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Holiday entitlement: how much leave you can take and when

Expert advice for nurses on how and when you can take annual leave and public holidays, especially during the pandemic, plus when your employer can say no
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Your rights to annual leave, especially during the pandemic, plus when your employer can say no

How many annual leave days am I entitled to take?

NHS annual leave is calculated according to length of service, NHS Employers says in its NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook .

For full-time staff, this is 27 days on appointment, 29 days after five years’ service and 33 days after ten years. For part-time staff, annual leave is calculated pro-rata using these allowances.

Staff also receive an additional eight days of general public holidays. Those doing bank shifts should check their contract to see how annual leave is calculated for bank work.

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