There are two distinct employment contracts in Northern Ireland.
Pre-2004 consultant contract
A small number of consultants appointed before 31 March 2004 retain this contract but it is not on offer to new appointments.
2004 consultant contract
The majority of consultants and all new appointments are employed under this contract. The latest update of the terms and conditions of service was in March 2013.
Model contract for consultants in Northern Ireland (PDF 69K)
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions of service for consultants in Northern Ireland 2004 (April 2013) (PDF 460K)
Terms and conditions of service for consultants in Northern Ireland pre-2004 (June 2008) (PDF 630K)
Please note that this is the terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service in Northern Ireland but it covers the terms and conditions of service for consultants in Northern Ireland who are on the pre-2004 contract.
FAQ - consultant contract in Northern Ireland 2004 (PDF 180K)
Supporting contract guidance
Criminal convictions declaration
Guidance to ensure you know your ongoing responsibilities throughout the duration of your employment in regard to criminal conviction declarations.
Consultants handbook for Northern Ireland (May 2009) (PDF 836K)
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