Maternity and paternity

NASGP membership and maternity or paternity leave

NASGP membership is completely free whilst you're on parenting leave.

1. When you go off on parenting leave, cancel your NASGP direct debit.
2. Send an email to explaining you're off on leave, and give the date you're planning to return to work.

We'll then ensure that you retain your full membership. As you start planning to get back to work, you can use LocumDeck and Instant Book completely free to get your work up and running again.

If you're not yet an NASGP member but are on parenting leave:

1. Sign up as an Associate member (free).
2. Send an email to explaining you're off on leave, and give the date you're planning to return to work.

And we'll set you up too for free full membership. I'm afraid we don't offer any babysitting services, so please don't ask :o)

Study on the educational needs of GPs returning to work after parental leave

I am looking for volunteer interviewees for a study on educational needs on return to work following parental leave. If you have returned to work in the last 18 months following your first period of parental leave and would be willing to be interviewed for up to 30 minutes via FaceTime or Skype, please email me on for more information.


Maternity pay or maternity allowanceIf you are a self employed locum you can not claim Statutory Maternity pay but, if you're eligibleyou can claim standard-rate Maternity Allowance; you can claim as soon as you’ve been pregnant for 26 weeks, and payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due.

Fill out the simple application form on the website.

More on paternity and maternity

Because amongst other things it includes:

  • An entitlement to one session of CPD per week for full time (and pro rata for part time)
  • Paid time for practice meetings
  • Whitley council pay for sick and maternity pay
  • Recognition of all previous NHS work experience as "continuous" for the purpose of these entitlements

But beware:

  • Some employers are refusing to recognise previous NHS service as continuous so you must ensure that the contract you sign has an agreed date from which you are considered to have started in the NHS (usually when you started working unless you have taken large breaks)
  • Ensure that you agree some form of annual pay rise, including seniority, as there is no provision for this in the contract and the current recommended pay range does not include a "ladder" which you can climb up automatically (unlike salaried hospital doctors).
  • Check any amendments suggested by your employer with your local BMA Industrial Relations Officer.

This depends on several factors, see our full article on NHS pension annualisation.

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