Tphoto-1457805552964-d90a8f9a578fhe Department is actively promoting a family friendly environment, and encourages a good work-life balance whether you have family or caring responsibilities or not. As part of this inclusive approach the Department offers part time, flexible working and teleworking policies, as well as University policies on family leave (maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave).

The intention of this page is to provide you with links to all the information and resources, in one place, which may be useful to you if you are considering starting a family, are expecting, are new parents or have children of any age or if you are a carer. This page also provides you with a link to ParentsNet, an MSD forum for parents to share their experiences and find a place to exchange goods and ideas alike.

Childcare Services  – Includes information on nurseries, salary sacrifice scheme, childcare vouchers, tax free childcare and holiday playschemes.

University Nurseries – Includes information on University nurseries, applications, visits and allocation procedures. Staff who have used the University Nurseries recommend that, if you would like to use one of these nurseries, to get your name down whilst you are pregnant, or at the earliest opportunity, as the waiting lists are long.

Holiday Playschemes – The university works in partnership with various playscheme providers to support families during school holiday periods.

Emergency childcare – It can be extremely difficult when your childcare arrangements breakdown, for whatever reason. At NDM we understand how challenging this can be. My Family Care is a benefit the University provides for all employees, offering access to emergency back-up childcare and adultcare, a ‘speak to an expert’ phone line and a wide range of guides and webinars through a website called the Work + Family space. My Family Care’s Work+Family space website is a subscription service, so to access the services you need to register.  To authenticate that you are an eligible employee you need to provide your SSO username (dept1234) and your employee number, from your payslip.  You only need to do this once, after which you can create a personal log-in. Access to the services, phone lines and web guidance is free for University employees, but you will need to meet the costs of any care that you book.

My Family Care

My Family Care is the UK’s leading provider of family-friendly benefits offering a range of services to help employers support their working parents and carers. My Family Care is a benefit the University provides for all employees, offering access to emergency back-up childcare and adultcare, a ‘speak to an expert’ phone line and a wide range of guides and webinars through a website called the Work + Family space. Access to the services, phone lines and web guidance is free for University employees, but you will need to meet the costs of any care that you book. For more details please see the Personnel Services website page.

My Family Care’s Work+Family space website is a subscription service, so to access the services you need to register. To authenticate that you are an eligible employee you need to provide your SSO username (dept1234) and your employee number, from your payslip. You only need to do this once, after which you can create a personal log-in. To register please click on My Family Care.

Family friendly policies – NDM is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices

Work-life balance – information on barriers, issues and support as well as a work-life balance booklet.

Flexible working and part time working – information on types of flexible working, how to apply and case studies.

Women in Science podcasts – Women speak candidly about their career and life experiences, including issues such as career pathways, funding challenges, work and life balance, mentorship, and career progression.

In her footsteps – In this podcast series, leading women in the Department interview each other about their inspiration for pursuing research, as well as how they balance the demands of work with their home and family lives, and their interests and pursuits outside the lab.

Contact – You may wish to keep in touch with your unit and team whilst on leave so you know of any changes or developments that take place whilst you are away. Some staff have said they have found this helps them to feel more connected on their return to work.

KIT days – provides details about the keeping in touch days, your entitlements and payments.

ParentsNet – a forum that is run through the Medical Sciences Division for parents to share their experiences and find a place to exchange goods and ideas alike.

NDM’s Athena SWAN – find out about Athena SWAN within NDM, our initiatives and plans.

Family friendly policies – The Nuffield Department of Medicine is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices.

New to the UK – for new members of staff who are coming to work for the University from overseas to help you with many practical issues, including information about schools and doctors.

Oxfordshire Family Information Services – for a wide breadth of information, resources and support available to parents and carers.

Being a parent or carer whilst working overseas, whether your dependants are with you or not, can be quite a different experience. We would recommend that you speak to your unit for guidance and information or if you have any queries at all. Personnel Services also provide some general guidance for those who are considering working overseas for a short or long term basis.
Returning Carers Fund – The Returning Carers’ Fund is a small grants scheme intended to support the return to research of women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities to help them to re-establish their research careers.

Childcare Vouchers – Computershare Childcare Vouchers can be used for registered childcare facilities such as non-University nursery fees, before and after school clubs, holiday play schemes, child-minders, nannies and crèche facilities including swimming pools, gyms and supermarkets.

Return to Work Interviews – It can be very helpful to have a meeting with your line manager and/or HR team when you are planning your return to work after a period of leave. It is a good opportunity to talk about your options and the support mechanisms available.

What to ask your HR Team about:

  • Your entitlements and notification requirements
  • Your risk assessment (for expectant or breastfeeding mothers)
  • What to do before, during and after leave
  • Keeping In Touch (KIT) days
  • Return to work interviews
  • Local facilities for expressing and breast feeding
  • Flexible working requests