Junior Doctors Committee

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Priorities of the Junior Doctors Committee (JDC)

The junior doctors committee (JDC) and its members are dedicated to focusing their work on the key issues and challenges facing all junior doctors in the profession.

Find out more about the topics we are tackling this year.


Junior doctors contracts

Contract announcement at JDC conference 2018 - find out more

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.

Exception reporting joint statement - find out more

The BMA is a part of a working group, jointly set up with NHS ImprovementAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges, British Medical Association, Care Quality CommissionGeneral Medical CouncilHealth Education England and NHS Employers, to collaboratively improve the effectiveness and acceptability of exception reporting for both trainees and employers.


The effects of winter pressures

As representatives of junior doctors across a range of organisations, we are deeply concerned about the effect of increasing pressures on our health service, and the inevitable impact this is having on doctors training in the UK and the patients we care for.

Increasingly, junior doctors are being moved from their approved speciality training jobs into service delivery roles to ease winter pressures. Yet moving trainees from a known training environment to deliver service elsewhere risks crucial training being missed or delayed, and widening gaps in the future senior workforce. 

Read more about junior doctors being moved from their allocated roles


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.