Supported Return to Training (SuppoRRT)


The Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme aims to support all trainees to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence. The programme applies to all trainees absent for three months or more, regardless of the reason. Those absent for a shorter period may also opt in.

As returning trainees are a diverse group, SuppoRTT aims to provide a bespoke, individualised package for each returning trainee, rather than a single “one size fits all” approach. This consists of:

  • a structured and systematic process for planning absence and return to training, and maintaining contact while on leave
  • a menu of options that can be built into an individualised return-to-training package, agreed between a trainee and their educational supervisor

Please contact the SuppoRRT programme manager at if you have any questions or need further information.

How can you apply?

1. Fill out a pre-absence form with your supervisor (this can be TPD, ES, college tutor, etc). This will guide your conversation around how to keep in contact while out of training and what resources you think you might need on your return.

2. Before your return fill out the pre-return form with your supervisor. This will enable you to:

  • guide a conversation to highlight any support you might need, such as supervised clinical sessions, shadowing arrangements, refresher courses and coaching
  • request supervised clinical sessions and shadowing arrangements, which must be agreed with your Head of School, Dean, Deputy Dean or Training Programme Director prior to completing the form
  • share you plans with HR/medical staffing teams

Once you have completed a pre-return application make sure you have completed the claims for reimbursement:

  • Once courses have been approved by the SuppoRTT team the trainee/applicant will need to complete a separate study leave form to claim reimbursement of these course(s). SuppoRTT courses should be clearly marked with the approval code SRTT0001. This will enable the team to ensure the claims are coded to the correct budget.
  • SuppoRTT trainees applying for other study leave courses should apply for these using the standard study leave procedures.

3. Consider any courses you need to attend while you are out of training. Please be aware that:

  • if, when completing your return to work form with your supervisor, you identify a course not currently accessible through your study budget, SRTT may be able to provide funding – a full list of courses covered by the study budget can be found on the PGMDE Support Portal
  • if the course is covered by the study budget but you cannot access the study budget funding (e.g. if you are on an OOPC, OOPE or OOPR), SRTT may be able to provide funding

When you and your supervisor are happy that you don’t need any further support you can sign off the final return to training form.

Other SuppoRRT resources and support


If you have any further queries with regards to the SuppoRTT packages available, please contact or your local SuppoRTT Champions (see below).

KSS local SuppoRTT champions

If you are a GP trainee please visit the GP SuppoRTT webpage.

The below provides the details for the SuppoRTT leads in local education providers (NHS Trusts):

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust – Anneliese Lawn

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust – Jess Felton Nora Tester 

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Urmila Singh –

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Jalal Maryosh-

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust – Ratan Alexander

Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Michelle Carr & Kirsty Smith

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership – Ivana Pristicova

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Emma Townsend and Anita Mann –  Emma Townsend & Anita Mann

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Ginny Bowbrick –

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Emma Glasgow

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

Kathleen Potter –

Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust – Aaron Vallance

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Ruth Hartley and Victoria Bates – &

Tina Suttle-Smith –

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Kristina Antonova

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust – Liza Neville

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Mary Campbell – mary.campbell10@nhs.netSam & Sandra

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Campbell –

Kate Solan –