Parents

7th September 2020 by Richard Fieldhouse

Parents

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Parenting FAQs

Will my NHS pension contributions be annualised if I go on maternity leave?

This depends on several factors – see our full article on NHS pension annualisation for more.

Why is the new model salaried GP contract worth asking for?

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.

Are GP locums entitled to statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance?

If you are a self employed locum you can not claim Statutory Maternity pay but, if you’re eligible, you 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 gov.uk website.

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"I started using LocumDeck as one of our locums used it. It was easy to see her availability and when bookings are made I get confirmation of the booking and can view them on the calendar too. When invoices are sent, I can see it on the site, and digitally sign the pension form (this is one of the best bits!). It would be good if all locums used it, as then it would be so much easier for me to track my bookings and check their availability without emailing or texting them, waiting for a reply and then emailing back to confirm. It’s a great place for their documents to sit also. I can access it from home or my mobile which is useful as when I am not in surgery is when I usually need a locum!"

Debbie, Practice Manager in St Ives

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