BMA guidance

COVID-19: changes to working patterns and rates of pay for consultants

Guidance on changes to working patterns for consultants in England, during the pandemic from the BMA consultants committee.

Location: England
Audience: Consultants
Updated: Friday 30 October 2020
Topics: COVID 19

What you will get from this guidance

Advice and guidance on:

  • changes to your working patterns
  • the job planning process, SPA time, annual, study and professional leave
  • what to do if you are asked to cover for an absent colleague
  • being asked to move to a different specialty
  • remuneration for extra-contractual COVID-19 related work 
  • principles when determining the extra-contractual rate for programmed activity.

Additionally we have provided extra resources in the appendix, which include:

  • a sample letter for temporary changes to your job plan
  • a sample letter for agreeing additional shifts
  • and the answer to 'what does a PA cost your trust under the 2003 contract?'
  • Working patterns
  • Contractual protections
  • Job planning
  • Out of hours work
  • Fatigue and burnout
  • SPA time
  • Leave
  • Remuneration 
  • FAQs