Leave of Absence

Clinical, Provisional and Associate Members who envisage being out of practice for more than 12 weeks for whatever reason (illness, accident, pregnancy, child care, long leave, travel or other personal reasons) must apply for leave of absence.

During this period members will retain their current level of membership and all other privileges.  They are however required to continue to pay membership fees during their absence from practice and maintain their Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Attendance at professional development activities is also encouraged.

Leave of absence is normally approved for a maximum period of 12 months.  Applicants may apply for one period of 12 months extension after which further leave of absence will only be granted under very exceptional circumstances.  Members away from practice in excess of 24 months may have their membership suspended or down graded to Affiliate status.  Applicants may apply for reinstatement at the end of their leave.

These requirements are in keeping with the principles of mutual accountability between QCA and its members, particularly in the event of a complaint against a member or litigation.