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.


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




This weeks edition includes topics on:

    • Lifting of Lockdown – Remaining Restrictions
    • Wellbeing Resources
    • Indemnity Policy 
    • Risk Assessments
    • Responsibility to check Payslips
    • Query of the week -Confirmation of Employment
    • Samaritan’s Talk to Us Campaign
    • North West Collaborative Bank





This weeks Key Updates




Lifting of Lockdown – Remaining Restrictions


With the lifting of restrictions on Monday 19th July, we want to remind all colleagues of the current NHS guidelines that are to stay in place for medical settings.


    • NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
    • Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

For further guidance on the current NHS guidelines please take a look at the below links :


NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings 


Face coverings and social distancing to remain in place in NHS settings  




Wellbeing Resources


We understand that with the easing of restrictions, there may come heightened feelings of anxiety or stress due to the lack of social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. If this seems to be an issue that is currently affecting you, then please take a look at the below NHS England link that discusses this topic and provides coping techniques/strategies to adopt during this current phase –



Please be reminded of the wellbeing support and resources that you have access too Visit the Health, Work and Wellbeing section of our website for more information.


Additionally, why not take a look at the following wellbeing resources accessible to all:


www.hubofhope.co.uk – Simply enter your postcode to find local services


https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ – Led by Doctors – Supporting Doctors Mental health


https://people.nhs.uk/ Range of resources, courses and support lines




Indemnity Policy 


Please note, if you have an indemnity policy arranged by Health Education England, this will expire on 5th August 2021. The new indemnity contract, which will take effect from 5th August 2021, will include the trainees listed in the below speciality training programmes.


Specialties covered include:

      • General Practice
      • Public Health
      • Palliative Medicine
      • Occupational Medicine
      • Community Sexual Reproductive Health
      • Genitourinary Medicine
      • Sport and Exercise Medicine – Aviation and Space Medicine


If you do not wish to take up the offer of being a part of the block indemnity cover, please contact your relevant Health Education England region.




Risk Assessments


At the Lead Employer we have continued to work collaboratively to embed a consistent and compassionate approach to successfully support our trainees, particularly the vulnerable and high risk categories of staff. In this respect, we would like to remind trainees of the importance of ensuring that a COVID-19 Risk Assessment is undertaken at their current Host Organisation, if not already done.


The Lead Employer COVID Risk Assessment e-form allows us to provide rapid responses to those identified as being high risk and who may require adjustments/input from Health, Work and Wellbeing. The link to this form can be found on the COVID section of our website.


Additionally, we would like to remind colleagues that a new Risk Assessment should be completed at each change of rotation, to take into account changes in the workplace environment that may impact the Risk Assessment score.




Responsibility to check Payslips


We strive to ensure accurate pay is received every month and any over/under payments on salary avoided or addressed in a timely manner.  Please ensure that you check your payslip against the pay elements indicated on your work schedule on a monthly basis and notify the Lead Employer immediately should you have any questions with your pay or believe it to be incorrect.


Your payslip is located on ESR, should you not have access please contact ESR Leademployer ESR.Leademployer@sthk.nhs.uk to be set up with a login and password.


Please note: P60’s are available to view and print-off via the ESR self-service website, please ensure that you review and print or save a copy for your personal records.


Please also see link on the Shared Services website to understanding your payslip.


For colleagues due to leave the lead employer please do also remember to download/print payslips as you may require prior to leaving employment. 





Query of the Week 


This weeks query of the week is in regards to the request of ‘To Whom’. letters. Please note, you do not need to contact the Helpdesk team to request this form, please follow the below link that will take you directly to this form and outlines the process involved – https://sharedservices.sthk.nhs.uk/confirmation-of-employment/


Though if you should need to contact them, our dedicated Helpdesk team are here to help you Monday – Friday 9-5pm on 0151 478 7777




Get Involved 

Samaritan’s Talk to Us Campaign


Each July, Samaritans branches in the UK and Republic of Ireland hold local events to raise awareness that Samaritans are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night. For further information on this campaign take a look below –





Sign Up


North West Collaborative Bank


Work bank shifts across 18 Trusts in the North West region with further trusts coming on board soon, and be paid via St Helens and Knowsley Lead Employer. You can find a list of the Trusts who are part of the Collaborative Bank can be found here


A few benefits of working via the North West Collaborative Bank include :

  • Flexibility to work across multiple trusts
  • No requirement to repeat pre-employment checks
  • Activation within 48 Hrs.


If you already have the Patchwork Health app but haven’t joined us yet, it only takes 2 mins to do, just request to join North West Doctors in Training Collaborative Bank and we will accept your request within 48 hours. Alternatively you can download the Patchwork app via App Store  or Google Play Store


If you have any questions about working shifts, how the Patchwork Health app works or how you will get paid, please don’t hesitate to contact us via nw.collaborativebank@sthk.nhs.uk  or view the FAQ’s


Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NW_collabbank and our NEW Instagram page nw_collabbank for regular updates about new Trusts joining the Bank