Joint working principles for clinical academics

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The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) have provided a general checklist giving an overview of actions which need to be taken to ensure compliance with the Follett principles on joint employment of clinical academics.

This checklist is aimed at managers of clinical academic staff who work for both an NHS body and a higher education institution (HEI). The checklist principles are not intended as a comprehensive guide to compliance.

The Follett recommendations encourage a safe, accountable working environment and reinforce the principle that a clinical academic role is shared role, with multiple employers, and not an arrangement where services are supplied by one employer to another. It is on this basis that NHS bodies are able to act as honorary employers without being charged VAT by the substantive employer.

The checklist also contains links to the original report to assist with implementation, and legal guidance available from UCEA. 

The checklist can be downloaded from the UCEA website.

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