Extra annual leave or unpaid leave if staff go abroad and must self isolate afterwards?

24th June 2020

Extra annual leave or unpaid leave if staff go abroad and must self isolate afterwards?

If staff go abroad and must self isolate afterwards, should that be extra annual leave or unpaid leave?


This is based on the current government guidelines that may change over time and you do have some options here for you. Initially, it is worth exploring if they can work at home so they remain isolated but can continue to do work such as telephone calls - if the phone systems allow – summarising, chronic disease reviews for nursing teams and general administration. The other option is to request they take further annual leave or unpaid leave. You may wish to explore when the holiday abroad was booked and enforce additional annual leave if booked after the government guidelines were in place as they booked the holiday with that prior knowledge. Please also check your contracts of employment.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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Tracy has worked in general practice management for over 13 years with a passion for turning around vulnerable or struggling practices and making a difference to patients. Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Practice Manager Specialist Adviser since 2014 along with being a peer appraiser, national trainer, dementia friend champion and a trustee board member with her local Healthwatch.

Tracy also worked nationally for 18 months as the General Practice Development and Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead supporting practices, PCNs and federations.

Tracy is a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a fellow with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) holding postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership.

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