As a result, negotiations are led by employers in the NHS which should ensure that those areas of greatest concern to the service, on contractual issues, are addressed and workable solutions put in place.
We also offer advice and information on consultant contractual and related issues, online and in response to specific enquiries. This section provides information on the following:
- Those consultants first employed as an NHS consultant after 31 October 2003 should be employed on the Consultant Contract (2003). Consultants who were employed on the old contract but chose to move to this contract would also be under these arrangements.This section includes a Frequently Asked Questions document on the employment of consultants.
- For those consultants who were first appointed to an NHS post before 31 October 2003 who have not chosen to assimilate to the more recent arrangements would be employed on the pre 2003 contract.
- Guidance documents are available to employers. These give details on issues such as:
- Private Practice
- Job Planning
- Consultants working part time
- Locum consultants
- Study leave
- Supporting Professional Activities
- Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme
- Consultant appraisals
- There are contractual and guidance documents relating to the employment of clinical academics.
- Information on consultant appointments to NHS posts.
- Advice and guidance on job planning for consultants.
- Information on the appeals process for consultants if there is a disagreement related to job planning and pay progression.
- There is also an archive setting out the implementation process for the 2003 contract.