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Guidance

Greater Glasgow Health Board (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde) recognises that fathers (including same-sex partners)/adoptive parents have a need and desire to spend time at home during a period of family extension, be that the birth or adoption of a child. Employees meeting the required qualifying criteria have a statutory entitlement to take up to two weeks’ paternity leave within eight weeks of the birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption.


Am I entitled to apply for Paternity Leave?

Yes, all NHSGGC employees are entitled to paternity leave providing they have or expect to have responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Depending on your length of service, this leave may be paid or unpaid.

Is Paternity Leave allocated per child?

Yes, you are entitled to paternity leave per child.


Is Paternity Leave paid or unpaid?

This depends on your continuous service with the NHS leading into the 15th week the baby is due to be born or placement for adoption. Entitlement dependent on service detailed below:

  • Less than 26 weeks, 2 working weeks unpaid leave.
  • More than 26 weeks but less than 1 year, statutory paternity pay providing you have average earnings up to and including the payday that falls on or before the Saturday of the Qualifying Week at least the weekly National Insurance lower earnings limit in force at the end of the
    Qualifying Week; and continue to be employed by the NHS up to the child’s date of birth.
  • More than 1 years continuous service – 2 weeks full pay which will include the statutory paternity pay element and made up to represent your normal working pay.

How do I apply for Paternity Leave?

You need to complete the paternity leave application form (hyperlink) at least 28 days prior to the due date detailing the expected date of birth or adoption placement, how much leave you intend to take, 1 or 2 consecutive weeks, the date the leave will start and end and the purpose of the leave.

In the case of adoption, written notice must be given no later than seven days after the matching date or as soon as is reasonably practicable.

What else do I need to know?

The policy is clear that the paternity leave can be taken as one week or two consecutive weeks but not two separate weeks at separate times.

If your partner gives birth to or adopts twins, triplets etc, the same two weeks paternity leave applies as in the case of a single birth.

If an employee does not give 28 days’ notice without good reason, the employer may delay the start of Paternity Leave and Statutory Paternity Pay until the full 28 days have passed. In each case employees will have the right to vary the date originally notified by giving 28 days’ notice, in writing.

Keeping records up to date

We need to know when you are at work and when you have any type of time off. This is important as it ensures you are paid you correctly.

All managers should ensure that SSTS is updated correctly and the payroll department is informed, where SSTS is not available

The HR Support and Advice Unit can be contacted on 0141- 278-2700 if you have any further questions or need guidance on this policy area.