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Document Information for GDS and PDS dentists regarding Paternity 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.

Paternity leave payments are 100% superannuable.

What is the eligibility criteria?

A contractor is entitled to receive a paternity 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, this period must have immediately preceded the date of birth / adoption; and
  • The dentist’s wife or partner has given birth, or adopted a child and will be the main care provider and the dentist is also an adoptive parent of that child;
  • The dentist has ceased to perform dental services under the contractor's GDS contract in order to take paternity leave; 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.

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. 

What evidence do I need to send?

in respect of the birth of a child, written confirmation from the contractor: 
  • Is the partner of the main care provider,
  • Of the expected or actual date of birth, and
  • That the dentist is the husband or partner of the mother, will share responsibility for the child's upbringing and is taking time off to support the mother or to care for the child;
  • Is taking time off to support his partner or to care 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 are entitled to Immediately before the parental leave is taken.

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

From 1 October 2017 a ceiling on the parental leave 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).

How many weeks leave am I entitled to?

You are entitled to a maximum of two weeks paternity leave. You do not have to take the two weeks consecutively, you may split these into two separate weeks however, your leave must start within the first 26 weeks of the date of the relevant birth or adoption. If you wish to split your two weeks, you must attach a note to your SFE application form stating the start and end dates of each one-week period.

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