In the event that a consultant is not satisfied with the outcome of a mediation procedure in job planning and pay progression disputes, Schedule 4 of the Terms and Conditions of Service Consultants (England) 2003 (as amended from time to time) makes provision for a formal appeal to be made.
This section provides information (originally issued in 2004) on how consultants can instigate the appeals process, how NHS organisations should treat formal appeals and offers advice for appeal panels and their members.
This information is based on the 'Appeals in consultant job planning and pay progression disputes model protocol' (hereafter described as 'the model protocol') as agreed between the Office of the Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), British Medical Association (BMA), British Dental Association (BDA) supported by the former Consultant Contract Implementation Team (CCIT) in June 2004, and other guides produced by the former CCIT in association with the BMA.
The Consultant Contract Appeals document contents further information and is organised as follows:
- The appeal panel - Information on the make up of an appeal panel.
- The appeal process - The process to follow when submitting and hearing an appeal and coming to a decision.
- Guide for appeal panels - Additional information for appeal panels.
Additional information can be found on these relevant pages:
- Guide for appeal panel members - Guides summarising the responsibilities of members of an appeal panel.
- Appeals standard document bundle - This includes a complete set of the standard documentation that should be made available to appeals panels as agreed by the former Consultant Contract Implementation Team (CCIT) and the BMA.