Providers can claim paternity leave payments if their performer meets the qualifying conditions.

Providers can claim for a period of 2 weeks, taken consecutively or separately within 26 weeks of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave payments are taxable and fully pensionable.

Apply for paternity leave payments by downloading and completing the application form.

You must check the figures are correct on Compass before the claim is submitted. A recalculation will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

Email your completed application to

Applications must be received:

  • no earlier than 1 month before the payment start date, and
  • no later than 3 months after the payment start date.

If the performer leaves the contract during the payment period, payments will stop. Read the full Statement of Financial Entitlements.

Who can apply

A provider can claim paternity leave payments for a performer it employs if the performer has:

  • been named on an NHS dental performer list for 2 years (including 1 year of approved vocational training) with 26 weeks continuous employment before the date of birth or adoption, and
  • the performer’s partner has given birth or adopted and is the main carer of that child, and
  • stopped performing dental services on the contract, and
  • not registered as a Limited Company.

If your SFE application relates to surrogacy, email our SFE team who will assist you further.



Providers are paid a weekly amount based on the performer’s Net Pensionable Earnings (NPE) or Net Pensionable Earnings Equivalent (NPEE) on Compass at the date the payment is due.

Weekly payments cannot exceed £1,660 for dental performer and £3,630 for orthodontic performers. An orthodontic performer is a performer who earns 50% or more of their weekly NPE or NPEE from orthodontic services.

Sending evidence

Your application must include written confirmation from the provider:

  • that the performer is the partner of the child’s main carer and will share responsibility for the child’s upbringing, and
  • with the expected due date
  • that to the best of their knowledge no claim for sickness leave payment have been made by the performer for the period the claim relates to
  • a MATB1 if it's before the birth
  • the birth certificate if it's after the birth.
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