Lead Employer Service

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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the Lead Employer for over 5,000 Doctors in Speciality Training from all Speciality types across a number of Health Education England (HEE) areas. 

A Lead Employer model offers a number of benefits to all stakeholders. NB examples of some key benefits of the Lead Employer Model are:

  • An end to end Trainee employment life cycle
  • Continuous management and support
  • Equitable treatment of Trainees
  • Reduced risk
  • Improved Governance
  • Economies of scale savings for the local health economy
  • Overview of regional good/bad practice
  • Development of expertise e.g. 2016 Junior Doctors Contract
  • Regional 'employment support and expertise' for the Professional Support Unit/Doctors and Dentists Review Groups
  • Regional Training and Reporting
  • Greater ability to deliver change across the local health economy
  • Regional/National influence
  • Centralised recruitment
  • Leading to streamline function with pro-active/preventative service
  • Working closely with GMC/BMA/NCAS/JDAT/NHS Employers and other professional bodies

NB: Over 90% of the stakeholders (including Hosts, Trainees, HEE and the BMA) feel the Lead Employer model has improved the employment services since it was implemented.

We are the Lead Employer for the following HEE Regions:

  • HEE North West – for all Specialty, GP, Public Health Trainees and Physician Associates
  • HEE West Midlands – For GP, Histopathology, Public Health and Sports and Exercise Trainees
  • HEE East of England – For GP and Public Health Trainees
  • HEE East Midlands – For GP Trainees.

We provide the following services, support and advice for our Trainees and other stakeholders


Yorkshire and Humber GP Trainee advisory service

From 13th July 2017 we have been engaged to provide a support and advice service to GP Practices in Yorkshire and Humber employing, or considering employing, GP Trainees on the 2016 Junior Doctors contract

The support provided under this contract should ensure Practices are able to correctly calculate salary details including pay protection, that they are able to roster working hours which meet the safety requirements set out in the 2016 terms and conditions of service and are also able to design and issue work schedules that are fit for purpose, and to respond to exception reports appropriately.

Stakeholder Feedback:

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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