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Trainees on Parental Leave
KIT and SPLIT Days
Less Than Full Time Training
Essential Skills for Medic Mums
- BMA: Returning to Work and Your Rights as a Working Parent
- BMA: Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave
- GOV.UK: Guidance in Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave
- HSE: Pregnant Workers and Expectant Mothers - Your Health and Safety
Your trust may also have specific policies that are applicable to you, for example, a local breastfeeding policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The below FAQs specifically refer to questions you may have about parental leave. Additional SuppoRTT FAQs can be found on our generic FAQs page.
What should I discuss in my Initial Return meeting when I am on maternity leave?
A discussion will be personal to you, your reason for leave and the learning needs that you have as well as your own personal preferences. Your SuppoRTT Champion may be available to advise and advocate for you. The SuppoRTT peer mentors are also available if you wish to talk things through. If you are returning from parental leave this could include the following:
- KIT or SpLIT days
- Are there any courses on the SuppoRTT course catalogue that you want to do? Are there any specialty specific courses or workshops?
- You are entitled to 3 supernumerary days in addition to induction – how could you use these to best address your learning needs?
- Do you need and will your Trust facilitate a period off on the call rota/nights – to facilitate Breastfeeding?
What should I do if I’m worried about going back to work after maternity leave?
It is normal and completely understandable to feel this way. Being on parental leave can feel isolating if you don’t have other doctors or health professionals to talk to about your experiences. SuppoRTT offer Peer Mentoring and Coffee & Catch Up sessions where trainees can share their experiences on a 1:1 or small group setting. You can see details of the peer mentoring scheme here, or access our coffee and catch up sessions here.
What if I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to training and want to extend my Maternity leave beyond a year?
You should talk to your employer and TPD as soon as possible if you are planning to extend your parental leave. As parental leave is a statutory employment issue, your employer will provide advice on your options. Your TPD will also be able to clarify how additional time out of training may change your overall training timeline.
What should I do if I’m thinking about going LTFT?
If you are thinking about training LTFT then you need to speak to your TPD to discuss this. This discussion should take place as early as possible as it can take up to four months for the LTFT application to be reviewed. Please do not wait until your Initial Return Meeting. This is often discussed at our Coffee and Catch-Up Sessions where trainees have discussed what percentage they have chosen and discuss the pros and cons in terms of extended training time, finances and work-life balance.