Consultant contract (2003)

Terms and conditions of service and the model contract for consultants with FAQs.

8 October 2020

This page contains information on the terms and conditions of service and the model contract for consultants.

Consultant contract (2003)

The consultant contract applies to consultants first appointed after 31 October 2003, as well as those who have chosen to transfer to it.

These handbooks sets out the terms and conditions of service for consultants on the 2003 contract. It incorporates all amendments as at 1 April 2018.


  • Model contract for consultants in NHS organisations (Version 7, October 2020).

Records of amendments

The changes are highlighted in the main document with superscript numbers.


  • Read the consultant contract FAQs which provide further advice and guidance on the consultant contracts.

    It FAQs cover the following topics:

    • Backdating salary and pay progression
    • Clinical excellence awards
    • Directors of public health
    • Fee paying services
    • Job planning
    • Locums
    • London weighting
    • New appointments
    • On call supplement
    • Payment for programmed activities
    • Annual leave and study leave
    • Bank and public holiday working
    • Clinical academics
    • Cover for colleagues absent through sickness
    • Part-time consultants
    • Payment for additional programmed activities
    • Payment for additional responsibilities and extra contractual duties
    • Pensions
    • Retirement
    • Seniority
    • Dual qualification
    • Overseas experience
    • GP principal experience