For all trainees from 1st April 2021 onwards:
If the trainee chooses not to relocate to their new place of work but to travel the greater distance, they may be eligible for excess travel expenses if their home to place of work is more than 17 miles each way.
The mileage costs that may be paid under these circumstances is the mileage from home to the place of work less 17 miles. Trainees are not eligible for reimbursement of mileage costs for the first 17 miles of their journey as this is not defined as ‘excess travel’. Thus a journey of 20 miles would be eligible for 3 miles excess each way.
Please note that all mileage calculations are made using RAC route planner by selecting shortest route. Mileage costs are payable at the reserve/PTR rate, which is currently 28p per mile.
Trainees appointed to single-site training programmes are not eligible to claim excess mileage as they are expected to live within a reasonable commute (less than 20 miles) of the place of work.
The exception to this is for trainees based in London who travel to work via public transport and pass through TFL Zones 1-3. Please see here for more detail on how to make this calculation.
Previous guidance for trainees in existing programmes (applicable for excess travel expenses prior to 1st April 2021):
Excess mileage is calculated in the following way:
Return mileage from the trainee's home to the new place of work less mileage from their home to the base place of work.
However if the base hospital is within London Underground zones 1-3 then the calculation would be made in the following way:
Return mileage from the trainee's home to the new place of work less the cost of zones 1 – 3 travel by London Underground.
Please note that all mileage calculations are made using RAC route planner by selecting shortest route. Home to base mileage will be deducted regardless of the means of travel i.e. walking, cycling etc. to the base place of work. This is because we are only able to reimburse the excess mileage under the relocation guidelines, not the full cost of the journey.
Mileage is paid in accordance with Employing Trust's Terms & Conditions as stated in the relocation guidelines. For Junior Doctors on the 2016 contract, this is 28p per mile.