This Week’s Global – 20th January

Welcome to this week’s Lead Employer Global


We will be sharing weekly updates to communicate key messages that 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.


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COVID Vaccinations

Please be reminded that your vaccination (when available) will need to be undertaken locally by your host. If you have any queries around this, please speak to your Host Organisation in the first instance.




COVID Risk Assessments

The new electronic risk assessment form is now live on our website and has been used successfully since its launch just before Christmas. A big thank you to those who have completed the forms so far. A helpful tip for when you are completing the form is to remember that the Host Organisation email address should be that of your supervisor or other nominated individual at your placement. Please do not enter the Lead Employer email address as we are unable to undertake the risk assessment for you, this must be undertaken by your host.


The old form has now been removed from the website, for our trainees who are located in a non NHS environment such as Public Health or in a Hospice, please contact the Lead Employer at  and we will provide you with an alternative.


Risk assessments can be found by clicking here 





Annual Leave

The wellbeing of our colleagues in training remains paramount during this time and it is important that you have sufficient rest and relaxation away from the current workplace pressures to avoid burnout. We therefore continue to urge colleagues in training to take their annual leave and pro-rata this throughout the current leave year and to continue to take your pre-planned scheduled leave.


Please also remember to ensure your leave for the remainder of this current leave year, which for the majority of our colleagues in training is the end of July 2021, is pre-planned and approved by your current Host/subsequent Host Organisation to enable your full leave entitlement to be taken


For more information, please refer the Lead Employer Annual Leave Policy. 





Lead Employer Staff App – What matters to you!

Have you heard the news? We’re so close to launching our very own Lead Employer app which means you will have access to all the need-to-know LE information straight from your mobile device. From policies and forms to the latest COVID updates, this brand new app will feature the content that matters to you.


We will be sharing all of our launch information alongside how to download to your device, via the Global over the next few weeks so please look out for this.


We look forward to becoming a more mobile friendly platform, allowing you better access to our key services.






Exception Reporting (GP, Public Health & Palliative Medicine trainees who are in placements with less than 10 trainees) 

Exception reporting is designed to address issues as they arise within a training programme, so that any subsequent changes put in place as a result of discussion or more formal review can benefit the doctor in post as well as doctors moving into that placement in the future.


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 the Medical Workforce Advisor at


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


For more information regarding exception reporting please visit






North West Collaborative Bank


If you are interested in undertaking locum shifts, wanting to get experience in other Trusts or are due to rotate to another Trust in February but would like to continue working locum shifts at your current placement, the below may be of interest to you. 


St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Lead Employer has recently partnered with Trusts across the North West and workforce platform Patchwork Health to launch the UK’s largest Doctors in Training Collaborative Bank. This will allow you to undertake bank shifts across participating Trusts within the North West region and keep track of shifts worked using the Patchwork Health app.


The list of participating Trusts and key benefits to colleagues in Training can be found via our website


To book shifts available via the North West Collaborative Bank, please download the Patchwork Health app, it only takes a few minutes to sign up. 

Download via an iPhone


Download via an Android phone


For regular updates please follow @NW_collabbank on Twitter


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the team via  or 0151 290 4438/0151 290 4760





Time to Talk Mens Event – Himvisable

Time to Talk Month, which takes place in February, is a campaign which aims to help raise awareness around men’s mental wellbeing. To support this, StHK have arranged a virtual meet up specifically for men which will focus on men’s mental health and surviving in the workplace. Presented by Graham Ramsey, Mental Health First Aid Instructor and proud member of Himvisable, the virtual event will take place on Tuesday 2nd February 12:30 – 13:30 via Teams.


We would like to encourage as many men as possible to attend this event. For more information, please email or


If you would like to attend this event, please use the Teams link below:


Microsoft Teams meeting


Join on your computer or mobile app


Click here to join the meeting





Midlands move to rollout of National Relocation Framework

From 1st February 2021 all Doctors in Training within the Midlands region will move to the new National Relocation Framework when claiming for relocation and excess mileage.  Please find the guidance and claim forms in the following links  Please continue to use existing forms until you make a claim for February 2021.


Please note that the East Midlands trainees approved to remain on the East Midlands 2007 policy, should not transition to the new National Framework, but continue to use the existing forms and arrangements in place.





EU Settlement Scheme – Important Information from UK Government: Please Read

The UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.


Further details can be found in the factsheet via the link below:


Those staff residing in the UK as at 31st December 2020, have until the 30th June 2021 to apply for Immigration status.  This requirement applies to all EU nationals who do not have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.