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The NHS ESR Central Team is making a number of changes to the Deanery Interface which will enhance the benefits that can already be realised by implementing the ESR/Deanery Interface for Medical staffing teams.  Click here<http://www.electronicstaffrecord.nhs.uk/esr-projects/deaneries-interface/> for more detailed information about the ESR/Deanery Interface.

The ESR Occupational Health Interface allows data to flow between ESR and other OH systems, preparing the transfer of records via Inter Authority Transfer into ESR which reduces the number duplicate immunisations and tests for staff moving from one employing organisation to another within the NHS.  Click here<http://www.electronicstaffrecord.nhs.uk/about-us/interface-team/bi-directional-interface-to-occupational-health-systems/> for more information.

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Code of Practice - Provision of Information for Postgraduate Medical Training
Click here to view NAMPS briefing and guidance document
Click here to view Appendix One Conditional Offer Letter

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NAMPS Guide to Pensions, and Doctors on OOP (Out Of Programme)

When trainee doctors go on approved out of programme break (which could be overseas), they often do not think about missing out on pension contributions.The doctor goes off the payroll, goes on the OOP, then when they come back into training, they ask about their pensions contributions.

 

Pensions at Fleetwood had some rule changes about employees paying their pension contributions whilst on an approved break from 2008 / 2010 (it appeared in their employers newsletter dated July 2010 ) and their pension factsheets on their website. The Fleetwood rules say that - Unless a break was agreed with the employer and NHS Pensions as pensionable prior to being taken, they can not approve and collect contributions retrospectively.

This July 2010 newsletter from the pensions agency talks about authorised leave and career breaks.  http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/Documents/Pensions/TN7_-_2010_-_Employer_Newsletter.pdf

Further information including a question and answer sheet is provided in the pensionable pay section of the Employer Toolkit on the website at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/2520.aspx

And also a fact sheet for employers..........   http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/Documents/Pensions/Authorised_Leave_-_Career_Breaks_FAQs_V1___07_2010_(V1).pdf

Pensions seem to assume that the most recent employing trust will keep the doctor contracted during the OOP. 


From Trusts viewpoint, they probably wouldn't continue a doctor on contract if the doctor was not doing clinical work in their Trust. When the doctor goes on the break, the trust will take them off payroll. The most recent Trust only pays the employer contributions if they keep that doctor contracted during the OOPE period (in which case they’re not just their most recent employer but actually remain the doctor’s employer).
Most seem to give recognition of some time out by increasing the increment when the doctor returns to the NHS, although, some may only give an increment for one year (as that is the training time the GMC has recognised...rather than the 3 years that the doctor may have taken to do a PhD)

If a doctor leaves the NHS during OOP, and they want to continue to pay into the Pension Scheme, they need to sort this out well before they go, talking to both Pensions Agency and their current trust; it may involve them paying both the employee and employer contributions. 

This was last updated October 2012

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NAMPS Guide on Reservists and extra leave for attending training camps

 

Do I have to give Reservists time off for training?

From the SABRE site: http://www.sabre.mod.uk/Reservists/You-and-your-employer/Requesting-time-off.aspx

“Although there’s no legal requirement for your employer to allow you extra time off for training, many employers are happy to do so because of the transferable skills you’ll bring back to the workplace.” Although many employers do choose to grant some additional leave, it is not a legal requirement and there may be times when you can't give Reservists time off.  See our list of publicly supportive employers to find out which organisations grant additional leave.However, you should bear in mind that the training they are getting may well complement and support your own staff development programme. Before turning a request down, try to find out exactly what's involved and think about whether the training could actually benefit your organisation. http://www.sabre.mod.uk/FAQs/Employer/Training/Do-I-have-to-give-Reservists-time-off-for-training.aspx

 On SABRE,  there is a list of public employers who support reservists. Checking the names of NHS trusts , as to whether they give an extra 2 weeks off... the vast majority of the NHS trusts on there, do give extra time off - but the wording is clever - it does not specify for each trust whether it is paid or unpaid leave.

From the NHS Employers site: http://www.nhsemployers.org/employmentpolicyandpractice/ukemploymentpractice/reserveforces/Pages/SupportforemployerswithstaffservingintheReserveForces.aspx

Under Training for reservists:-  “Many employers give their reservists extra time for this training (either by allowing them special leave or additional annual leave) as they see the benefits of their reservists new skills and the positive impact this has on the organisation.”

This was last updated August 2012

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