Returning to Work

A large number of our staff take time away from work for a variety of reasons – research, caring for a relative, travel or maternity/paternity leave. Coming back to the workplace is not always easy and can be quite daunting.

There has been relatively little work to understand what the isses are, and these will vary from person to person. A recent study (Brightwell 2013) identifed the headings as these:

  • Attrition of Skills
  • Lack of adaption by the department to returner’s abilities
  • Logistics worries
  • Changed priorities
  • Emotional impact of caring for sick patients (having not experienced that for the time away)

St George’s is developing support to help with this transition:

Return to Work Course

Return to Work Resources