Remember to book your annual leave throughout the year

All staff are encouraged to plan, book and take annual leave regularly to support their health, safety and wellbeing as well as to ensure service continuity throughout the year.

Over the last three months, staff have not been taking annual leave at the same levels that we would normally see. This is understandable with the current situation, however there is an ongoing risk of working for long periods (either in the office or from home), without a break. We know that this has impacted many of you, both mentally and physically, as this is reflected in the feedback we have received through the recent staff survey.

Neil Lewis, Deputy Director of People & Organisational Development said:

“We know that staff have been working flat out on this response to protect the health of the people of Wales and we are very grateful for everyone’s efforts.

“Understandably, staff haven’t taken leave as normal because of the need to respond to the pandemic or if holidays have been cancelled.

“However, using your annual leave is incredibly important for your physical and mental wellbeing – everyone needs time away to relax and recharge.”

Line managers will continue to manage leave in the usual way, whilst being as flexible as possible during the COVID-19 response and staff are asked to work with their line managers to regularly book annual leave throughout the year and when operational needs allow. This applies equally to staff who are working from home (including those who may be shielding) and those who are still attending a workplace.

All staff should read the guidance found here, and ensure that they discuss and agree the management of their annual leave with line managers.

We would like to thank you all for your ongoing hard work during the pandemic response.

Should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the People Support Plus+ at PeopleSupport.PHW@wales.nhs.uk or on 02921 674976, Monday-Friday 9am -5pm.