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- By: Zoe Goodman, Anne Hastie, Tim O'Dempsey
Starting in a new place of work is a regular occurrence for junior doctors on rotations moving round every six months or sometimes more often. For more senior doctors or doctors returning to medicine after a career break - general practitioners and consultants - this may be much more infrequent and therefore much more daunting.
I'm a Senior House Officer and I need to live my life for a while. Can I return to medicine in five years' time?
The flexible careers scheme currently funds doctors who want to return to hospital medicine providing they have not been out of clinical practice for more than five years. Funding is for a maximum of six months full time or equivalent part time in a supernumerary post and is subject to the individual doctor being able to organise a suitable placement. Most deaneries have an associate dean who manages the flexible careers