Paediatric Return to Acute Clinical Practice (PRACP) Course

Why do we have a Paediatric Return to Acute Clinical Practice (PRACP) Course?

Returning to acute clinical practice whether it is post maternity leave, research, OOPE or career break is daunting for the best of us.  There is the worry that your clinical knowledge is rusty, your resuscitation skills are not up-to-scratch and that new changes in paediatrics and training have passed you by.  Add to that any number of possible stressful factors: a new baby, a PhD to finish writing up, the challenges of working part-time, dealing with ongoing health issues, juggling academia and on-call rotas etc etc it is no wonder that many health professionals find the transition difficult. BUT… help is at hand with the PRACP course!


What does the PRACP Course involve?

This course developed by the London School of Paediatrics  is open to all members of multi-professional team returning to acute paediatrics.  The multi-professional and multi-level aspect lends itself well to simulation sessions to provide a stress-free opportunity in a safe environment to practice resuscitation and team working skills.  The course will include:

  • High fidelity paediatric simulation scenarios
  • Hot topics talk: signposting to key updates in paediatrics
  • Workshops addressing issues associated with flexible training, academic training and completing work-place based assessments, eportfolio and the RCPCH curriculum
  • Resilience workshop supported by a clinical psychologist discussing self-care, mindfulness and ways to try and balance work and life
  • An opportunity to network with other trainees returning and the course faculty with signposting to mentoring support


Who is at aimed at?

This course is aimed at anyone returning to acute paediatrics after a break for whatever reason and is open to other paediatric healthcare professionals as well as doctors.


Training Dates, Venue and Booking Information

These training days are free and will now be run SIX  times per year in each London sector.  Information on courses currently planned for 2020 is available here: PRACP 2020 flyer

To book onto the upcoming training day on the 17th January 2020 27th of February 2020, please register here:




Free coaching sessions for those returning to work.
A fantastic opportunity to receive a half day of small group free professional coaching for anyone returning to paediatric training after maternity leave, research, OOPE, career breaks or ill health.
Venue: Stewart House
Dates: 22nd February, 21st May, 8th July and 12th November 2019
Please see the flyer for more information: CoachingFlyer


Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)
SuppoRTT is a centrally funded Health Education England project to help trainees return to training. This project was formed following the junior doctor contract talks where HEE offered to enhance the return to training experience of trainees. Health Education England has since allocated funding to each region to deliver the SuppoRTT intiative.  This includes support for the PRACP course, coaching sessions and money to support a period of supernumerary working on returning to clinical practice.
Please get in contact with Trisha Radia, TPD for Return to Practice at


RCPCH Compass Webinars
You can find the following webinars on Compass
003 Webinar Archive: Returning to Paediatric Training -Essentials to ensure a successful return to work following a break from clinical practice
013 Webinar Archive: Supporting a returning trainee -a guide for educational and clinical supervisors