Supported Return to Training (SRTT)


Supported Return to Training – also known as SuppoRTT or SRTT is a great new offer to support all trainees who are returning after time out of programme. This might include taking a year out to pursue other academic interests, Maternity or parental leave and sick leave.

SRTT is available to all trainees taking more than three months of leave (but that is not a hard line – if you have taken a period of absence and feel the scheme would benefit you, then this will be considered).

The links below explain the process and some of the resources available. Your TPDs will also keep you up to date with any SRTT events that are announced. The package of support is tailored to you and will partly depend on whether you are returning to a hospital or GP post (for instance ‘shadowed’ on-calls if returning to hospital posts).

SRTT letter to trainees outlining the scheme How to apply for SRTT (includes links to forms and suggested resources) What to talk about at your return to work meeting

Reviews: every year, all trainees need…

  • 2 x ES meetings
  • 1 x ARCP panel

Whether you are full-time, part-time, on maternity, given an extension etc is immaterial. Every year, expect 2 x ES and 1 x ARCP. Most schemes run ARCP panels in January and July. Your annual ARCP will be in one of these periods.

How many assessments do I need to do?

If you are part time – then the minimum number of WPBA assessments that you need to do is reduced pro-rata accordingly. So, a part time ST2 trainee doing a 1 year post at 50% needs to do a MINIMUM of 1.5 CBDs every 6 months (= 3 in the 12 month period). An similar 50% trainee at ST3 level would need to do a minimum of 3 CBDs every 6 months  (or 6 in the 12 month period). Please remember, these are MINIMUMS – and you should be aiming to do a lot more.