Returning to health and social care careers

Many people take a break from working for one of many reasons – starting a family, caring for someone, a career change.


There are always opportunities for you to come back into health and social care at a time that is right for you. How you do this will depend on your profession, where you are in the country and how much time you have been away. For more detailed information on returning to NHS roles, please see the health careers website.


Sam works as a speciality doctor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. She initially trained as a General Practitioner which she did for four years before leaving the health care sector due to family commitments. After nine years out of health care she decided she would like to return to the workforce within emergency medicine. In this video, Sam talks about the support she received whilst returning to the workforce and how she is able to manage a work-life balance after her return.

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