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), has changed 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)

RCoA Return to Work Website:

Flexibility in training | The Royal College of Anaesthetists (

RCoA Return to Work Training & Events:

| The Royal College of Anaesthetists (

HEE Return to Work Website:

HEE Return to Work Training & Events:

Dr Nicky Osborn (Regional Advisor – West Midlands, South) runs Return to Work Courses throughout the year.  Please contact Dr Osborn to find out when the next one is and to book your place. 

PGDiT Representatives:

You can also seek advice from Dr Sarah-Jane Dunn and Dr Beth Lewis