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Document Information for GDS and PDS dentists regarding Maternity 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 performer 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 performer, 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. 

Maternity payments are superannuable at 100%.


What is the eligibility criteria?
  • The dentist's name has been included in a NHS dental performer list for a period of at least 2 years, the last 26 weeks of that period must have been continuous and must have been a period of continuous employment or engagement that required the performance of NHS dental services, this period must have immediately preceded the 15th week before the expected week of confinement;
  • The dentist has become pregnant and has reached, or been confined before reaching, the commencement of the 11th week before the expected week of confinement;
  • The dentist has ceased to perform dental services under the contractor's GDS or PDS contract in order to take maternity leave (which for these purposes includes leave for ante-natal care); and
  • The payment relates to a Parental Leave Pay Period and not to a period of sickness absence.

  • The performer is not, themselves registered as a Limited Company.
Where a dentist has undergone 1 year's approved vocational training, the 2 years shall be reduced to 1 year in terms of a dentist listed on a NHS dental performer list. Click here to read more online.

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

How do I apply?

To apply for Maternity 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 >> Application Forms >> Application for Parental Leave Payment

What evidence will I need to send?
  • A maternity certificate or other statement completed by a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife, giving the expected week of confinement of the dentist or, as the case may be, the date of confinement; 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 under 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 maternity payments in respect of a performer who is entitled to claim Statutory Maternity Allowance (SMA) as a self-employed individual, will have an amount equal to this deducted from the amount paid. If the performer is not entitled to SMA or receives an amount less than £148.68 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 a maternity leave payment, a period not exceeding 26 weeks commencing
  • not earlier than the 11th week before the expected week of confinement, nor later than the expected week of confinement, or
  • if confinement occurs prior to the 11th week before the expected week of confinement, on the Monday immediately before the actually date of confinement, in respect of which a claim for payments is made by or in respect of a person taking maternity leave (which for these purposes includes leave for ante-natal care) under this Section or Determination VI of the SDR
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