Lead Employer


What is a lead employer?

A single employer for the whole of your training scheme. During your training you will work in various organisations. Rather than needing checks prior to joining each organisation a single employer will now take care of your employment throughout your training. 

Who is the lead employer?

St Helen’s & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals (StHK) has been the Lead Employer for all GP Trainees in the West Midlands since 3rd August 2016. They are also the Lead Employer for Histopathalolgy, Public Health and Sports and Exercise Medicine trainees.

This means StHK Lead Employer is responsible for all employment matters relating to the Trainees, including pre-employment checks, issuing contracts of employment, co-overseeing disciplinary processes etc.

What is the lead employer responsible for?

  • Issuing Offer Letters for employment
  • Completing Employment Checks
  • Providing Medical Indemnity Cover throughout VTS training
  • Arranging Performers List Applications
  • Issuing Contracts of Employment
  • Occupational Health
  • Statutory and Mandatory Training
  • Amending Contracts
  • Payment of Salaries and Expenses
  • Oversight of Grievances
  • Issue Rotation Information (provided to it by the VTS)
  • Conduct Disciplinary Hearings
  • Providing HR facilities
  • Payment of Study Leave (once authorised by Health Education England)

How do I contact the lead employer?

What is the Electronic Staff Record?

  • The Electronic Staff Record or ESR is a national NHS system used for managing HR, Payroll and reporting. This is where absences and leave will be recorded by GP Practices and Hospitals. Trainees will also be required to use their record and will be issued with a log in and password.

Where can I get further information?