Returning to clinical practice
Read our guide which provides all secondary care doctors with a comprehensive, feasible, and transparent approach to returning to work by identifying a 'model process'.
During an absence
Preparing for a return to work
Assessing readiness to practice
You may need, or choose, to take long-term leave from work for a variety of reasons.
The BMA has identified the lack of a clear pathway back in to medicine for those doctors wanting to recommence work as a key issue facing the profession - particularly for those with an acquired impairment, following a period of ill health, after caring for a relative, or as a parent caring for a child.
The purpose of this document is to provide secondary care doctors with a comprehensive, feasible, and transparent approach to returning to work by identifying a 'model process', the steps that ideally need to be taken to ensure a safe and supported return to practice.
Any legal obligations that you or your employer may have are identified in the text.
The guide assumes that:
- you are a doctor who has worked, and wishes to resume work, in secondary care
- you are qualified and have completed your training.
- If you are not returning to the same speciality, please see Appendix 1
If you have particular concerns about returning to work and your General Medical Council (GMC) licence to practise and your ability to revalidate, please see Appendix 2
The Association is grateful for the help in developing this resource, provided by:
Dr Debbie Cohen
Senior Medical Research Fellow at the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University School of Medicine
Dr Julia Whiteman
Director of Appraisal Revalidation and Performance, London Deanery