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Flexible Working Opportunities

The following flexible working opportunities are available to all Derbyshire Healthcare employees.

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Derbyshire Healthcare staff can apply to purchase extra days leave at any point during the year. The maximum number of days you can purchase is 12; this is dependent on when in the leave year you apply as it will be pro-rated for the number of months remaining in the leave year (1st April to 31st March). See further details below:

Month purchased     

Maximum number of days that can be purchased

April

12

May

11

June

10

July

9

August

8

September

7

October

6

November

5

December

4

January

3

February

2

March

1


All extra days leave must be taken by 31 March.

This scheme is available to all staff regardless of their role, area of work or length of service with the NHS.

The cost to buy an extra days leave will be one day’s pay and will be calculated in hours. Use the 'Buy Extra Days Annual Leave Calculator' to calculate an estimate of the cost before deductions such as tax and national insurance. 

Any extra days leave purchased will have an impact on your pension. Further advice can be sought by contacting the local Pensions Department on 01332 258100.

If you end your employment with Derbyshire Healthcare before 31 March you will be required to take any outstanding extra days leave entitlement purchased before your last day of work. The outstanding cost will be deducted from your final pay from the Trust.

Your application must be supported by your line manager so it is important you discuss this with them beforehand. When considering whether your application can be supported, your line manager will need to consider the interests of patients and the needs of the service. Therefore you will together need to think flexibly about how your request for extra days leave could be accommodated.

How to apply

Complete the Flexible Working Opportunities application form and submit this to your line manager. The application form this will also be required to be approved and counter-signed by your service line manager and general manager/head of service. 

Once approved, the form should be sent to the Workforce and Organisational Development Department, 1st Floor, Kingsway House, Kingsway Hospital, Derby DE22 3LZ.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application in writing.

Voluntary part-time working is available to all staff regardless of their role, area of work or length of service with the NHS and gives you the opportunity to volunteer to reduce your weekly hours of work. Part-time working hours are weekly hours of work that are anything below 37.5 hours a week.

When considering voluntary part-time working you will need to think about how a reduction in your weekly hours of work would affect your pay, leave entitlement and pension. Please use the 'Voluntary Part-time Working Calculator' to help you calculate the difference in your leave entitlement.

How to apply

To apply for voluntary part time working please complete the Flexible Working Opportunities application form.

Your application for voluntary part time working must be supported by your manager so it is important you discuss this with them beforehand. When considering whether your application can be supported, your manager will need to consider the interests of patients and the needs of the service. Therefore you will together need to think flexibly about how part-time hours could be accommodated within your role.

Please note that in addition to applying for voluntary part time working you are also able to apply to buy extra days leave as detailed above should you wish.

Derbyshire Healthcare recognises the need for staff to balance paid work with other commitments and responsibilities and is able to offer employees who have a minimum of 12 months continuous service with the NHS the opportunity to access a career break.

A career break enables you to take an unpaid break from your employment with the Trust for a variety of reasons in order to fulfill other responsibilities, commitments and ambitions. For example for carer’s responsibilities, training, study or time off to travel.

The minimum length of a career break is three months and the maximum length is five years. Breaks will normally be taken in a single period during any one year, however you may seek to agree more than one period. You should ideally give three months’ notice before the start of the break.

A career break cannot normally be allowed to take up paid employment with another employer except where, for example, work overseas or charitable work could broaden experience. Career breaks for these reasons will be considered on an individual basis and on their merits.

How does a career break work?

You can choose to either take an unpaid period for the duration of the career break or spread the cost over a number of months providing this is within the financial year of 1 April to 31 March. This way you will continue to receive a regular income on a monthly basis. If you choose to spread the cost over a number of months and do not return to work for the Trust at the end of the break you will be required to pay the outstanding balance to the Trust on your last day of employment.

You will continue to be an employee of the Trust during the length of the career break. However for the purpose of calculating entitlements to sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption, annual leave, contractual redundancy pay and increment dates periods of service before and after the break will be treated as continuous.

The period of the break will not count as reckonable service for pension purposes. Further advice can be sought from the local Pensions Department on how this may affect your NHS pension by calling 01332 258100.

How to apply

To apply for a career break please complete the Flexible Working Opportunities application form.

Your application for a career break must be supported by your manager so it is important you discuss this with them beforehand. When considering whether your application can be supported, your manager will need to consider the interests of patients and the needs of the service. Therefore you will together need to think flexibly about how your career break could be accommodated.

In accordance with the Flexible Working Opportunities scheme, once your application has been completed by you and your line manager, your line manager will send this to the service line manager for approval who will then pass this to the general manager/head of service for final approval. 

After this process, the application will then be submitted to the Workforce and Organisational Development Department.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing.

Further advice about Flexible Working Opportunities can be obtained by emailing WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

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