New to managing doctors? A guide for HR practitioners


This web page provides helpful information to HR practitioners that are new to managing doctors.

1. Medical and dental pay and contracts
2. Pay review
3. Pensions
4. Appointment of consultants
5. Job planning for consultants and SAS doctors
6. Revalidation
7. Disciplinary process
8. Guidance on employing locums
9. Contract reforms

1. Medical and dental pay and contracts

There are several specific contracts agreed with the BMA for employed doctors. In these pages you will find information and guidance on contracts for:
  • doctors in training (hospital and general practice)
  • specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors
  • consultants and dental consultants
  • salaried GPs
  • salaried dentists.
Each page will contain additional documents dealing with issues relevant to that group of doctors.

Go to our medical pay and contracts pages.

2. Pay review

Pay is reviewed by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB).

NHS Employers submits evidence to the review bodies, based on information collected from our policy board, our regular meetings with NHS HR directors, our medical workforce forum, and our online surveys. 

Go to our pay pages.

3. Pensions

These pages outline information on the NHS Pension Scheme including recent changes.

Specific information on the transfer of public health staff to local authorities can be found on the Department of Health website.

Go to our pensions web pages.

4. Appointment of consultants

The appointment of consultants in NHS trusts (but not foundation trusts) is regulated by the Appointment of Consultant Regulations 1996 (and subsequent amendments). These pages provide supporting information for employers, including extra information for public health appointments.

Go to our consultant appointments web pages.

5. Job planning for consultants and SAS doctors

Job planning is a key part of the consultant and SAS contracts; it is also essential in getting optimum results from a senior cohort of staff. NHS Employers has worked with the BMA to produce guidance for effective consultant and SAS job planning. These two pieces of guidance and other supporting resources are available on our consultant job planning and SAS web pages.

Go to our consultant job planning web pages.
Go to our SAS job planning web pages.

6. Revalidation

Revalidation was officially launched by the GMC in December 2012 and the implementation phase of the project is now largely complete. NHS England has now taken on all the functions of the NHS revalidation support team, which has now disbanded. Our webpages offer a background to medical revalidation and supporting information.

Go to our medical revalidation web pages.

7. Disciplinary processes

A collective agreement for managing issues of health, conduct and capability for doctors is published by the Department of Health. NHS Employers has published Staying on Course: Supporting doctors in difficulty through early and effective action, to help employers to put things right where possible and take correct action where not.

Further help can be obtained via the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)  

Access Staying on course.

8. Guidance on employing locums

This guidance is intended to summarise the current standards governing the appointment and use of locum doctors. 

Access the locum guidance.

9. Contract reforms

NHS Employers is negotiating with the British Medical Association (BMA) on potential reforms to the consultant contract, and a new contract for doctors and dentists in training.

Read more about the consultant negotiations.

Read more about the junior negotiations.

Further information

The National Association of Medical Personnel Specialists (NAMPS) is a network of medical staffing personnel, and runs a range of courses for members on medical staffing issues.

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