Supported Return to Training 


Trainees may take time out of training for several different reasons and for varying lengths of time. Health Education England understands that regardless of the reason, returning to training can be a difficult and stressful time for a trainee. If this is you, be reassured that you are not on your own; Health Education England and your SuppoRTT team are here to help.  

Although this HEE initiative was introduced to support doctors returning to training posts, we are proud to say that in the South West, doctors in non-training posts who have had a break of longer that 3 months from clinical practice are also able to benefit from most aspects of the SuppoRTT programme.  More information can be found in the FAQ section.

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

Did you know that there is a regional Supported Return to Training Guidance document? If you have been absent for a period of 3 months or over, it is strongly recommended that you follow it. It has been designed to be flexible and to consider the differing nature and length of absence, as well as the specialty and stage of your training. This will help to ensure that you can safely return and practise within your training programme.

Our regional SuppoRTT programme includes enhanced supervision, clinical simulation days, mentorship and coaching, resilience training, practical advice and sign posting.  

All trainees can also use the "My SuppoRTT" website access a wealth of information tailored towards your specialty and/or region.  

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


Background and South West Team

The SuppoRTT Process and online forms

SuppoRTT Champions

Local and National Courses


Resilience and Wellbeing


Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions