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Document Information for GDS and PDS dentists regarding adoption leave payments

Employees of contractors will have rights to time off for ante-natal care, maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave and parental leave if they satisfy the relevant entitlement conditions under employment legislation for those types of leave. The right of partners in partnerships to these types of leave is a matter for their partnership agreement.

If an employee, a partner in a partnership or a contractor is a dental performer, the contractor that employs or engages that dentist will be entitled under this section to payments from NHS Dental Services in respect of a period of maternity leave, paternity leave or adoption leave taken by that dentist, providing the eligibility criteria is satisfied and the relevant payment conditions are not breached. However, nothing in the conditions for payments to contractors under this section shall be interpreted as qualifying a dentist's statutory rights.

Adoption leave payments are 100% superannuable.
 



What is the eligibility criteria?

A contractor is entitled to receive an adoption leave payment in respect of a dentist that it employs or engages if:

  • The dentist's name has been included in a NHS dental performer list for a period of at least 2 years, and the last 26 weeks of that period must have been a period of continuous employment or engagement that required the performance of NHS dental services, immediately preceding the date of adoption;
     
  • The dentist has become the adoptive parent of a child and is the main care provider of that child;
     
  • The dentist has ceased to perform dental services under the contractor's GDS contract in order to take adoption leave; and
     
  • The payment relates to a Parental Leave Pay Period and not to a period of sickness absence,

Location: Dental Services Homepage >> FP17 Processing and Payments >> SFE Payments >> GDS or PDS Statement of Financial Entitlement
 


 
How can I apply?

To apply for Paternity leave payments you must complete the Application for personal payment under the Statement of Financial Entitlement form from our website. Click here to download the form.

Location: Dental services homepage >> FP17 Processing and Payments >> SFE Payments >>Application Forms >> Application for Parental Leave Payment
 



What evidence do I need to send?

In cases of adoption within the UK:

  • Documents showing the date on which the child is expected to be placed for adoption or the actual date of the placement, the date the adopted was notified of being matched with the child; and
     
  • written confirmation from the contract holder that the adopting dentist is or will be the main care provider for the child; and
     
  • a declaration in writing from the contractor that to the best of its knowledge, with regard to the period to which the claim relates, no claim for sickness leave payments has been made by it or any other contractor.

In cases of inter-country adoption:

  • The date on which the adopter received official notification, the expected date the child will enter the UK or the date upon which the child did enter; and
     
  • a copy of the official notification and evidence of the date of the child's arrival; and
     
  • written confirmation from the contract holder that the adopting dentist is or will be the main care provider for the child; and
     
  • a declaration in writing from the contractor that to the best of its knowledge, with regard to the period to which the claim relates, no claim for sickness leave payments has been made by it or any other contractor.


How much am I entitled to receive?

The amount to which the contractor is entitled in respect of parental leave payments is a weekly amount, calculated on the basis of the dentist's estimated monthly Net Pensionable Earnings/Net Pensionable Earnings Equivalent (NPE/NPEE), which will usually be the amount that features in respect of that dentist on the contractor's Monthly Pay Statement, plus estimated monthly Pensionable Earnings in respect of any Monthly Seniority Payment to which they're entitled to Immediately before the parental leave is taken (Compass uses the latest figure held on the date the entitlement starts).

This monthly amount is to be multiplied by 12 and then divided by 52 to produce the weekly amount of the parental leave payments.

Claims for adoption payments in respect of a performer who is entitled to claim Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) as a self-employed individual, will have an amount equal to this deducted from the amount paid. If the performer is not entitled to SAP or receives an amount less than £145.18 from DWP, evidence in the form of a confirmation letter from DWP also needs to be provided.

From October 2017 a ceiling on the parental payments a dental provider can claim was reintroduced. The weekly payment ceiling is £1,660 for dental performers, and £3,630 for orthodontic performers. An orthodontic performer is a performer who earns 50 per cent or more of their weekly net pensionable earnings from the provision of orthodontic services.

A performer who provides orthodontic services but earns less than 50 per cent of their total weekly net pensionable earnings from these services will be treated as a dental performer. The ceilings will be adjusted annually to reflect the DDRB pay award for that year (if any).
 



What period of absence can I claim for?

  • in the case of an adoption leave payment, a period not exceeding 26 weeks which immediately follows the date of the adoption
     
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