New guidance for occupational shared parental leave and child bereavement leave

NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook

New guidance is now available for employers of staff under the NHS terms and conditions of service (Agenda for Change) around occupational shared parental leave (section 15, England & Wales) and child bereavement leave (section 23, England & Wales).


The NHS Staff Council have recently endorsed two new guidance documents as part of its work to support the implementation of the framework agreement for the 2018 contract


Occupational shared parental leave

This guidance document provides five example scenarios detailing how occupational shared parental leave works in practice. The document outlines three separate steps that can be used to determine the amount of shared parental leave, statutory pay and occupational pay an NHS employee may be entitled to. This should allow employers to apply the same logic to real-life situations.

Child bereavement leave

The child bereavement leave brief provides a summary of the new occupational provisions and outlines good practice approaches employers and managers should consider in instances where they are supporting staff through a child bereavement. The briefing also highlights the areas that a bereavement can impact upon and provides links to useful resources.

The NHS terms and conditions of service can be read and downloaded in full via our digital handbook.

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