Juniors joint negotiating committee

trainee doctors

12 / 7 / 2016 Midnight

The juniors joint negotiating committee is a forum led by NHS Employers to discuss contractual issues and to negotiate any necessary changes to existing terms and conditions of service for junior doctors in training.

The committee includes employer representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, representatives from the Health Departments of the devolved nations, and the British Medical Association (BMA). The BMA is specifically represented by their Junior Doctors Committee (JDC).

The group meets two to three times a year depending on the topics raised for discussion. 


The committee includes representatives from NHS Employers and the Department of Health (DH) but is predominantly attended by volunteers from the NHS. We are seeking new employer representatives to join JNC(J), if you work in an NHS trust/foundation trust and deal with the junior doctor terms and conditions, and would be interested in becoming an employer rep, please email doctorsanddentists@nhsemployers.org.  

Recent topics

  • Maternity guidance. The group has approved changes to the maternity guidance flowchart which has now been published.
  • Category 2 fees. The group has developed joint guidance on the payment of category 2 fees which has now been published.
  • Injury allowance. The group has discussed injury allowance and its interaction with junior doctors on short term contracts. Discussions are ongoing. 
  • Monitoring and counter fraud declarations. The group has discussed a counter fraud document which originated in Scotland. The group felt that a declaration would be helpful but that it needs to make clear instances where monitoring returns can be amended by either party e.g. where there has been a inputting error. Drafting of the document is ongoing and will be published as soon as possible.
  • Banding appeals guidance. The group is updating guidance on banding appeals to reflect the abolition of SHA's. Drafting of the document if ongoing and will be published as soon as possible.
  • Code of Practice (CoP). The BMA have raised the CoP as there are concerns that it is not being adhered to. Discussions are ongoing.
  • Shadowing for Foundation Year 1 doctors. The group has discussed the shadowing period for FY1's, specifically the indemnity the NHS Employers 'contract for training' provides. NHSLA has confirmed that shadowing is indemnified if it includes observation and providing minor assistance to the healthcare professional the FY1 is shadowing. The BMA and NHS Employers disagree about the extent of clinical work which should be undertaken during shadowing. Discussions are ongoing.
  • Pay Protection. Following a lengthy legal challenge NHS Employers are looking to change the pay protection provisions for Hospital Practitioners who choose to return to training in light of the judges comments in the ruling. Discussions are ongoing.

Topics for national discussion

Have you encountered issues that you'd like us to discuss at the committee? If so please let us know and we will raise them.

Contractual documentation

If you would like to know more about, or access more documentation in relation to the current 2002 junior doctor contract, then please see our web pages.

Contract reform

Please see our junior doctor webpage here.

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