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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.

A dummy in a patient bed on a ward attended by two young people, one with an infant in a carrier on her chest.

Foundation trainees on a sim course

What we offer

Returning to training, regardless of the reason, can be a difficult and stressful time for trainees.

We are committed to supporting trainees to return to training after a period of extended absence (three months or longer).

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.

Trainees absent for less than three months may also opt in to the programme.

There is a range of resources available through the Deanery to support your return, including supernumerary re-orientation days, sim skills sessions, mentoring, coaching and other opportunities.

For more information about these please see the link below:

Supported Return to Training - HEE South East

This will take you to a website with all the information, but I would particularly draw your attention to the courses the Deanery run for returning trainees which can be found here:

SuppoRTT overview - OxSTaR

Important paperwork

Documents and Forms - HEE South East

KIT days

To request a payment for KIT/SPLiT days worked, please email the address below and a form will be issued to you for return to Medical Staffing.



Breastfeeding Factsheet - Your Legal Rights - HEE Thames Valley (pdf)

Supporting bereaved parents

This framework has been developed with the aim of providing support to bereaved parents who are healthcare staff after the death of a baby or child at any gestation or age.

The framework is to support bereaved parents themselves, line managers, supervisors and colleagues. It provides guidance for supporting staff in the immediate aftermath of the child/ren's death, and a framework for supporting a return to work.

Supporting OUH Staff after the Death of a Child (pdf, 290 KB)


Returning to work after the death of a baby or child - YouTube

SuppoRTT Champion

The current OUH interim SuppoRTT champion for OUH is Sarah Millette, who has personal experience of returning to traning twice herself and worked for a year as a deanery SuppRTT fellow setting up return to training days.

If you are a trainee, educational supervisors or TPD with queries about return to training in the trust please contact her.

If you are going out of training and have queries you are also welcome to get in touch.

Dr Sarah Millette

Dr Sarah Millette
Consultant Geriatrician
SuppoRTT Champion
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Last reviewed:30 October 2023