Career Break

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Apply for a career break

To be able to be considered for a career break you need to have a minimum of 12 months continuous NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service. A career break can be a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 5 years.

Before applying for a career Break you need to discuss:

  • your reasons in detail with your manager, who will consider your application in line with operational requirements.

The details of the discussion should include:

  • Dates
  • Notice period
  • Your job and how it will be back filled
  • Contact arrangements 

Your discussion should be noted and confirmed in writing to you by your manager.

To apply for a career break

Complete the Career Break Application* form and the Career Break Skills Proforma

Career Break & Pensions

While you are on a Career Break, NHS Pension Scheme members have the choice to pay their contributions for up to 6 months. The employer is also required to make their contribution payments accordingly for the first 6 months. Please use the Guidance provided to setup Pension contributions whilst on Career Break.

Return my employee from a career break

On return of your employee from a career break you should complete the Change to contractual details form*

Access the Time off Work Policy 

We have policies and supportive tools available to all employees to assist in their health, well-being and regular attendance at work. In most situations, we are flexible in allowing time off work for a variety of reasons, providing reasonable time off for relatively short periods of time, to help you. The Time off Work Policy and Time of Work Frequently Asked Question's cover short term absences e.g Bereavement, Career Breaks, Carers/Dependant Leave, Medical/Dental Appointments etc.

*Form is only accessible if you are logged in to the NHSBT network (network connection through Citrix/NHSBT Desktop). As a result it may take a moment to load.