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Sickness & Other Leave

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[/box] Our sickness and other leave policy is generally in keeping with the guidance issued by the RCGP (link provided in the downloads box above).  If you need time off sick, there are 2 aspects you need to think about:

  1. Your employment
    • You should contact your workplace immediately to let them know you can’t come to work. In GP this might be the Practice Manager or your Trainer, in hospital the Rota Coordinator, departmental secretary or your Clinical Supervisor.  Try to have a conversation or full message exchange – don’t just leave a message and hope it gets through. If you can give them an idea of how long you are likely to be off sick, this is helpful.
    • You must send sick notes to the correct admin department in your employing organisation – if you don’t, you may not get paid on time.
  2. Your education
    • If you are absent for more than two weeks in any one year for any kind of leave in addition to study and annual leave, the excess must be made up with additional training time at the end of your training programme.
    • If you are absent for more than the two weeks allowance, please let the following people know: 1. The Bradford Scheme’s administrator (Claire Johnson), 2. The Training Programme Directors, 3. The Deanery
    • Prior to your leave: if you have been in a post for less than three months, it will not normally count towards your CCT. Even if you have been in a post for more than three months, it is not likely to count towards your CCT unless the ePortfolio contains a substantial amount of appropriate evidence (learning log, assessments, Clinical Supervisor’s report, naturally occurring evidence and so on).
What are the  other types of leave?
The RCGP will allow time off from the training programme for sickness absence, jury service, maternity leave or paternity leave, or carer’s leave in accordance with the contractual arrangements with the current employer.  However, we would like to reiterate the fact that the total, aggregated allowance for sickness absence, jury service and or maternity/paternity leave must not exceed
  • one week in any post
  • up to a maximum of two weeks in a twelve month training period, and
  • six weeks over the three-year training period
(Please note that one year would be a calendar year beginning from programme start date).
Please keep a log…
Please keep a log of all your leave throughout your 3 year training programme (sickness, parental, maternity and anything else). ‘The ES Workbook’ will help keep a tally of these for you – you can find it under the Educational Supervision section of this website.  Remember, informing the different stakeholders who need to know is the trainee’s responsibility. Failing to do this early on will mean that any gaps that need making up in your training programme will be picked up too late to do anything about and only you lose out.

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