: you are not alone - London School of Paediatrics 2021. Consultants and Trainees share their stories of challenges in their training - some personal, some professional - hopeful messages and advice on how to seek support. Lots of general themes that would be relevant to all specialties.




EVRT Videos and Undergraduate Videos

Please see below EVRT Videos. ‘’EVRT’’ (Educational Videos for Returning Trainees) is a SCH junior doctor-led video project funded by HEE and supported by GGME, designed to aid junior doctors returning to front-line Paediatric work at Sheffield Children’s Hospital from time out training.


EVRT: Cardiac Arrest


EVRT: Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)


EVRT: Burns and Toxic Shock Syndrome


EVRT: Seizure Requiring Buccal Midazolam


SuppoRTT Teams Across the Country

SuppoRTT Teams Across the Country

Please see below the contact information and webpages for all SuppoRTT teams across the country. For Trainees who are transferring to another region during or following an absence, we recommend you contact your new regional SuppoRTT Team to notify them of your return which will ensure you do not miss out on any support they have available for you.

Regional Webpage Regional SuppoRTT Team Contact
East Midlands
East of England 
North East   
North West
Thames Valley
West Midlands
SuppoRTT Bids

HEE SuppoRTT: Call for your SuppoRTT ideas!

HEE is providing Local Education Providers and Schools with the opportunity to bid for investment to expand an existing approach or develop a new idea that relates to creating and imbedding a supportive return to practice for doctors and dentists in training.

Examples include (but are not limited to);

  • “Brain storming” events for departments, trainers, medical staffing departments, medical education departments, etc. to consider mechanisms to support trainees 
  • Specialty-specific developments within Schools to support returners
  • E-learning or face-to-face courses
  • Trust-based support groups for trainees, with identified objectives
  • Enhanced induction or re-orientation to place of work (for example, a video tour of the hospital)
  • Technical skills and simulation
  • Wellbeing
  • Developing resources available to trainees 
  • Courses and workshops


The bidding round for activities to run in the 2023/24 financial year opened on Monday 27 February 2023 and will close on Thursday 6 April 2023 at 5.00pm. 

Before submitting a bid, please ensure that you read our SuppoRTT Bid Guidance Notes in full. This contains information about the bidding round, the application procedure to follow, the standards that your application must comply with and the scoring criteria that the panel will use to assess your application. 

Applications must be submitted via our online portal.


Immersive Technology Resources

Immersive Technology Resources

Interactive e-Learning and Immersive 360* Video Resource

This is an online e-learning and immersive 360* video resource based around a remote consultation. It was originally developed with shielding/displaced trainees in mind, however this will be a useful resource for anyone consulting remotely. It addresses key skills including communication, using the multidisciplinary team, clinical management and safeguarding, as well as offering the opportunity to 'step inside' the consultation from the patient's perspective!