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HEE working to create positive culture for returning trainees

Health Education England (HEE) has collaborated with colleagues across the NHS to create a new film, aimed at promoting its SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training) programme.

The SuppoRTT programme is aimed at creating and encouraging a supportive culture for medical trainees as they return to training after time away.

Through the SuppoRTT programme, HEE intends to provide all trainees with the tools and resources to feel more confident, supported and prepared to return to training, wherever they are in England and whatever their formal training programme.

Every trainee will have different needs and, by encouraging a supportive culture at every level, HEE is working with all its system partners to enable each person to explain where they were up to and what support they specifically need.

As part of that, the programme will ensure trainee wellbeing and be in the best position to provide safe, high quality patient care.

Among the participants in the film were Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of HEE, and Prerana Issar, the NHS’ Chief People Officer.

Dr Vikram Malhotra, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine said: “Having been a trainee, and now having transitioned into a consultant role, I feel that I'm able to empathise with the trainees I am now supervising, and would like to be able to support those trainees as much as possible to create an environment which is safer for patients, and have happier, more confident doctors in my team.”

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, Health Education England added: "This is a really important step towards enabling people to return to training with the specific support they need.

“Supporting trainees returning to work helps create a safer, more positive culture for our patients and our whole NHS."

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