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NHS: Staff

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 180566, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support single parent NHS staff working unsociable hours with childcare and ensure they have access to affordable overnight childcare provisions.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

22 April 2021

We encourage employers to use their local discretion and flexibility to be as supportive as possible of their staff in meeting their childcare needs. Guidance on supporting staff with childcare responsibilities during the pandemic is available on the NHS Employers website at the following link:

https://www.nhsemployers.org/covid19/health-safety-and-wellbeing/supporting-staff-with-childcare-responsibilities

Employers are required to consider flexible working arrangements for all staff in the workplace, including those with caring commitments. This is covered in Section 33 of the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook, which available at the following link:

https://www.nhsemployers.org/tchandbook/part-5-equal-opportunities/section-33-balancing-work-and-personal-life

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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