In July 2019, an agreement was reached between NHS Employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the amendments to the 2016 terms and conditions for doctors in training, also known as junior doctors.
This will see investment over a four-year period in the contract. The new terms will be introduced from early August 2019 with a phased implementation taking into account operational implications of the changes for employers.
Alongside the agreement are a number of helpful documents and resources which aim to support employers with the implementation of the contract.
The pay uplift circular will not be published until early August, employers are not required to reissue the work schedules before then.
Below are the key changes employers will need to make in early August 2019 and October 2019 as a result of the agreement
- NHS Employers will publish the new terms and conditions in August. We are aware that some employers (who have the capacity to do so) may have already sent contracts to doctors in training. There is no expectation to resend contracts, employers could send the link to the new terms and conditions of service (TCS) and make doctors in training aware of the amendments
- For new contracts (employed on 2016 terms): employers should continue to use the model contract template, which states: 1.2 The appointment is subject to the national Terms and Conditions of Service for doctors and dentists in training (“the TCS”), 2016, which may be amended from time to time. A copy of the TCS is available on the NHS Employers website. Employers should draw attention to this paragraph and the terms and conditions (once published on the NHS Employers website) for full detail.
- For existing 2016 contract holders: employers should inform doctors in training of the contract amendments and the supporting implementation timeline.
- For existing 2002 contract holders: employers should inform doctors in training that the transition timeline is yet to be confirmed as per outlined in implementation timeline.
- The transition timeline and pay protection arrangements will be published by NHS Employers for 2002 contract holders.
- Employers should inform 2002 contract holders of these transition arrangements. The parties have committed to ensure that an agreement in this regard will be reached by early October 2019. Trainees who remain on the 2002 TCS should not be moved onto the updated 2016 terms until pay protection arrangements have been finalised and a transition date agreed.
- Continue to refer doctors in training to the 2016 amended terms and conditions (once published on the NHS Employers website).