07 / 10 / 2011
These frequently asked questions (published in July 2009 and updated in September 2011 and February 2013) on the Specialty & Associate Specialist Contracts have been updated in agreement with the British Medical Association (BMA).
In the February 2013 version, we have made changes to FAQs 2.2, 2.7 and 3.7 and added a new FAQ 14.3.
The NHS Employers organisation has agreed with the BMA that this document will be published jointly. Any future amendments or updates will be negotiated and agreed between NHS Employers and the BMA.
The FAQs are divided into the following topics:
4. back pay
5. staff grade assimilation
6. associate specialist assimilation
7. window of opportunity
8. associate specialist grade
14. new appointments to the specialty doctor grade
15. assimilation to the associate specialist grade after the initial assimilation exercise