Trainees may be absent from work for a number of reasons and periods of absence may vary in duration from a few days to several years.
Returning to work after a period of absence can be a challenging time for both learners and educators. Trainees can feel “rusty” and have reduced confidence that their knowledge and skills are at the level they were prior to absence. When returning from a period of ill health, trainees may also have specific needs which require adjustments to clinical work and training activity. Good communication between employer and training team is crucial to ensure training not adversely impacted and to ease the trainee back into the workplace and training.
This guidance does not supersede the employer’s responsibility of managing the return to work but is to ensure that educational needs and curriculum requirements are being met.