Sick leave and sick pay
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Whether you're a nurse, midwife, HCA, AP or student, you can get a huge range of benefits when you join the RCN.
Your sick pay entitlements will be in your employment contract.
If you don't receive contractual sick pay, find out about statutory sick pay (SSP) at gov.uk
Read section 14, Part 3 of Agenda for Change if you work in the NHS.
If you are an agency worker, or are unsure about your entitlements, our sickness advice guide can help.
Contact us if you need practical help with managing your finances, benefits or tax credits on 0345 772 6100, from 8.30am to 8.30pm, 7 days a week.
Meeting your employer
It is normal to meet with your employer during sick leave.
Read your employer's sickness absence policy so that you are well prepared for any meeting.
Our comprehensive sickness advice guide will help you understand what both you and your employer should do while you are off sick, and when you need to contact us.
If you are on sick leave due to work-related stress, it is important your employer knows the reason why and that this is documented in your fit note.
Your employer has a duty of care. They should do everything reasonable to protect your health, safety and wellbeing.