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Taking a career break for family reasons

Dentists, like other professionals, have to consider a number of issues when taking a period of parental leave:

  • from a professional viewpoint, when is the best time to have a break?

  • how can any financial losses be minimised?

  • what are your maternity/adoption/paternity rights?

  • who will discharge your professional responsibilities while you are on a break?

  • if you own a sole practice, who will manage it for you in your absence?

  • if you decide to take a long break, how will you keep in touch?

  • how to work when you return - would a change of sphere or pace of practice be helpful?

  • what about working part-time?

  • where do you get personal help and advice?