Pay uplift announced for doctors and dentists

Government announcement on the pay uplift for doctors and dentists in England.

14 July 2023

The government has announced a pay uplift for doctors and dentists in England following recommendations made by the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB).

They have accepted the DDRB’s recommendation of a six per cent increase to national salary pay scales, pay ranges or the pay elements of contracts for all groups included in their remit this year.

For doctors and dentists this will mean uplifting:

  • pay points for doctors and dentists in training by six per cent plus a further consolidated uplift of £1,250
  • salaries of consultants by six per cent
  • pay range for salaried general medical practitioners by six per cent
  • pay element of the general dental practitioners contract and the minimum and maximum pay scale for salaried dentists by six per cent
  • pay scales of specialist and associate specialist (SAS) doctors on pre-2021 contracts by six per cent and uplifting the salaries of SAS doctors on the 2021 contract by three per cent on top of the increase for 2023/24 already agreed as part of the multi-year deal.

All pay uplifts will be backdated to 1 April 2023.

NHS Employers is in the process of updating all the relevant material in response to the announcement, including the medical and dental pay circular. Applying the new rates on the pay system is subject to a quality assurance and testing process. We will provide further updates in due course.

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