Junior Doctors Committee

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Committee overview

The Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) stands up for the rights of all junior doctors on education, training and contractual issues. We negotiate to shape junior doctors' work and training in the NHS. Find out all about us here.

Download the guide to the junior doctors committee

Guide to JDC (PDF)


Our priorities

JDC submission of evidence to the DDRB

Following the BMA's written submission of evidence in December 2017, all branch of practice and national chairs attended the annual oral evidence session with the DDRB (Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration) on 9th April 2018.

With regards to junior doctors, the DDRB asked for and discussed our views on a number of issues including:

  • contract imposition in England
  • flexible pay premia
  • specialty recruitment issues
  • recruitment into pre and post graduate medical education and training
  • NHS pay deal
  • evidence from DHSC

The oral evidence for junior doctors was delivered by Jeeves Wijesuriya, chair of the junior doctors committee.

Read our oral evidence summary (Word)


Junior doctors contracts

JDC remains opposed to the imposition of the 2016 terms and conditions of service. Talks with NHS Employers to address implementation issues are ongoing, and the committee is also undertaking work on key areas of concern such as rostering guidance. JDC also continues to enforce the hard won contractual protections secured as part of the 2016 terms and conditions of service.

The committee will be preparing for and working towards the 2018 review of the disputed contract as a key potential mechanism for change. JDC also continues to ensure that the 2002 terms and conditions of service work for those trainees across the UK who remain on this contract.


Focus on flexibility

A key demand for junior doctors is greater flexibility in their working lives. The JDC has been working with the GMC, HEE and other stakeholders to improve flexibility for those training both LTFT and FT. This work has focused on projects such as the GMC flexibility review, the HEE led ARCP and Gold Guide reviews, the LTFT Emergency Medicine Pilot and the Accelerated Return to Training programme.

The JDC will also continue to engage in emerging pieces of work, such as the potential changes to study budgets, to ensure a clear representative voice across all activities related to doctors in training.


Funding medical education and training

The way postgraduate medical education and training is funded in England is changing. The funds will be pooled, allowing greater flexibility of distributing this money, to benefit trainees. Trainees will continue to apply for and be reimbursed in the same way.

The changes, and the impact they will have on junior doctors is outlined in our updated guidance.


Regional rep training

JDC has committed to improving the training given to regional and local representatives. This year will see more done for local reps than ever before, with national, regional and local rep training. We accredit and train our union reps locally to make them confident to be the go to people when it comes to improving issues in the workplace.


Work and wellbeing

Repeated and mounting stressors take their toll on junior doctors. From raising concerns to rota gaps there are many issues which we know need our attention.

With the newly created LTFT Forum, LTFT issues are an ongoing priority, alongside work with the wider BMA in areas such as bullying and harassment and supporting doctors under pressure. We know the system can, and must do more and ensuring that happens remains a priority area for JDC.


The future workforce

The future of the NHS appears ever changing. JDC this year will continue to work towards appropriate regulation of the Medical Associate Professions and Advanced Clinical Practitioners and seek to ensure the protection of our training time.

We also recognise the huge shifting trends amongst junior doctors. With greater numbers taking time out, we are embarking on a major piece of work to truly capture the issues behind the recruitment and retention crisis.


Who we are

Elected junior doctors from national and regional junior doctors committees form the core of the JDC. We represent the views of junior doctors across the UK to the government and medico-political bodies including royal colleges and educational bodies.

Find out who sits on the committee.


Our meetings

We meet quarterly to discuss the issues that are most important to doctors in training.

Who can come

These meetings are open to JDC members. Request more information on how to become a JDC member. You should also get in touch with your regional junior doctors committee - details below.

You can attend a JDC meeting as a visitor. Find out more about the committee visitors scheme.


When we meet

Dates for the 2017-18 session are:

  • Saturday 23 September 2017
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Tuesday 6 March 2018
  • Thursday 7 June 2018

All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm.


JDC conference

  • Friday 18 May 2018 (first time attendees event)
  • Saturday 19 May annual conference


Where we meet

BMA House
Tavistock Square


More information

For more information email [email protected]


Regional committee meetings

Regional junior doctors committees (RJDCs) meet four times a year throughout the country. Find out when your RJDC is meeting next.

Next RJDC meeting


RJDC engagement

The BMA is committed to ensuring that members can fully engage with the association and the Chairs of the National and Regional Junior Doctors Committees have been actively sharing best practice in an effort to increase participation.

Read the RJDC report