Consultant Wales Contract

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Consultant contract in Wales

All consultants in Wales transferred to the new contract with the amendment agreed with the Welsh Government in December 2003. All new consultants are appointed on these amended terms, which are available to download.

The vast majority of consultants working in the NHS in Wales are employed directly by Local Health Boards (known as Health Boards). Each Health Board can determine its own contracts and terms of service for its employees, including consultants. However, very few NHS employers have deviated significantly from the 2003 agreement.

If you are considering an appointment to a particular Health Board it is vital that you ask for information on the terms and conditions of service that will apply. If you are a BMA member you can contact an adviser for help by calling 0300 123 1233.


Model contract

Model contract for consultants in Wales (May 2011)


Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of service for consultants in Wales (December 2003)
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 Wales but it covers the terms and conditions of service for consultants in Wales.


Supporting contract guidance

Guide to the basics of the amendment to the contract in Wales

How consultants in Wales are appointed

Revised Job planning guide for consultants in Wales (PDF 173K)

Upholding professional standards in Wales 

Consultant handbook for Wales (PDF 427K)

Shift resident working guidance for consultants in Wales


Additional information

Merit awards for NHS consultants - Committment awards in Wales