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Clinical Loadings Policy

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Section 1 - Purpose and Context

Purpose of Policy

(1) The purpose of this policy is to provide for the payment of Clinical Loadings to medically qualified staff of the status of Lecturer and above in the School of Medicine who, as part of their role, are required to complete clinical tasks. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Academic Staff Agreement 2017 or relevant Employment Agreement.

Objectives

(2) To enable effective clinical teaching and research linkages between the School of Medicine and its teaching institutions such as hospitals and teaching general practices, and to enable the University to compete with those institutions for attracting medically qualified staff.

Background to Clinical Loadings

(3) Clinical Loadings are paid by University medical schools around Australia to medically qualified academic staff required to provide clinical teaching for the University's medical students in hospitals and in other sites of clinical practice. Payment of clinical or pre-clinical loadings to medically qualified School of Medicine academic staff will be on an individual staff basis in light of the nature and extent of the staff member's patient care responsibilities as determined by the Dean. The staff member will be required to produce evidence of the qualification prior to approval of an appropriate loading payment.

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Section 2 - Definitions

(4) For the purpose of this policy:

  1. Full clinical loadings - are paid to a medically qualified academic staff member who is a nationally registered medical practitioner in the relevant discipline in New South Wales and teaches students in the MBBS or other program requiring clinical input.
  2. Pre-Clinical loadings - are paid to medical practitioners who hold salaried academic positions at the University but are not currently engaged in clinical work (e.g. academics in basic science units such as Physiology, Anatomy and others). These loadings are to assist the University to recruit for teaching and research posts for which a medical qualification may be an advantage. They must also meet NSW Health or other relevant workplace requirements in relation to immunisation.
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Section 3 - Policy Statement

(5) The University will pay a full clinical loading to medically qualified academic staff of the status of Lecturer and above and who are currently engaged in patient care in hospitals and in other sites of clinical practice. Other medically qualified staff in the School of Medicine may be paid a pre-clinical loading.

(6) Clinical Loadings will be paid through the University Payroll as part of the normal fortnightly salary. Clinical loading payments are superannuable and continue to be paid for all forms of approved leave including Professional Development Leave.

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Section 4 - Procedures

Payment of Loadings

(7) Payment of clinical or pre-clinical loadings is made on an individual staff basis in light of the nature and extent of the staff member's patient care responsibilities as determined by the Dean, School of Medicine. The Executive Director, Human Resources will implement the payment of a clinical loading to the academic staff member on advice from the Dean, School of Medicine.

(8) The rates indicated in the Clinical Loadings Schedule are reflective of percentage adjustments for salary increase detailed in the Academic Staff Agreement 2017. The Executive Director, Human Resources will adjust these loadings and amend the Schedule in line with future Enterprise Agreement increases.

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Section 5 - Guidelines

(9) Nil.