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To log absences related to the Coronavirus on EASY use the following guide so that it is logged against the relevant Coronavirus category.

For the 2020/21 we have introduced Interim Annual Leave Arrangements to support you manage your leave during the Covid 19 pandemic. Visit the Interim Annual Leave Arrangments page for more information. 

Sickness, special leave and annual leave taken are recorded in EASY and interfaced daily to ESR for pay and statistical reporting.

Click here to access EASY*

Career breaks and secondments are not recorded as absence, but are changes notified via Employment Changes.

If you'd like more information about annual leave, including buying additional leave, visit the HR annual leave page by clicking here.

Please note that any link which is denoted with an asterisk (*) will only be accessible with a successful NHSBT network connection through Citrix/NHSBT Desktop - as a result it may take a moment to load.

Sickness in EASY

Managers should record sickness absence on the first day of absence and return to work as soon as possible to ensure sick pay and absence statistics are correct. Managers can view, and report on, historic sickness and absence patterns.

Don't forget to end the sickness on return to work and to have a return to work discussion with the employee.

Annual Leave Videos

Requesting annual leave carry forward from 2017/18 to 2018/19

Recording annual leave taken up to 31st March 2017 in EASY

Annual leave taken up to and including 31st March 2017 should be recorded in EASY. This generates the AFC average payment due. With effect from 1st of April 2017 the new booking and approving process comes into effect. Go to the drop down above for more information.

• EASY Absence - demonstration
• EASY Absence – guidance

Special Leave in EASY

Managers should record unpaid special leave on the first day of absence to avoid any overpayment and close on return. Paid leave may be recorded once the leave period is completed.

• EASY Absence - demonstration
• EASY Absence – guidance

Career Breaks

For more information go to the Time off Work Policy.

To commence a Career Break complete the Career Break Application form. To return from a career break complete Change to contractual details form*

Parental Leave

  • Maternity and Adoption application - guidance

Complete the Maternity & Adoption start notification to confirm the actual date the maternity/adoption leave starts

  • Maternity/Adoption notification of start - form*


We've added a new category onto EASY for recording absence related to the Coronavirus. To log these absences use the following guidance document.

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