Consultant contract appeals


20 / 1 / 2009 4.02pm

This section gives details on the appeal process for consultants if there is a disagreement related to job planning and pay progression.

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 advice for appeal panels and their members.

The Consultant Contract Appeals document provides an overview of the process and is organised as follows:

  • The appeal panel - Information on the makeup 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.

Further guidance can be found on the following 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.

This information is based on guides produced by the former CCIT in association with the BMA, and the following detailed documents:

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