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This is a guide for RCN members on NHS Injury Allowance which provides support for staff who sustain an injury, disease or other health condition which is attributable to their employment.
NHS injury allowance can be used to top up your sick pay or earnings (if you are on a phased return). It can be paid for up to 12 months per episode. You may be able to claim if you meet all of the following:
*For further guidance, please see the NHS employers website.
If successful, you can receive up to 85% of your pay.Back to contents
You should notify your employer as soon as possible if you believe your sickness absence is work related. Ideally the nature of your condition should be outlined in your Fit Note. You may also need to submit additional medical evidence and witness statements.
Local policy will outline the specific action to take. This may include submitting a claim form to your employer who will decide whether you are entitled to injury allowance. If your claim is successful, you should receive the payment before your sick pay runs out.
If you disagree with your employer’s decision please call us for further advice.Back to contents
Injury Allowance may be paid if you suffer from:
It cannot be considered if:
You are entitled to some pay protection if you have to change jobs permanently to a position on lower pay, or have to reduce your hours due to a work related injury, or illness. Pay protection should be awarded in line with your employer’s organisational change policy.Back to contents