The Academy of Royal Colleges recommends that there is an assessment of doctors on return to practice after an absence of more than 3 months. The Return to work scheme reflects this but can be opted into for absences less than 3 months if trainee or Educational Supervisor feel it is necessary. Trainees returning after a period of ill health may have a phased return plan organised through occupational health, which will take precedence.
The Peninsula & Severn Paediatrics have based a scheme developed by the Wessex PGME and Health Education West Midlands.
Before the period of absence:
Form 1 should be completed 1 month before the trainee doctor is due to go on absence by the trainee doctor and their Educational Supervisor. If a sudden absence occurs then it should be completed at a mutually convenient time.
|Pre-Absence Meeting with||Discussion||Completion of Form 1|
|Educational Supervisor||Keeping up-to-date||(Pre-Absence form)|
|Use of Keeping in touch (KIT) days||Upload to ePortfolio|
|Any Other concerns/ needs|
Pre Return to Work
The trainee must contact his / her Educational Supervisor (or nominated deputy) to arrange an initial review, initially as a face to face meeting, 6 -8 weeks PRIOR to the estimated return date. This allows time for necessary adjustments to be made to the rota.
|Pre- return to work meeting||Discussion||Completion of Form 2|
|with educational supervisor||Any specific learning needs, period of observation, rota issues/ early on-call||(Pre return to work Form)|
|Use of kit days||Upload to ePortfolio|
|Up-to-date with courses|
|Are they planning to become LTFT|
|Any other concerns/ needs|
Post Return to Work
The trainee must contact his / her Educational Supervisor to arrange a Post return to Work review, as a face to face meeting, 2-3 weeks after to their return date. This form is different to their Initial placement meeting as a Post Return to Work meeting is to review the trainees progress with respect to a time of absence, however it could be done at the same time as the Trainee initial meeting.
|Post return to work meeting||Discussion||Completion of Form 3|
|With educational supervisor (ES)||Summary of ePortfolio entries & assessments||(post return to work Form)|
|Overall progress and outstanding concerns||upload to ePortfolio|
|Sign off of forms by Trainees & ES|