Returning to Work

Anaesthetists may be away from their normal woReturn to Work Imagerking environment for many reasons and these periods of absence can extend from months to years.

Click below for guidance directed at anaesthetists returning to anaesthesia after a career break. Please note this guidance is not for those who are exploring a change of specialty after a career break. 

The process for Supported Return To Training (SuppoRTT), changed last year and manual forms are no longer accepted, these are all completed electronically – see Deanery link below. 

Managing a successful return to practice is ultimately a customised journey, led by the individual and supported by their employer, with patient safety the key factor to be addressed by both parties. It is the duty of all doctors to ensure they are safe to return to practice.

Policies & Guidance:

Covering Letter




RCoA Return to Work Information publication:

RCoA Return To Work (published 2015, reviewed 2018)

HEE Return To Work Website:

There are a few ‘Returning to work in Anaesthesia’ courses available.

See the Courses page of the website for details of the Westmidlands course.