Return to work

Returning to practice following a prolonged absence from anaesthetics can be daunting especially with the prospect of solo lists and on-calls. This may apply regardless of whether you are returning to work from maternity leave, following a period of ill-health or have been pursuing other professional goals such as research or a period of Intensive Care Medicine training. In the past information about the effect of taking time out of work was limited to anecdote. 

In 2012, the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) published guidance on returning to practice (including those returning to their usual practice after working in a different clinical field). The AoMRC was concerned that there was a perceived lack of guidance on supporting a return to practice, potentially compromising patient safety, and so established a working party.  The recommendations of the working party define a prolonged absence as more than three months and give examples of checklists which should be used pre and post absence to allow an individualised action plan to be formulated to support the doctors’ return to practice. The RCoA subsequently updated their return to work guidance using the framework suggested by the AoMRC.

Here is a list of useful articles about returning to work. There is more information about this in the AAGBI GAT Handbook.

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