This page signposts doctors to resources which will support their return to work after a period of absence.
Doctors may be absent from work for a variety of reasons, such as maternity leave, illness, career breaks and so on. It is important to support doctors returning to work to ensure patient safety and quality of care are maintained.
- The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) return to practice guidance is designed for doctors who have been away from work for 3 months or longer. It provides checklists and action plans to help doctors identify any potential issues, training needs and support required by the returning doctor. The guidance doesn’t assume that the returning doctor is not fit to practice or that the doctor will necessarily require re-training – it is highly unlikely that a doctor will require formal re-training after a shorter absence such as 3 months.
- The RCOG’s returning to training guidance provides information and a sample scheme for trainees who are returning to the specialist training programme in O&G after a period of absence.