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 I 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 initial return to training 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

3. Consider any courses you need to attend while you are out of training – see here. 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

4. Consider free coaching – apply here . If you are on maternity leave, you may also wish to consider the Leadership Academy’s Return to Work Mentoring programme.

5. Keep checking the website for further news, courses and resources.

6. 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.

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

Who are KSS local SuppoRTT champions?

If you are a GP trainee please visit the GP SuppoRTT page here.

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

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Urmila Singh

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Jalal Maryosh

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Anoop Saraf

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Emma Townsend and Cherry Taylor

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Ginny Bowbrick

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

Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Claire Galtrey
Kirsty Smith

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
Kathleen Potter

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Ruth Hartley, Victoria Bates
Tina Suttle-Smith

Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust
Aaron Vallance

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Jess Felton
Nora Tester
Stuart Morley

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Ratan Alexander

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Emma Glasgow

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Kristina Antonova

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
David Beattie
Sam Vaughan
Sandra Samuel