Dentists can claim maternity leave payments if they meet the qualifying conditions. Dentists can claim for a period of 26 weeks starting:

  • no earlier than the 11th week before the week they are due to give birth
  • no later than the week they are due to give birth

Maternity leave payments are taxable and fully pensionable.

You must make separate applications for each contract you are a performer on.

Apply for maternity leave payments by downloading and completing the application form.

You must check the figures are correct on Compass before the claim is submitted. A recalculation will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

Email your completed application to

Applications must be received:

  • no earlier than 1 month before the payment start date, and
  • no later than 3 months after the payment start date.

If the performer leaves the contract during the payment period, payments will stop.

View the Statements of Financial Entitlement Directions.

Who can apply

A provider can claim maternity leave payments for a performer it employs if the performer has:

  • been named on an NHS dental performer list for 2 years with 26 weeks continuous employment before the week they are due to give birth, this period must precede the 15th week before they are due to give birth
  • become pregnant and reached 11th week before the week they are due to give birth
  • stopped performing dental services on the contract, and
  • not registered as a Limited Company.

Foundation dentists can apply for maternity leave payments once they have completed one years foundation dentist training and one year as a qualified performer.

If your SFE application relates to surrogacy, email our SFE team who will assist you further.



Providers are paid a weekly amount based on the performer’s Net Pensionable Earnings (NPE) or Net Pensionable Earnings Equivalent (NPEE) on Compass at the date the payment is due.

Weekly payments cannot exceed £1,660 for dental performer and £3,630 for orthodontic performers. An orthodontic performer is a performer who earns 50% or more of their weekly NPE or NPEE from orthodontic services.

If the performer can claim Maternity Allowance (MA), an amount equal to this is deducted from their payment. If the performer cannot claim MA, or claims a reduced amount, evidence of this from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) must be sent.

Sending evidence

Your application must include:

  • a MATB1 or written statement by a registered healthcare professional confirming the week they are due to give birth
  • written confirmation from the provider that to the best of their knowledge no claim for sickness leave payment have been made by the performer for the period the claim relates to
  • your Statutory Maternity Allowance (SMA) letter.
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