Induction for junior doctors
Agreement was reached at the Joint Negotiating Committee (Juniors) in May 2012, which agreed that induction should be composed of a series of work-related activities that employers deem mandatory for commencement of work, but not for appointment.
These work related activities ensure that the new doctor is aware of safe practices and procedures required at the start of the post or programme. Induction activities will normally be undertaken within work hours during the first week of employment.
Where the employer, in the interests of the service or the quality of the training, requires the employee to undertake specified induction activities before taking up post, then the time spent on these activities should qualify for some form of recompense; either time off in lieu or payment. Employers should agree local policies to clarify the level of recompense.
Please note that this only applies to induction activities and not to pre-employment checks which are not considered part of induction. Separate arrangements apply to F1 shadowing, these arrangements are detailed on our web page.
Banding appeals guidance
Following discussions at the Joint Negotiation Committee (Juniors) in July 2014, NHS Employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the four countries have agreed an updated version of thegood practice guidance for junior doctors banding appeals
The updated guide
explains the process an employer should follow once a banding appeal has been requested, including:
- appeal date - adequate notice must be given to the panel members
- membership - who should be on the panel, including a junior doctor and a BMA representative
- documentation - documents and evidence that must be gathered, including extracts from the terms and conditions of service.
The guide also contains information on the role of the panel during the hearing, and the appeals process itself - and a handy FAQs section for common questions and answers employers might have.
Diary card declaration form
At the Joint Negotiation Committee (Juniors) in July 2014, NHS Employers and the British Medical Association (BMA) agreed an updated version of the Junior Doctors diary card declaration form.
The updated form can be downloaded and used freely by employers. It offers protection for both junior doctors and their employers as part of the pay process, clearly explaining both parties' responsibilities and the fact that diary cards form a key part of the payroll system, and will be retained in safe and secure storage as required by legislation.