Junior doctor Contract

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Junior doctor contract 2002

The most likely aspect of your employment contract to cause frustration is banding, rebanding and monitoring.

Download the junior doctor handbook for useful information and advice

The basis of the contract is the pay banding system and the only way to check whether you're being paid correctly is to monitor your hours.

Although filling in your monitoring forms can seem like a lot of work, the consequences are that you may be being underpaid.

You can ask for hours monitoring at any time and your employer should feedback monitoring results within 15 days of the end of the monitoring period.

We have provided guidance to help you at each stage of your new job:

There are some national variations in juniors' contracts, read more about your nation:


Before you start

Accepting a new post
Read our checklist of what to look out for.

Contract checking service
Our experts will check your contract before you accept it, free of charge, if you are a BMA member.

Do you understand your terms and conditions of service?
A step by step guide through a document which can look bewilderingly complicated.

Criminal records checks
Information on when and why criminal record checks are required and who should pay for them.

Relocation allowances 
Find out what you are entitled to claim.


Once in post

Shadowing and Induction
All doctors will go through shadowing as they start their new posts for the first time as foundation doctors, with induction occurring every time you change your role. Find out about what to expect.

Are you being paid correctly?
We've helped a number of juniors who had not realised they were not being paid correctly. First stage is to properly understand your payslip.

Your guide to monitoring
Our updated guide includes a section on online monitoring with the Doctors Rostering System and with Zircadian as well as FAQs.

Rotas and working patterns
Guiding principles for the development and implementation of compliant rotas and effective working patterns - includes shift types, rest requirements, a working rota template and Riddell Formula © calculator.

Your guide to banding
Have you ever had the feeling you're not being paid properly for the hours you work? Or that your employer has changed your working pattern without asking you first? Questions answered.

Your guide to rebanding
If you think your role requires rebanding, use our guide to find out how to start the process and what you need to do.

Your guide to handover
See our tips on what you need to do to not only effectively handover, but also how to develop your own handover strategy.

The Working Time Directive
All you need to know about the WTD - what it means to you, how it protects you and whether you can opt out of it.

Payments for category 2 work
Guidance on work that junior doctors can charge for in addition to contractual work.


Useful guides

When should accommodation be provided and how do you know it is up to standard? Use our guidance and toolkit.

Transferring between NHS and university employment during training
If you are taking out of programme, read our guide to find out how it will affect your pay, pensions and terms and conditions.

Having a problem
Try using our template letters for common problems to contract your employer about issues related to banding, rebanding, facilities and accommodation.