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We are encouraged to travel within working hours. Any travel outside normal hours is reimbursed at overtime rates; time and a half before midnight, double time after midnight and on Sundays. Hotel accommodation is also paid for.

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Just to throw petrol on the fire, how does one stand regarding insurance ect. travelling to an employer's course during out of office hours??

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Most of our training courses are usually 4-5 hours away, and we are always allowed to set off at lunchtime, which works well. After the course finishes and we have to drive back during the evening (our personal time) we claim the extra time back

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Intrested to hear how Covid-19 has changed policy?

At the beginning of lockdown the Government issued guidance to say you can't share your car with someone outside your family. Then they relented and came up with advice that you had to wear a mask, try and sit two meters apart, open windows and clean the car between journeys. Probably not going to happen.

I take it all non-essential training has been cancelled and trainers have to visit the department?

Also note that Completing the picture has gone to a digital festival like other conferences. Those that are going ahead have been moved like EBME expo.

Question is are you attending training or conferences this year? Is suspect a lot will just write 2020 off.

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Well, times have changed in the past couple of years, certainly for the sites which I now manage (MFT, including Oxford Road, Wythenshawe, North Manchester, Trafford Etc)

Its all about what's fair and reasonable and meeting somewhere in the middle really, sometimes we invest a massive amount of money on staff to build their CV, its also in their interest to develop for promotion etc.

Self Study - Well obviously that's an application process

Technical Training Courses - Submit your expressions of interest when mass emailed out, or discuss during appraisals etc. There's no need to submit a course application etc.

The real question, i.e. travel time - We tend to absorb it as an employer, quite rightly so, allowing individuals to finish early on the day to travel or paying back time in lieu etc. Obviously we put up the hotel and costs as per NHS T&C. If someone wants to travel on two days (there and back) and not come into work then we need to compromise in relation to the actual or expected travel time.

Malcolm - Insurance - In regards to insurance, this is covered under business insurance in your own vehicle and under AFC you are under 'directed business/work'

Chris - Covid 19.... Well the problem with Covid 19 is that most manufacturers were not offering technical training therefore we have been left in a semi-backlog situation, not of our making. We have invested significant amounts of money and time in the last 6 months on bringing this back on track.

In terms of CPD/Training, our Trust has just pulled this back a notch, however if it was essential we would allow it thought.

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