Background

Junior doctors

In August 2018, the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers (NHSE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) began the 2018 review of the 2016 terms and conditions of service (TCS) for doctors and dentists in training.

The newly reformed joint negotiation committee (JNC) (juniors) met to commission and begin the review to find possible areas for improvement.

Five working groups comprising representatives from employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors’ committee, and other key stakeholders were established to consider a range of data and evidence on how the contract was working.

They agreed to explore agreed themes and their findings and recommendations on each theme were submitted at the JNC(J) meeting in 2019.

Copies of the terms of reference under each theme can be found below.

Following negotiations, 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.

The new terms were introduced from early August 2019 with a phased implementation taking into account operational implications of the changes for employers.

The employer members of the JNC(J) included:

Steven Ned, Director of HR & OD/ Deputy Chief Executive
Kate Langford, Medical Director & Responsible Officer
Abigail Sleight, Head of Medical HR
Derek Thomas, Head of Medical Workforce
Alison Risker, Associate Director of Workforce
Paula Eyre, Head of Medical HR
Philip Andrew, Head of Medical Staffing
Claire Low, Medical HR Manager/ Chair of the National Association of Medical Personnel Specialists (NAMPS)
Julie Sutcliffe, Head of Medical Workforce

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