Scotland Consultants Committee

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Overview of Scottish consultants committee (SCC)

The SCC is a standing committee of the BMA and represents all consultants working in Scotland. Its remit is to consider and act in matters affecting those engaged in consultant practice in Scotland, including contractual matters.


Who we are

The committee includes 37 members with a consultant appointment on the medical staff of an NHS board who are appointed by Area Consultants committees. Membership.


Our current priorities

Pensions – we continue to work with colleagues across the BMA on the complex areas of pensions taxation and benefits. Read the latest blog by the SCC chair.

Consultants – know your rights: helping you get the best out of your contract. 

Supporting recruitment and retention – Our work to ensure that consultant recruitment and retention problems are addressed.

Safe working patterns – Advice on ensuring your working patterns are safe. You can also view this guidance for consultants in Scotland under pressure.

Job planning guidance – read two pieces of guidance which have been jointly issued by SCC and employers on team service planning and resolving disagreements with the job plan review process.

Distinction awards and discretionary points – Update on 2019 distinction awards and discretionary points.

Representing consultants in Scotland – Where we ensure the voices of consultants in Scotland are heard.

The role of local medical advisory structures – How boards should ensure consultants are engaged and involved in planning patient care. 

Recognising and responding to consultants changing work experience – Read about the independent research we commissioned on consultants’ perceptions of their role.

Balancing DCC (direct clinical care) and non-DCC work - Our guidance is aimed specifically at helping address the imbalance in some consultants' job plans between DCC and non-DCC work. It aims to provide support for consultants who are concerned about the non-DCC component of their job plan and the medical managers who are responsible for agreeing job plans with consultants.

We want to hear what you think - tell us what you think SCC’s priorities should be by emailing our chair.


Understanding your payslip

This guidance will help you to better understand your payslip by highlighting any areas that need looking at and spotting any mistakes. 


Get involved

Elections for Scottish Consultants Committee 2019-20 are open until 1 May for the two directly elected seats for session 2019-20. Find out how to vote.

The membership of SCC is appointed by local area consultant committees (ACCs) from each of Scotland’s health boards, with two additional directly elected members on the committee. Find out more about how to get involved.

In your health board area, a local negotiating committee (LNC) will also exist to negotiate on matters relating to employed doctors in that part of the country. Find out how to contact your LNC.


When we meet

We meet three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting consultant doctors in Scotland. Find out more about our next meeting.


Any questions?

Call us on 0131 247 3010 or email Fiona Dawson ([email protected]).