Reforming the consultant contract webinars

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Medical directors, HR directors and medical workforce leads are encouraged to book onto one of two free webinars we are hosting to discuss the reform of the consultant contract.

Both webinars will run from 6pm to 7pm, with the first one being held on Tuesday 27 June and an identical webinar being held on Thursday 29 June

NHS Employers has been in negotiations with the British Medical Association since 2013 and, more recently, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), on the design of an amended contract.

We are now in a position to share details of the proposals and our latest considerations for an individual choice mechanism, whereby consultants would be allowed to choose whether to move onto an amended contract or retain existing terms.

The case for consultant contract reform has been long established, and supported by recommendations and observations from the National Audit Office, Public Account Committee and the Review Body for Doctors and Dentist Remuneration (most recently in July 2015). Key issues include:
  • the evening and weekend ‘opt out’ from non-emergency care (and in some cases emergency care) which is a barrier to consistent care throughout the week - employers are also interested in its removal to allow for more flexible deployment of staff and to plan more affordable weekend/evening elective care
  • the need to reform the existing employer based clinical excellence award (CEA) performance payments, in particular making them non-consolidated and time limited
  • an extension of plain time, with fairer compensation for specialties with the most onerous working patterns.
There is also a requirement from HM Treasury to move away from automatic annual incremental progression and a commitment from government to better link pay to performance.

To find out more and to register for these free webinars, see our event pages for the webinar on 27 June and the webinar on 29 June.

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