Updated terms and conditions for consultants published

Read about the updated terms and conditions for consultants (England) 2003 and new resources to support local clinical excellence awards.

31 January 2023

Consultants contract version 13

Version 13 of the terms and conditions of service (TCS) for consultants (England) 2003 has been updated following changes made to Schedule 30 that details the clinical excellence award provisions. Our record of amendments documentation has also been  updated to highlight the changes that have been made to the TCS.

Access the TCS and record of amendments.

Schedule 30 has now been amended to remove redundant terms following the end of negotiations on successor scheme arrangements without agreement. The schedule has been updated in partnership with the British Medical Association (BMA) and the HCSA and sets out the contractual responsibilities for local clinical excellence awards (LCEAs) from 1 April 2022.

New guidance and resources for LCEAs

After 1 April 2022 and future award rounds

We have published a new web page to help employers navigate award rounds from 1 April 2022. On this web page there is also a suite of new guidance and resources to help employers implement the arrangements for the 2022/23 award round.

The resources include:

  • a financial monitoring tool and user guide to help employers ensure the minimum level of funds for LCEA investment in 2022/23
  • flowcharts that demonstrate the interactions between LCEA and National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIA)
  • a guide setting out the eligibility criteria for LCEAs under the new arrangement.

Before 1 April 2022 award rounds

We have published a new web page with guidance and resources for employers for award rounds before the 1 April 2022 .

Information for pre-2018 LCEAs and the four years covered by the interim arrangements from 2018/19-2021/22 can be found in previous versions of the terms and conditions.