Leave arrangements

cf-dentist-helping-childLeave arrangements

Leave falls into a variety of categories. Details of these can be found in the Salaried Primary Dental Care Services (SPDCS) terms and conditions of service (TCS). This document can be downloaded below.

Details of the following can be found in schedule 11 of the TCS:

  • annual leave arrangements and entitlements
  • Public holidays (the Employment Relations  advice sheet "Bank holidays and part time workers" is available to download below)
  • professional and study leave
  • sabbaticals
  • special leave. 

Maternity leave and pay

Schedule 14 of the TCS details maternity leave rights. All pregnant employees are entitled to time off with pay to keep appointments for antenatal care made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, midwife or health visitor.

The Employment Relations advice sheet "Maternity leave and pay" is available to download below.

Other types of leave include:

  • Time off for dependents / special leave

In many cases you have the right to take time off work to deal with an emergency involving someone who depends on you i.e. your husband, wife,  partner, child, parent, or someone living with you as part of your family can all be considered as depending on you. Others who solely rely on you for help in an emergency may also qualify. You can’t be penalised by your employer for taking the time off, providing your reasons for taking it are genuine.

All employees are entitled to a reasonable time off work without pay, to deal with an emergency involving a dependant as this is your statutory right. Many PCT and Trust in the UK have a 'special leave policy' and may offer a couple of days paid leave in emergency circumstance.

  • Parental, Paternity & Adoption leave 

    The Employment Relations advice sheet on "Paternity, adoption and parental leave" is available to download below. 

  • Time of in lieu (TOIL)

    An alternative to paying for overtime is to offer time off in lieu. This scheme allows employees to record hours worked to use at a later date. However TOIL should only be taken with the agreement of the employer.

  • Travel time

    Travel time should be undertaken during paid work time. It compensates an individual for having to work away from their normal base of work. Members with queries about this should check with the Employment Relations team employmentrelationsadvisors@bda.org  

Working Time Regulations

A worker's average working time must not exceed 48 hours for each seven day period unless the worker has agreed with an employer in writing that the limit should not apply. Details of these statutory regulations can be found on the BERR website.