Adoption and Parental Leave

Guidance to HEKSS schools, trainees and trusts on trainees requiring adoption leave or parental (maternity or paternity) leave during their appointment to an educationally approved training programme with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex .

The aim of this document is to guide educational supervisors in supporting the training needs of the trainee at the various stages of the parental leave process. This guidance must be read in conjunction with the employers maternity/paternity/adoption leave policy which details the process as it relates to employment policy.

The terms and conditions around leave are subject to regular changes, and the educational supervisor is advised to regularly consult the guidance available via the NHS Employers website or medical staffing for up to date information.

In particular you may find it helpful to download the NHS junior doctor’s terms & conditions of service document and refer to the guidance on ‘Maternity Leave & Pay’.

As of the 3rd April 2011 the additional paternity leave policy was introduced. Eligible partners are now entitled to a period of additional paternity leave from 2 – 26 weeks. Please ensure that you are familiar with the full details of this policy via the Direct Gov website.

Please download the attached guidance document for further information specific to HEKSS.


Parent leave guidance (HEKSS 2012)
Parent leave notification form (HEKSS 2013)


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