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Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)

HEE recognises that trainees take time out their training programme for a number of reasons, such as parental leave, OOP, carers leave and sickness. Returning to training, regardless of the reason can be a difficult and stressful time for trainees.

HEE is committed to supporting trainees to return to training after a period of extended absence (3 months or more). The Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) initiative aims to support trainees with their confidence, skills and knowledge so that they can safely and confidently return to practice within their training programme.

HEE have created a short animated guide to SuppoRTT which can be viewed here.

Planned Absence (including Parental Leave and approved OOP)

If you are taking a planned period of absence of more than 3 months, you will need to have a discussion with your Educational Supervisor before your leave starts and complete a 'Return to Training Pre-absence' form.

Prior to Return to Training

Trainees that have taken a period of absence for 3 months or more will need to complete a return to training plan as follows:

  • We recommend that you discuss your return to training with your Educational Supervisor/Training Programme Director at least 8 weeks before your anticipated return date.
  • You can discuss a supervised return, your learning needs and any courses/activities that may help with your return to training.
  • Complete a ‘Return to Training Pre-Return form' with your Educational Supervisor detailing your plan for returning to training and your anticipated return date.
  • Return the forms to your Training Programme Director and to HEE Thames Valley.
  • Your forms will be sent to your Head of School and your employing Trust so that your return can be planned effectively.
  • Once you have returned to your training post you can review your return period and progress with your Educational Supervisor.

 

Documents and Forms

Return to Training Flowchart

Return to Training Pre-Absence Form

Return to Training Pre-Return Form

SuppoRTT Funding Form

 

What courses are available?

Simulation Modules across the region

All regional simulation centres have recently developed, alongside HEETV, a suite of simulation programmes, aimed specifically at those trainees who are soon to return to training after a career break (for any reason).  The modules are free of charge to those who are eligible.  All of the modules will be provided in a friendly supportive environment with absolutely no assessment and the chance to address your specific questions/worries throughout the day.  If you are due to return to training and would like to book one of the courses below, please email srtt.tv@hee.nhs.uk for more information on how to do this.

 

Modules now available to book:

 

Paediatric and Newborn Critical Care Skills - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Monday 8th July 2019, Monday 16th September 2019 & Monday 9th December 2019

This module is designed to recover the essential practical skills you may want to build confidence in when Returning to training as a Paediatric or Neonatal Registrar at a district general hospital in Thames Valley after a period of leave.

Including for example the management of the unexpected extreme premature infant, acute pneumothorax on SCBU and insertion of emergency access for drugs/fluids and other skills that may be required to stabilise the critically ill child.

 

OxSTaR Non-technical Skills - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Friday 12th April 2019, Monday 10th June 2019, Friday 21st June 2019, Friday 11th October 2019 & Tuesday 7thJanuary 2020

The human factors module is a day spent considering the theory and practice of clinical human factors, and includes various team working and leadership skills. The day incorporates taught sessions, small group discussion, and exercises designed to explore the skills in the taught sessions using practical methods.

Friday 12th April 2019: FOR THIS COURSE WE ARE PROVIDING A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FREE FUNDED CHILDCARE PLACES AVAILABLE ON SITE FOR UNDER 2’s. If you are having difficulty with childcare for older children please contact us and we may be able to help

 

OxSTaR Consolidation Simulation - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Monday 29th April 2019, Friday 3rd May 2019, Monday 22nd July 2019, Tuesday 23rd July 2019 Tuesday 29th October 2019 & Tuesday 21st January 2020

This multidisciplinary simulation session is designed to draw lessons from the skills and human factors modules together in as realistic a way as we can. It’s not mandatory to have attended any of the other modules before you come on the simulation day, but it would be helpful if you are comfortable with practical skills and familiar with human factors terminology.

The day will be tailored to the background of the people attending, but each scenario will be around 30 minutes long, and followed by a feedback session. There isn’t any test or assessment; this day is 100% about teaching, and offering a place to discuss any concerns or anxieties you have about getting back to the workplace.

(Please note Friday 3rd May is an overflow day, for more information please contact wendy.washbourn@ndcn.ox.ac.uk)

 

Return to Training Transfer Course - Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday 1st May 2019

This module aims to give the trainee an overview of critical patient transfers, consisting of presentations, workshops and practical simulation scenarios

 

Core Medical Skills - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Wednesday 1st May 2019, Tuesday 23rd July 2019 & Monday 11th November 2019

This skills and simulation workshop will provide an opportunity to refresh and update technical skills and knowledge relevant to your medical practice. There will be simulation scenarios to build your confidence dealing with acutely ill patients and familiarity with current guidelines. The scenarios will focus on communication skills and managing the medical take. Round robin skills station will cover various important medical procedures, e.g. Chest drain insertion, lumbar puncture, defibrillation/pacing, central line insertion, airway skills, abdominal paracentesis, IV cannulation and arterial blood gases. There will also be a refresher on radiology and investigations. All of this will be provided in a friendly supportive environment with absolutely no assessment and the opportunity to address your specific questions/worries throughout the day. Coffee and lunch will be provided FOC during the workshop

 

Cross-Specialty Day - Early July 2019 (exact date and venue to be confirmed)

This is a day aimed at a broad range of trainees – the morning will cover topics such as assertiveness, burnout and practical tips on handling the return to work. The afternoon will cover clinical updates appropriate to a range of specialties, such as paediatrics, medicine, perioperative, O&G and GP (the sessions offered are dependant on the range of trainees attending in order to make it as relevant as possible). We hope that these sessions will provide something appropriate to all trainees, but if you are unsure of the relevance to your specialty please email sarahmillette.rtt@gmail.com. We will have our popular 'break-out' room with video link for people to bring babies if they wish, and there are facilities available for expressing on request.

FOR THIS COURSE WE ARE PROVIDING A LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE FUNDED CHILDCARE PLACES AVAILABLE ON SITE FOR UNDER 2’s. If you are having difficulty with childcare for older children please contact us and we may be able to help

 

Core Anaesthetics Module - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, Wednesday 16th October 2019 & Wednesday 8th January 2020

This module is designed for anaesthetic trainees returning to clinical practice. It is a blend of simulation, including scenarios in paediatric, obstetric and general anaesthesia; and skills stations, covering airway rescue techniques, neuraxial blocks and ultrasound guided needling. 

The emphasis is on a supportive environment in which to refamiliarise yourself with key aspects of anaesthesia, with scenarios tailored to the experience level of those attending. Coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge'

 

Returning to Surgical Practice - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Ensure you are up to date with non-technical skills for surgeons to smooth your return to work. Simulations will focus on team building in theatre, on Call and on the ward. Surgical skills stations will also be Included and all stations will be tailored to delegates specialties. Coffee and lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for developing support networks for any issues you encounter returning to work. 

 

Milton Keynes Consolidation Simulation – Milton Keynes University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Monday 5th August 2019 & Wednesday 14th August 2019

This multidisciplinary simulation session is designed to draw lessons from the skills and human factors modules together in as realistic a way as we can. It’s not mandatory to have attended any of the other modules before you come on the simulation day, but it would be helpful if you are comfortable with practical skills and familiar with human factors terminology.

The day will be tailored to the background of the people attending, but each scenario will be around 30 minutes long, and followed by a feedback session. There isn’t any test or assessment; this day is 100% about teaching, and offering a place to discuss any concerns or anxieties you have about getting back to the workplace.

 

Useful Resources

HEE Supported Return to Training Report

HEE - Thames Valley: Study Leave Guidance

HEETV - Professional Support Unit

If you have any questions about SuppoRTT please contact srtt.tv@hee.nhs.uk

 

Page updated 8 April 2019

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