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 practise resuscitation and team working skills.  The course will include:

  • 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 designed by a clinical psychologist discussing self-care, mindfulness and ways to try and balance work and life
  • Case-based discussions focused on specific challenges
  • 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 pan London  Information on courses currently planned for 2024 is available here:

Upcoming dates are:

  • Friday 5th July, in person at University College London Hospital - click HERE to register
  • Thursday 8th August, in person at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - click HERE to register
  • Thursday 14th November, virtual - click HERE to register


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 initiative.  This includes support for the PRACP course, coaching sessions and money to support a period of supernumerary working on returning to clinical practice.  Please click here for more information.
Other return to training resources
HEE have created lots of wonderful resources for trainees returning to clinical practice - please click here for more information on these.
SuppoRTT Funding
HEE have made funding available for trainees to have a SuppoRTTed return to work. The funding is available to facilitate a safe and structured return.  Please discuss your return with your educational supervisor or the TPD for return to practice at least 3 months prior to your return.  To access the funding, please complete this form.  For more information, please see guidance below.
Please get in contact with Trisha Radia, TPD for Return to Practice at  or Shiri Lejay, organiser of PRACP course at
Buddy system
we are developing a buddy system for retuning trainees. If you have previously returned to training from time out and are keen to be a mentor to returning trainees, please see poster attached and email
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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