NHS Employers' Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body Evidence 2020/21

17 / 02 / 2020

We have now published our 2020/21 evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body (DDRB). Our submission includes:

  • an update following the agreement reached with the British Medical Association (BMA) on the junior doctor contract
  • progress on work taken forward to develop the specialty and associate specialist (SAS) grade and proposals for contract reform
  • an update on the revised Local Clinical Excellence Awards scheme for consultants and plans for a successor scheme from 2021
  • information on pensions and reward.

Key messages

  • The NHS, and its staff, continue to feel the combined effects of financial pressure, workforce shortages and rising demand.
  • There is a risk that without the right workforce then the aims of the NHS People Plan will not be met.
  • Any pay award over and above that already planned must be fully funded.
  • The pensions tax issue is having a significant impact on senior staff across the NHS and on service delivery. We believe that the solution lies in a combination of scheme flexibilities, the removal of the cap and better information for staff, and that this should apply to all staff in time for the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Employers, in general, do not support targeting pay. We should await the outcome of work currently underway as part of the people plan on the distribution of specialty trainees.
  • The agreement reached with the BMA on the junior doctor contract and the three year pay deal was an important step and has allowed for partnership working to be re-established.
  • The start of negotiations on contract reform for the SAS grade is a significant opportunity to re-establish the SAS doctor role as a positive and valued career choice.

Download the submission in full 

 

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