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

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).

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):

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 Anita Mann –

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Ginny Bowbrick –

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust

Anneliese Lawn –

Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Michelle Carr –

Tian Huang –

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

Kathleen Potter –

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Ruth Hartley and 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 –