Lead Employer Global


Welcome to this week’s Lead Employer Global


Please email: communications.leademployer@sthk.nhs.uk



We will be sharing weekly updates to communicate key messages that we think will benefit you during your employment and training. As always, we want to ensure that communications are tailored to suit your needs and would therefore love to hear from you if you have any feedback.





Wellbeing Resources

We have recently created a document displaying and signposting you to the most useful wellbeing support currently available to you as an NHS colleague. This document covers resources available for a range of topics including: mental health issues, financial struggles, domestic abuse and more.


Please click here to access the document in full.  





We would like to remind you of our regularly updated COVID FAQs. You can find a set of FAQs for both trainees and Host Organisations on our dedicated COVID webpage. 


If, following a review of our FAQs, you feel you have a query that hasn’t been answered, please submit it via our online form. 



Mental Health / Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Over the last 6 months there has been many articles in the media published highlighting an increase in alcohol and substance addiction. The last 6 months has presented extremely challenging and difficult times for many individuals, particularly people who are living alone and are separated from family and friends. We know that unfortunately colleagues can experience issues with alcohol and/or substance misuse and addiction. There are many support networks available to people suffering from addictions. We encourage any colleague who is in this position to seek help and advice at the earliest opportunity either via our Lead Employer Case Management or Health, Work and Wellbeing Teams.


We would also like to take this opportunity to signpost colleagues to the Practitioner Health Programme. This is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England who are experiencing mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. This service can help with issues relating to mental health concern including stress, depression or addiction problems, in particular where these may affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to our doctors and dentists and is available in various locations across England.


Visit their website for more information or call: 0300 0303 300 (Monday – Friday 8am-8pm / Saturday 8am-2pm)



Contacting the Lead Employer

We would like to remind colleagues of the generic Lead Employer email addresses you should be using to direct your queries to us:


North West (Cheshire and Mersey) – lead.employer@sthk.nhs.uk 

West Midlands – leademployerwestmids@sthk.nhs.uk

East of England – leademployereoe@sthk.nhs.uk 

East Midlands – leademployer.eastmids@sthk.nhs.uk 

London and the South East – lead.employer@sthk.nhs.uk

Thames Valley – leademployerTV@sthk.nhs.uk


You can find a full list of Lead Employer contact details on our website.

Click here for more information.




Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. The RMBF’s help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.


For more information, please click here. 



COVID Risk Assessments

We would like to remind colleagues who fall within one of the following risk groups to please contact your Host Organisation for a local risk assessment, if you have not already had one:


  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff (BAME), aged 55+, particularly those with co-morbidity
  • White European ethnicity aged 60+
  • Male
  • Underlying health conditions (hypertension, CVD, DM, CKD, COPD, Obesity)
  • Pregnancy

Please could you ensure that a copy of the completed risk assessment is forwarded to the Lead Employer HR Case Management team: leademployer.casemanagement@Sthk.nhs.uk.


Risk assessments can be found by clicking here 


If following this risk assessment, you require further advice or guidance, please contact the HR Case Management Team via the email address above. A copy of the risk assessment should be kept for your personal records.




Junior Doctor Forums

Dr Peter Arthur is the Guardian of Safe Working for GP, Public Health and Palliative Medicine trainees who are in placements with less than 10 trainees.


The JDF meets on a quarterly basis to discuss the 2016 contract, working conditions, education and training issues and best practice.


JDF invites are sent out to all colleagues working within a placement with less than 10 trainees. Trainees working within a Host Organisation should receive an invitation to attend their local JDF within their current hospital trust placement.


To read the latest reports from previous JDFs, view when the upcoming dates are taking place and to keep up to date with the latest information on the Guardians of Safe Working, please visit our website. 





Exception Reporting

If you are based in any of the above, are employed under the 2016 TCS and need to exception report, then you will need to access the ALLOCATE reporting system. On commencement in post, you should have received direct access to Allocate via email (from Allocate). If you have not received this email and do not have an exception reporting login, please email a member of the ESR team at ESR.leademployer@sthk.nhs.uk


Exception reporting log in details for trainees on placement within a Hospital Trust will be provided directly by your Host Trust.




Viewing your Payslip and ESR Contact Details

Your payslips are accessible through ESR Self-Service – this will be accessible via a username and password. It is vital that you keep your contact details up to date to ensure that you are receiving the most up to date Lead Employer communications. We suggest that you check your ESR account details regularly to ensure that your contact email address is your work address, rather than your personal.


For more information on how to do this, please visit our website.  




Understanding your Payslip and Tax Queries

Pay day this month is on the 28th October. If you require assistance interpreting your payslip, please take a look at our dedicated payroll section entitled ‘understanding your payslip’. You can visit this page at your own convenience by clicking here.  


Please do ensure that you review your payslip in line with your work schedule. If you have a query in relation to your payslip, please email us with as much detail of this issue and we will respond to you within 48 hours. We understand the impact of financial distress caused by an issue with pay, therefore please do ensure you include in your email subject matter ‘Urgent – Pay Query’ and send on to the relevant email address and we will endeavour to respond within the above timescale.


As you are aware, your Host advises the Lead Employer of your pay details via your work schedule and there may be a requirement for the LE teams to go back to them for clarification. Where, due to a discrepancy on your work schedule, your salary is incorrect, we will work with your Host to ensure that this is rectified through the next available pay date.