Returning to work?


There are many reasons for an anaesthetist to be away from the normal working environment for a period of time, be it months or years.


Below are various documents which are available, but usually difficult to find, for your information which will hopefully guide you accordingly.


If you have any further questions relating to anything within this page, then our LTFT Training Representatives will be more than happy to help you.


Returning to work (after a period of absence) - RCoA Recommendations, 2015 (click here)


There are no mandatory requirements that dictate what preparation is necessary before returning to work.  However, you have a duty to ensure that you are safe to return to practice. It is normal to lack confidence and you can use this period to address this, before you may be working solo again.


You may like to consider the following suggestions based on the guidance from the RCoA and AoMRC:


  • If you are on maternity leave you are entitled to take up to 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) Days.  These can be used to attend courses you feel would be beneficial, or you can spend them at work re-orientating yourself.   Any payment for these days will need to be negotiated on an individual basis with the anaesthetic department responsible for paying your maternity pay.


  • There are several Return to Work Courses available to anaesthetists returning from a break. 

    • Giving Anaesthetics Safely again simulation courses (see useful links below)

    • AAGBI Return to Work Seminars

    • RCoA and AAGBI Regional Core Topics Days are useful updates in recent advances.


  • Your personal CPD to prepare for returning to work should include:

    • Familiarisation with any recent updates to guidelines that have been published during your period of leave.  For e.g. Difficult Airway Society Guidelines, Resuscitation Council Guidelines, GMC Guidance, AAGBI publications

    • Reading the “Professionalism in Medical Practice” section in the RCoA Aug 2010 CCT in Anaesthesia

    • Revision of the management of anaesthetic emergencies as necessary.


Return to work paperwork (click here). 


This link takes you to paperwork used by the Anaesthetics Department at Barts Health, but can be adapted for use within other Trusts, with their approval.