Paternity Leave

GP trainees are entitled to paternity leave if they have, or expect to have, responsibility for their baby’s upbringing and are either or both the biological father of the baby and or the mother’s husband or partner. Same sex partners will be included. You must have worked continuously for the same employer* for 26 weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due and from the 15th week before the baby is due up to the date of birth. Paternity leave will be granted if the time is being taken off either to support the mother or to care for the new baby.

You can take either one week or 2 consecutive weeks’ paternity leave. It cannot be taken as odd days or as 2 separate weeks. Only one period of leave can be taken, even if more than one baby is born as a result of the same pregnancy.

*  please note that GP trainees have continuous NHS employment for the duration of their GP training, however the Inland Revenue considers a move to a different trust or GP practice a break in service so you may not be entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP).  Please discuss with medical personnel or your practice manager.

Full information on Paternity leave is available to BMA members at:

Implications on Training

Whilst all employees are entitled to paternity leave as outlined above, you must inform Linda in the Sheffield GPSTP Office of your plans and whether you have taken any other leave - except for annual or study leave - in your current training year.  Trainees are able to miss 2 calendar weeks of training in any training year (pro-rata for LTFT trainees) without the need to extend their completion date.