Parental Leave guidance

Guidance and resources for line managers and employees currently on or preparing to begin parental leave.

As a Line Manager, when a member of staff arrives at your door with the joyful news that they are expecting an addition to the family, the happiness can be followed with worry. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as the pressure to understand and navigate up to date HR and employment law, knowing how to support the individual appropriately and in the best possible way, and knowing how best to support them when returning to work.

Working with nhs finance volunteers, the National Finance Academy has created resources and guidance to support line managers whilst their staff are on parental leave to help ensure their experience is the best that it can be for them and for the family concerned. These include a ‘Parental Leave: guidance for line managers’ resource pack, and e-module to test your knowledge on HR and employment law along with other areas and challenges in respect of parental leave. You can access these resources below.

Further resources will be provided on this subject. It is always helpful to understand how we can support you best within this topic area, so please share your ideas by emailing

Parental Leave: resource pack for Line Managers

Download our informative and helpful guidance for line managers to help them support members of staff whilst on different forms of parental leave. Including up to date information on HR & employment law, useful checklists to keep you reminded on your responsibilities, and examples of policies shared by different NHS organisations.

Read it here

Parental leave: guide for employees

We are pleased to provide a new employee resource to support staff who are due to go on parental leave. Including case studies providing lived experiences from colleagues within the NHS finance community.

Find it here

Parental Leave e-module

Use this informative e-module to test your knowledge on current HR and employment law in relation to different forms of parental leave. All the information included is ready to download once completing the e-module for you to refer back to again and again.

Test yourself