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Clinical radiology return to training toolkit

This return to training toolkit is aimed at any trainee who is planning an absence of 3 months or more, or who has been out of training for other reasons eg. sick leave.

The toolkit includes key forms to be used to document the process, as well as guidance on each stage to be followed. The forms are a combination of forms designed by AoMRC and the London School of Radiology contextualised to the new radiology curriculum. This aims to assess the trainee's level of entrustment against various key aspects of the radiology curriculum.

Please note these are based on the new 2021 curriculum and the capabilities in practice (CiPS) that the curriculum is now structured around. These forms are now available within the Kaizen e-portfolio and should ideally be completed within the system. They are however also available to download below as standalone documents if preferred.

The toolkit

SuppoRTT advice contextualised to radiology

Specific guidance regarding areas for focussed support include:

Out of hours supervision

It is recommended that returning trainees are omitted from the on-call rota where these require independent practice for a minimum of 4 weeks from their start date back. Where possible, provision should be made for the trainee to attend on call shifts in a supernumerary capacity prior to this.

Imaging studies/practical procedures supervision

It is expected that trainees will require additional supervision for a minimum of two weeks upon their return. The level of support required will be dependent on the trainee’s prior level of experience and time away from training.  As a guide it is expected that trainees who were previously independent or requiring minimal/indirect supervision will require 1 to 3 supervised sessions of diagnostic ultrasound, fluoroscopy and/or practical procedures.


Where possible it would be beneficial for trainees to have an allocated mentor with experience of returning to work from a period of absence. This may be an existing supervisor and/or a temporary additional supervisor if existing clinical/educational supervisors do not have experience. The period of mentorship would be expected to last for two months in the first instance.

Case studies

It's always useful to hear about others' experiences and we are grateful to Dr Kate Hawtin and Dr Louise Dickinson for sharing theirs.

  • Dr Kate Hawtin is the RCR's LTFT Training and Working Adviser and also wrote and developed the London School of Radiology's “Guidance for Radiology Trainees Returning to Work after a Period of Absence”.
  • Dr Louise Dickinson is a current trainee who has experienced returning to work after an absence twice, once before the London School's guidance was in place and once after. She also worked with Dr Hawtin to develop the London programme.


If you have any queries about the toolkit or need advice on returning to work email [email protected] 


These recommendations are a combination of guidance that has been implemented in the HEE Thames Valley and London & South East regions. A special thanks to Dr Victoria Bower, HEE SuppoRTT fellow, Dr Tom Barge, Dr Louise Dickinson, Dr Kate Hawtin, Dr Jennie Wakefield, Dr Louise Wing and  Dr Jane Young for collaborating on this project and agreeing to share their local SuppoRTT guidance.