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ScotGovApril 4 2016

An NHS Circular clarifying arrangements over reimbursement for locums covering maternity, paternity and adoption leave has been issued in Scotland.

It sets out how the details within the Statement of Financial Entitlements have changed, coming into effect from April 1. The changes mean that a” contractor is entitled to a payment of the costs of locum cover actually incurred, up to the maximum amount payable” as set out in the SFE.

Where a payment is authorised, Health Boards are required to provide reimbursement in respect of locum cover as £1131.74 per week for the first two weeks and then £1734.18 per week thereafter. this is an increase from £982.92 and £1,506.15, respectively, that was in place in 2015-16.

Health Boards are required to pay for locum cover for any employee or partner who is “a performer under a GMS contract” who takes maternity, paternity or adoption leave where:

  • the leave is for more than one week
  • the performer is entitled to that leave, and
  • the contractor is not claiming another payment for locum cover in respect of the performer on leave.

Health boards will have to determine whether or not it was necessary to engage the locum, with the NHC Circular setting out principles it should take into account. The circular also sets out that conditions required for the evidence that needs to be supplied to trigger the payment.

Link:

NHS Circular PCA(M)(2016)(01)

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