Dentists are able to claim for paid maternity leave if they meet the relevant criteria and do not breach the payment conditions. Maternity Leave payments are 100% superannuable.

To apply for Maternity Leave payments download the application form and email to

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we will only process SFE applications received via email.

The full Statement of Financial Entitlement document is available on our website.

What are the eligibility criteria?

A contractor is entitled to receive Maternity Leave payments for performers it employs if:

  • The dentist’s name has been included on a NHS dental performer list for at least 2 years, and the last 26 weeks has been a period of continuous employment, this period must have immediately preceded the 15th week before the expected week of confinement;

  • The dentist has become pregnant and has reached, or been confined before reaching, the commencement of the 11th week before the expected week of confinement; and

  • The dentist has ceased to perform dental services under the contractor's GDS/PDS contract in order to take maternity leave (which for these purposes includes leave for ante-natal care); and

  • The payment relates to a Parental Leave Pay Period and not to a period of sickness absence; and

  • The performer is not, themselves registered as a Limited Company.

Where a dentist has undergone 1 year's approved vocational training, the 2 years shall be reduced to 1 year in terms of a dentist listed on a NHS dental performer list.

What evidence do I need to send?

  • A maternity certificate of statement completed by a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife, confirming the expected week of confinement or, where appropriate, the date of confinement; and

  • a declaration in writing from the contractor that to the best of its knowledge, with regard to the period to which the claim relates, no claim for sickness leave payments has been made under by it, or any other contractor.

How much am I entitled to receive?

The amount a contractor is entitled to claim is a weekly amount, calculated on the basis of the dentist’s Net Pensionable Earnings/Net Pensionable Earnings Equivalent (NPE/NPEE) as held on Compass at the date the payment is due.

Where the dentist is entitled to claim Statutory Maternity Allowance (SMA), an amount equal to this will be deducted from the amount paid. If the performer is not entitled to SMA, or is entitled to a reduced amount of SMA, evidence of this from DWP must also be provided.

Weekly payments cannot exceed £1,660 for dental performers, and £3,630 for orthodontic performers. An orthodontic performer is a performer who earns 50 per cent or more of their weekly net pensionable earnings from the provision of orthodontic services.

What period of leave can I claim for?

A claim can be made for a period not exceeding 26 weeks commencing:

  • no earlier than the 11th week before the expected week of confinement, or later than the expected week of confinement

  • if confinement occurs prior to the eleventh week before the expected week of confinement, on the Monday immediately before the actual date of confinement

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