Sickness Absence

GP Trainees

Although the need to take prolonged sickness absence is rare for our trainees, it is an unfortunate fact of life that illness can happen to anyone. In each of your posts your employer will be the main contact, and you will be expected to provide appropriate medical evidence for any period of sickness longer than the statutory period that is covered by a self certificate.

You will be paid whilst sick, up to the maximum period allowed under the regulations. In order to ensure that your learning is not disadvantaged, you will need to make up any time lost that is greater than 14 working days (including weekends on-call) in any one year.

The employing Trust and HEKSS GP School will organise this in an appropriate placement if it is not possible to do this in the same post that you were in when you went off sick. The School will ensure that any trainee who has health problems that might affect their training has full support, and will ensure that Occupational Health support is provided. We will also support Trusts and GP Practices in making appropriate adjustments to the training timetable of any trainee who would benefit from this.

The Deanery needs to be informed if you have more than 14 days sick leave in any one training year. This has to be included on the Form R which is submitted annually to the ARCP