Staff terms and conditions

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Due to the exceptional circumstances, it has not been possible to follow the usual processes of co-production with our trade union partners. However, the NHS Staff Council Executive has provided input and will be involved in the development of further updates.

The aim of this section is to ensure that the operation of national terms and conditions reflect the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and the reliance on our NHS staff at this difficult time. This is temporary guidance and will be regularly reviewed during the COVID-19 emergency period.

The overriding principle is that all steps should be taken to ensure staff do not feel forced to work if they become unwell and that they are given as much flexibility as is possible, as far as circumstances allow, to help them maintain their health and wellbeing so that they are able to continue to use their skills and experience for patients in the fight against COVID-19.

This guidance applies to NHS organisations; to outsourced services and to NHS services commissioned from non-NHS organisations. Where the guidance specifically refers to national contracts, it applies to those staff covered by national contracts.

Primary care workforce

Separate guidance will follow shortly on the primary care workforce. In the meantime, please send any primary care enquiries to england.gpcontracts@nhs.net


COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Quarantine and self-isolation on entering or returning to the UK

Guidance on managing quarantine and requests for leave.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Recording COVID-19 related absences on the ESR

Recording COVID-19 related absences on the Electronic Staff Record.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Self isolation

Find out how to manage self-isolation in your organisation.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Sickness absence

Details on managing sickness absence during COVID-19.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Other forms of absence

Guidance on how to manage forms of absence such as carers leave and special leave in your organisation.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Annual leave

Guidance on managing annual leave for your staff at this time.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Additional work to support the emergency

Guidance on how additional time should be paid during this emergency, including for students and apprentices.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Returning to work in the NHS

Access information for terms and conditions of staff returning to the NHS workforce during this period.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

NHS Pension Scheme

Find out how the NHS Pension Scheme will be affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Working hours and working time regulations

Understanding working hours and working time regulations during COVID-19.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Reprioritising existing work

Consider which non-urgent work can be re-prioritised in order to help manage your workforce priorities.

COVID-19 FAQs

Staff terms and conditions FAQs

Read frequently asked questions about pay, terms and conditions of service during COVID-19.

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