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Special Leave


The UHB understands that there are times when it is hard to balance the demands of domestic and work responsibilities.  The Special Leave Policy exists to supports staff at times of urgent and unforeseen need by allowing them to take additional leave. 

The situations that this policy is intended to deal with are:

  • Emergency carers and dependant leave
  • Unexpected crisis leave
  • Bereavement leave

The Policy also sets out what to do when time off is requested for:

  • Time off for public duties
  • Jury service
  • Attending job interviews

Leave granted under this policy is not intended for long term domestic and family situations, which may be provided for in other ways, e.g. annual leave, unpaid leave, reduced working hours etc.

The aim of this toolkit is to provide advice and guidance on the application of the Special Leave Policy.  The toolkit allows you to quickly download the required form and there are frequently asked questions to give guidance on common Special Leave queries for managers and staff.  

Special Leave Policy

Special Leave Frequently Asked Questions

Special Leave Application Form

Reserve Forces Training and Mobilisation Policy

The UHB supports employees who are members of or wish to join the Volunteer Reserve Forces.

Paid leave of up to 10 days per year will be made available to Reservists to attend annual camp or equivalent continuous training. Any additional leave required should be taken as annual or unpaid leave. Line managers will as far as possible facilitate work rosters to allow attendance for annual camp and other training commitments, e.g. weekly or weekend training sessions. Reservist employees should give as much notice as possible to allow appropriate planning for absences.

Mobilisation is the process of calling reservists into full-time service. An employee who wishes to volunteer for mobilisation must seek prior agreement of their employer through their line manager.

To apply for paid leave for annual training or to advise your manager that you will be mobilising please use the following forms:

Reserve Forces Mobilisation Leave Form

Reserve Forces Training Application Form


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