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Claim for maternity, paternity, adoption and long term sick leave

Published on 16 July 2021

Allowances are available to registered dentists for maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

You can only make a claim if your name has been included on the dental list for at least two years.

Maternity leave payments

This allowance is for registered dentists who give birth to a child after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Maternity leave can start before the expected date of the child being born.

Maternity leave payments are made for up to 26 weeks, at a maximum of £1,399 per week.

To make a claim for maternity leave payments, please download and complete a GP203 claim form or request one from your local NHS board.

You’ll need to produce the MATB (1) certificate, provided by the hospital, as evidence of pregnancy.

Paternity leave payments

You can claim this payment if you’re a registered dentist whose partner or wife has given birth to your child.

Paternity leave payments are made for up to two weeks, at a maximum of £1,399 per week.

To claim this allowance, please download and complete a GP225 claim form or request one from your local NHS board.

Adoption leave payment

You can claim this payment if you’re a registered dentist who has adopted a child.

Adoption leave payments are made for up to 26 weeks, at a maximum of £1,399 per week.

To claim this allowance, please download and complete a GP226 claim form or request one from your local NHS board.

Long-term sick leave payments

If you’re a dentist and unable to provide general dental services due to long-term sickness, you can claim for the sick leave payment.

These payments are made after a period of four weeks up to 22 weeks, and pay out a maximum of £349 per week.

If you need to claim for long-term sick leave, your name must have been included on the dental list for at least two years.

To make a claim, please download and complete the GP202 claim form or request one from your local NHS board. You’ll need to submit your sickness certificate alongside your form.