Eligibility for the scheme
The assault must have taken place in the course of your duties, without being your fault.
A serious physical assault is defined as:
'The intention or reckless applications of force against the person by another without lawful justification, or causing another to be subjected to such force without lawful justification, resulting in physical injury.'
Payments under the scheme
The scheme provides for full pay, including allowances and premium earnings, for a period of up to:
- 6 months for officer grades
- 3 months for support employee grades
Payment under the scheme does not affect entitlements under the sick pay scheme.
All grades (except nurses) can appeal a decision through the Grievance procedure (2004) (PDF, 420KB, 13 pages)
Revised serious physical assault scheme for nurses
Nurses who are eligible may be granted 2 further extensions.
If approved, these may include:
- 3 months at basic pay plus allowances and premium pay
- 3 months at basic pay only
You may appeal a decision on your entitlement to the scheme to an independent appeals board.
Hospital and medical expenses
Some hospital and medical charges may be covered under the scheme.
You can claim for:
- refunds of expenditure for treatment provided by the public health service
- GP, casualty and consultant visits
- prescription charges
You must claim under medical insurance where appropriate, for example, VHI, Drug Refund Scheme. You will receive payment only for any excess expenditure.
In exceptional circumstances, you may be refunded for private treatment. For example, where there are long waiting times for treatment or treatment is not available in the public health service.
Payments under this scheme do not admit any admission of liability on the part of the HSE.
When payment under the scheme ends
If you are still unfit for work after payments under the assault scheme ends, you may be granted sick pay under the sick pay scheme or Injury at Work Scheme.
For further information see Long Term Absence Benefit Schemes Guidelines (PDF, 1.2MB, 30 pages)
How to apply for leave under the Serious Physical Assault Scheme
Complete the Serious Physical Assault Scheme application form and submit it to your line manager.
National HR Employee Helpdesk
Phone: 1850 444 925
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