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Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mersey and West Lancashire NHS Trust is the Lead Employer for over 10,000 Doctors and Dentists in Speciality Training from all Speciality types across a number of NHS England (NHSE) areas.
We cover a broad range of services including HR, Payroll, Health Work and Wellbeing and many more.


9 Apr 2024

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Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

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Policy Details

Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP), Occupational Shared Parental Pay (OShPP)and
Occupational Adoption Pay (OAP)
Trainees who fulfil the eligibility criteria outlined above, the amount of OMP, OShPP
and OAP are entitled to the following:-
For the first 8 weeks of leave - full pay (less any SMP/ShPP/SAP to which they may
be entitled)
For the next eighteen weeks of leave - half of full pay plus SMP/ShPP/SAP (reduced
only to the extent that half pay and SMP/ShPP/SAP do not exceed full pay)
For the next 13 weeks of Leave – SMP/ShPP/SAP only (Extension of
Maternity/Shared Parental/Adoption Pay)
For the next 13 weeks - staff may take additional unpaid maternity/shared
parental/adoption leave making a total of 52 weeks
By prior agreement with the employer this entitlement may be paid in a different way
for example, a combination of full pay and half pay or a fixed amount spread equally
over the maternity leave period.
Trainees who are eligible for SMP/SAP/ShPP only will be entitled to the following:-
For the first 6 weeks of leave - 90% of salary
For the next 33 weeks of leave - standard rate of SMP/SAP (please check here for
current SMP/ShPP/SAP rate) or 90% of the trainees average weekly earnings if lower
The additional 13 weeks of additional maternity/shared parental/adoption leave -will be unpaid
An NHS employer will not pay more than 26 weeks,8 weeks’ full pay (including the
two weeks’ compulsory leave) and 18 weeks’ half pay, to employees accessing
occupational maternity or adoption or shared parental pay in aggregate to an eligible
couple. This is irrespective of whether one or both parents are NHS employees as
shared parental leave and pay is a joint entitlement.
Trainees who are not eligible for SMP may be entitled to Maternity Allowance (MA).
MA - either 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) or the current statutory
rate which can be found here – whichever is the lower. Maternity Allowance is tax free
and you will normally also receive National Insurance credits during the period that you
receive the allowance, which is important because they count towards your State
Pension entitlement.
MA is paid for a maximum of 39 weeks, and you can start claiming 11 weeks before
your baby is due.

How long do you have to work at the company to qualify?

Trainees must have 52 weeks continuous service with one or more NHS
Employers at the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of
childbirth, or at the beginning of the week in which they are notified of being
matched with a child for adoption, or by the 15th week before the baby’s due
date if applying via a surrogacy arrangement;

If you decide to cease employment whilst on leave what is the clawback policy?

If a trainee fails to return to work, after they have informed the Lead Employer that they
intend to do so or fails to provide evidence of employment with another NHS employer
within 15 months of the beginning of their Maternity, Adoption of Shared Parental leave,
they will be liable to repay the whole of the Maternity, Adoption or Shared parental pay
less any Statutory Pay to which they were entitled. The Lead Employer will normally
expect immediate repayment of outstanding monies.
However, if there is no right of return to be exercised because the contract would have
ended if pregnancy and childbirth / shared parental leave had not occurred or been
taken, the repayment provisions will not apply.

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