BMA guidance

COVID-19: your terms and conditions

We've compiled answers to some of the questions doctors have about the impact of COVID-19 on your contract terms and conditions, including annual leave, acting up, childcare, pay and extended hours.
Updated: Monday 18 May 2020
Topics: COVID 19
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In this fast-moving situation, these questions and answers will be under constant review and added to as the situation evolves.

You can navigate the guidance by your branch of practice.


What you'll get from this guide

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic affects your contract terms and conditions.
  • Guidance on changes to your ways of working, such as acting up or down, performing outside of your competency or changes to your job plan.
  • Guidance on changes that affect you personally, such as annual leave, if you are pregnant and affects on your pay.


How to use this guide

We will be updating this guide as often as possible as additional guidance comes through from governments and NHS organisations.

You can also keep up to date with our regular COVID-19 updates and our developing COVID-19 hub of guidance for doctors.

Need help? For 24/7 emergency COVID advice you can contact us using the details below. For all other non-emergency enquiries normal opening times apply.