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Secondments

The Secondment Policy is accessible to all employees within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and applies when an employee wishes to undertake a temporary move (secondment) to another organisation, or to a different post within this organisation, for a defined period of time.  There is no automatic right to a secondment, however, no application will be unreasonably refused. 

Secondments offer the opportunity for individuals to develop new skills or enhance existing skills but should also be mutually beneficial to the Organisation.  The policy sets out guidance on types of secondment, suitable opportunities and arrangements as well as defining roles and responsibilities within the secondment process.

Top Tips on using the Policy........

  • Discussions should take place between employee and current manager before an application for secondment is made.
  • Secondments vary in length but usually last between 3 months and 2 years.
  • A secondment agreement, signed by the relevant parties, should be in place prior to the secondment commencing.
  • Employees and their substantive manager are mutually responsible for ensuring they keep in touch during the secondment.

Clear arrangements for return at the end of secondment should be set out and detailed in the secondment agreement.

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