Junior doctors' and consultants' contracts - virtual reference group sought


24 / 9 / 2013 4.07pm

The NHS Employers organisation has published draft heads of terms for the possible reform of the consultants' contract and to achieve a new contract for doctors and dentists in training.  Both have been jointly agreed with the BMA.

The draft heads of terms sets out a framework for future detailed negotiations:

  • For consultants - on amendments to the current consultant contract in England and Northern Ireland and to the Clinical Excellence Awards scheme.
  • For junior doctors - on the design of a new contract, including key issues such as working hours, pay, quality of life and training.

It is expected that formal negotiations will commence during October 2013.

The virtual group will help ensure that the negotiation priorities for employers and emerging options for reform of the contracts are appropriate, deliverable and sustainable. This is a rare opportunity to get involved in contract reform discussions that will ultimately underpin future delivery of service models.

To express your interest in joining the virtual reference group, please email doctorsanddentists@nhsemployers.org, indicating which contract negotiations you are interested in - juniors and/or consultants - and briefly state the relevance of the negotiations to your current post/ responsibilities.

Further Information

Consultants' Head of Terms

Juniors' Heads of Terms


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