The new doctors in training contract: What NHS employers have to do
The Department of Health has now published the new terms and conditions of service it plans to impose on doctors in training from August 2016 onwards.
Published 25 May 2016
Further to our previous alerter last month The British Medical Association Junior Doctors Committee (JDC), NHS Employers and the Secretary of State for Health have reached an agreement on the new terms and conditions for doctors in training.
Whilst the new contract is due to be published at the end of the month, there has been no indication that the timetable for implementation has been put back, despite the BMA putting this to a referendum of its junior doctor members next month. The new contract will be a combination of agreed terms from the February round of negotiations (including an agreement to replace the banding system for rewarding unsocial hours, a series of new limits on working hours, and the replacement of an incremental pay system), along with the new provisions agreed last week. ACAS has released a statement setting out the agreement in principle.
This alerter concentrates on some of the key new agreed terms and what your organisation will need to do to get ready for implementation.
The draft national contract and guidance to it is being prepared. However, as we set out in our April alerter, there is much to do and little time to do it. Key implementation issues include:
We await the revised contract and guidance from NHS Employers. However, time is short and we can give you expert advice on a range of issues, from reviewing gender equality issues, to the governance issues around the Guardian's board reports and what the board should do on receiving them.