Consultant Scotland Contract

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Consultant contract in Scotland

Since 1 April 2004, all new NHS consultant posts (including locums) are appointed to the 2004 consultant contract. Consultants in post before 1 April 2004 can move to the 2004 contract or stay as they are.

2004 terms and conditions of service and model contracts can be downloaded below.


Model contract

Model contract for consultants in Scotland (PDF 36K)
Model contract for Extra Programmed Activities for consultants in Scotland (PDF 9K)


Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of service for consultants in Scotland 2004 (updated 2007) (PDF 456K)



FAQ - consultant contract in Scotland


Supporting contract guidance

Resident on call work and consultant out of hours working (Scotland)
Consultant handbook for Scotland 2014 (PDF 4M)
Structure of 2004 consultant contract in Scotland
Consultant appointment procedures in Scotland
Job planning for your first consultant post - Scotland (February 2014) (PDF 262K)
 (PDF 254K)


Additional information

Working as a locum consultant

Scottish Government pay circular (PCS (DD) 2007/11) highlighting the 2007 amendments (Sept 2007)

Amendments to the terms and conditions of service for hospital medical, dental and public health medicine consultants employed under the 2004 consultant contract. Changes to the maternity leave and pay arrangements, parental and carers’ leave provisions and flexible working arrangements.

Scottish Government circular to advise NHS Scotland employers of changes to the terms and conditions of service for consultants (June 2013) (PDF 371K)

Contractual right to injury allowance and advising of updates to the TCS, including starting salary for doctors taking up locum consultant appointments and revised temporary appendices.


Additional information

Working as a locum consultant


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