Junior doctors' contract - 2018 review

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NHS Employers, the Department of Health and Social care, and the British Medical Association (BMA) have begun the review of the 2016 junior doctor contract.

Following a series of meetings to jointly explore possible areas for improvement to the 2016 Terms and Conditions (TCS), a newly reformed joint negotiation committee (JNC) (juniors) met on 31 August 2018 to commission and begin the review process.

Five working groups comprising representatives from employers, the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee, and other key stakeholders have been established to consider and explore the agreed themes:

• Less than full-time, flexible working and equalities.
• Pay structure and transitional arrangements.
• Safety and wellbeing.
• Workforce. 
• Training and education.

The groups will gather, prepare and evaluate data, and then submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the next JNC(J) meeting in 2019. The recommendations will inform the JNC(J) workplan, along with some anticipated negotiations to be undertaken in 2019. Any negotiated agreement reached will be presented to the BMA Junior Doctors' JNC members for consultation. Acceptance of any proposed changes will end the dispute over the original 2016 TCS contract implementation with the BMA formally agreeing to the contract.

We will continue to update employers with any developments as the review progresses.

Read the full joint statement on the 2018 review.

The employer members of the JNC(J) are:

 Member Job title  Trust  Position/ region 
 Steven Ned Director of HR & OD/ Deputy Chief Executive   Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Employer Co-Chair, HRD Lead 
 Kate Langford Medical Director & Responsible Officer  Guy's and St Thomas' Healthcare Alliance  Medical Director Lead 
 Abigail Sleight Head of Medical HR  University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust  South 
 Derek Thomas Head of Medical Workforce  Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust   North
 Alison Risker Associate Director of Workforce  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  Midlands and East 
 Paula Eyre Head of Medical HR  Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  North 
 Philip Andrew Head of Medical Staffing  Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  Midlands and East 
 Claire Low Medical HR Manager/ Chair of the National Association of Medical Personnel Specialists (NAMPS)  St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  London 
Julie Sutcliffe  Head of Medical Workforce  Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust  North


The employer representatives for the sub-groups are:

 Working group Employer reps  Organisation 
 Workforce Abigail Sleight (Chair)  University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 
  Gertie Nicphilib University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust 
  Alison Ball Frimley Health Foundation Trust 
 Safety and Wellbeing Claire Low (Chair)  St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  Anne Sewell County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 
  Snobar Bhat University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
 Pay and Transitional Arrangements Paula Eyre (Chair) Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  Chris Tudor Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust 
  Julie Sutcliffe Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
 LTFT and Equalities Alison Risker (Chair) Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  Lesley Williams University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  Neil McCarten   Barts Health NHS Trust
 Training and Education Derek Thomas (Chair) Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust 
  Sue Nutland North Bristol NHS Trust 
   Jo Wilson Sheffield Health and Social Care 

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