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A gift to you – with thanks from DCHS Trust Board

Guidance for the extra day’s annual leave – September 2021

Here’s the guidance which will help to answer your questions and queries about arrangements for the extra day’s annual leave, announced at the 2021 DCHS annual members’ meeting on 30 September 2021. It is gifted as a token of appreciation for the commitment and dedication of DCHS colleagues throughout the Covid-19 pandemic response and recovery. Thank you for everything you continue to do to support the patients and communities who rely on us. The additional day’s annual leave is also a way to highlight the importance for everyone working in DCHS to take their leave and breaks, to recharge their batteries and protect their wellbeing.


We are now pleased to confirm the logistics around this thank you gift:

  • The extra annual leave day will be given to all staff who were employed at DCHS on 30 September 2021.
  • Unfortunately, any colleagues who left on 29 September 2021 or before will not be entitled to it.
  • The extra day will be applied to all staff on a ‘pro-rata’ basis, as is the case for all annual leave entitlements.  So, for example, if you work 22.5 hours per week you will receive 4.5 hours added to your entitlement.  If you work 30 hours per week you will receive 6 hours added to your entitlement.
  • You will have until 31 March 2023 to take this extra allowance of annual leave, however we encourage everyone to take this day before 31 March 2022 where possible.
  • There is already provision in place, due to the circumstances around the pandemic, to carry up to 20 days (pro-rata for part time staff), into the 2022/23 leave year.  This means that on a one-off basis any annual leave carry over agreed by your manager at the end of the 2022/23 financial year can be for up to 21 days pro-rata.  Please be aware however that the amount of leave carried over from 2021/22 leave year cannot exceed that which was carried over from 2020/2021.
  • The extra allowance for individuals will be uploaded to ESR by 31 October 2021.
  • We would also like to recognise the significant contribution of our Temporary Staffing Workforce who are a key part of the Trust. Bank workers get paid their holiday entitlement as a percentage contribution on each shift worked, so it is not practical to offer time-off. Therefore, for any workers who do not hold a substantive contract with the Trust, and have undertaken bank shifts of 175 hours or more in the last 6 months, we are arranging for a one-off payment of £50 to be made through payroll with our thanks.
  • If you are leaving the Trust in October and are unable to take your additional day prior to leaving this will be paid.


We hope you can find something nice to do with your extra annual leave allowance to thank you for your hard work during the pandemic.