Junior doctor Northern Ireland Contract

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Contractual documents for junior doctors in Northern Ireland

In addition to your contract of employment and the Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS) there are a number of other documents issued from time to time by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI) which are also incorporated into your overarching contract of employment.

In Northern Ireland, DHSSPSNI are responsible for informing Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts of all changes to pay and terms and conditions for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service, as well as staff covered by Agenda for Change.

This information is contained in Departmental circulars which provide information on, amongst other things, uplifts to national salary scales, fees, and certain other allowances (such as mileage rates). The departmental circulars may also contain guidance for employers.

Departmental circulars are available on the DHSSPSNI website.

Alternatively contact BMA Belfast office on 028 9026 9666.

Monitoring framework
HSS (TC8) 12/2000
This Circular sets out the agreed Monitoring framework which must be used to conduct Hours Monitoring.

Introduction of pay banding system
HSS (TC8) 1/01
This Circular sets out the New Deal pay banding system that was introduced in December 2000.

Accommodation standards
HSS (TC8) 01/02
This Health Circular sets out the accommodation standards that apply to residential and on-call accommodation.

Mileage rates
HSS (TC8) 6/2008
This Circular informs HSC employers of the new mileage rates for hospital medical and dental staff, and doctors and dentists in public health, the community health service and salaried primary dental care. These new mileage rates were introduced on 1 July 2008.

Mileage rates
HSS(TC8) 12/2001
This circular contains guidance on the circumstances in which the various mileage allowances should be paid.

Specialty Registrar (core training) pay scale
HSS (TC8) 5/2008
This circular informs HSC employers of the introduction of a new pay scale for specialty registrars in core training.

Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) award 2010
HSS (TC8) 1/2010
This circular informs HSC employers of the changes with effect from 1 April 2010 in the national pay and conditions of service of hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service.

DDRB award 2009
HSS (TC8) 1/2009
This circular informs HSC employers of the changes with effect from 1 April 2009 in the national pay and conditions of service of hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service.

DDRB award 2008
HSS (TC8) 3/2008
This circular informs HSC employers of the changes with effect from 1 April 2008 in the national pay and conditions of service of hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service.

Changes to NHS pension scheme
HSS (S) 02/2009
This circular informs HSC employers of consequential changes to the medical and dental TCS and contracts related to the introduction of revised Pension Scheme arrangements.

Locum Specialty Registrar (StR) rates and pay on return to training for career grade doctors
HSS (TC8) 4/2007
This circular notifies employers of rates of pay for Locum Appointments for Service in the Specialty Registrar grade, of amendments to Terms and Conditions of Service for hospital medical and dental staff, doctors in public health medicine and the community health service to reflect the new training grades, and offers guidance on pay on return to training for doctors in career grades.

Maternity leave provisions
HSS (TC8) 1/2008
This circular notifies employers of changes in respect of maternity leave and pay arrangements, parental and carers leave provisions and flexible working arrangements from 1 April 2007

Redundancy pay
HSS (TC8) 4/2008
This circular notifies employers of a change, in respect of redundancy pay, to the hospital medical and dental staff, doctors in public health medicine and the community health service (2002) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS).

Flexible training contracts and pay
HSS (TC8) 1/2005
This circular details the new pay arrangements for doctors training flexibly.

Regional guidance on excess travel expenses for doctors in training
HSS GEN 1/2010
This guidance provides clarification on the interpretation of the terms and conditions of service relating to relocation, removal and excess travel for doctors in training.

Criminal conviction declarations
This guidance should ensure you know what your ongoing responsibilities are.