Changes to dental parental and sickness arrangements

Dentist and patient

NHS Employers, on behalf of NHS England, and the British Dental Association (BDA) have agreed changes to parental (maternity, paternity and adoption) and sickness leave payment arrangements.   

From 1 April 2017, a ceiling will be reintroduced to the payments dental providers can claim in respect of a performer taking parental or sickness leave. In 2017/18 the weekly ceiling will be £1,660 for dental performers, and £3,630 for orthodontic performers, which is defined for these purposes as those earning more than 50 per cent of their net weekly pensionable earnings from orthodontic activity. The ceilings will be adjusted annually to reflect the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) pay award for that year, if any.

Where a claim is made in respect of a performer who is entitled to claim Statutory Maternity Allowance (SMA) as a self-employed individual, an equivalent amount (currently £139.58 per week) should be deducted from the amount claimed. 

Amendment directions to the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE) will be available in due course along with guidance, including the claims process.

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