By implementing the Career Break Policy NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde aims to create an environment that will allow all employees to utilise their skills, talents and expertise and thereby allow it to both recruit and retain a well motivated and committed workforce.
The purpose of the career break policy is to allow employees an opportunity to leave their employment on a long-term basis mainly to undertake further education or to fulfill domestic commitments. The policy is not intended to support people in taking up alternative paid employment.
The policy will enable employees to keep up to date during their career break and help them return to work at the end of the break.
The NHS scheme provides for members of both the 1995 and 2008 sections (excluding locum practitioners) who are on an authorised break (including a career break), to choose to continue to pay contributions towards membership for a limited period. This is provided that their contract of employment is retained.
From 1 April 2013, members who choose to continue to pay contributions to the scheme can do so for a period of six months. During this period, contributions also remain payable by the employer. The member can choose to extend the period for a further 18 months. However, if this option is taken, the member would be responsible for payment of both employee and employer contributions. Please note that contributions must be paid for the first six months to allow the member the option to extend for a further 18 months if required.
Please see attached circular.