Types of Leave

Annual Leave

Annual Leave depends on your time in NHS Employment – please contact the Single Lead Employer to confirm your allowance and any restrictions on when leave can be taken. You must also inform your placements of your intention to take A/L, and consult with them with regard to their notice requirement as it may not be possible if timescales do not allow.

Study Leave

Study Leave guidance can be found on the Thames Valley Deanery site

Sick leave

If you are not fit to fulfil your normal working duties you should take sick leave which will be paid in accordance with standard NHS policy as detailed in your contract of employment. You should let your practice (or PDs and trainer if it is a Tuesday) know as early as possible that you are sick and will not be able to come to work. At induction your practice will let you know how they would like you to do this.

For the first working week you are sick you should fill in a self certification form, after this you will require a sick note from your own GP or specialist. Please note that any time off in addition to annual leave and study leave over 14 days in a full ST year will need to be made up at the end of your training programme. This is to ensure that you have enough training time to achieve the required competencies. Such time off will include sick leave, unpaid leave, compassionate leave, leave for childcare etc.

Maternity and Paternity Leave in GP Jobs

If you become pregnant during the scheme, please inform your educational supervisor, GP trainer (if this is different to your ed sup), practice manager, programme directors and Barbara Gow.  We appreciate as much notice as possible both for future planning and so that we can support you through your pregnancy.  Please let us know your EDD, the date you plan to start your maternity leave, the date you plan to return and whether you plan to work full or part time on your return.  Under normal circumstances you should have informed us by the end of the 15th week prior to the expected week of delivery or the date you want to start maternity leave if this is earlier.  You can start your maternity leave any time after the beginning of the 11th week before the baby is due.

When you return from your maternity leave you will be given the opportunity to complete your training.  However since you will have become “out of synch” with your originally planned rotation we cannot guarantee that you will return to the same practice where you were working previously or your exact choice of return date- please discus your plans for return with your educational supervisor and programme directors as soon as possible.

Fathers are entitled to take 2 weeks paternity leave- again please discus this with your educational supervisor, practice manager and programme directors as soon as possible.  Please be aware that if this takes your total leave in the year other than study and annual leave over the 2 week threshold you will be required to extend your training to make up these days- use the following chart to keep track of your leave of various types.