Junior Doctors Committee Scotland

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Scottish Junior Doctors Committee (SJDC)

The SJDC represents all doctors in training grades in hospital and public health medicine practice in Scotland. Views from around the country are brought together and form national policy. Find out more.


Nominations for two directly elected national representatives to SJDC 2019-20 are now open and will close on 15 August 2019. To find out more and to nominate yourself, visit our election website.


Our priorities

A single lead employer during training programmes

All junior doctors in training programmes in Scotland are now employed by one of four health boards for the duration of their training. This brings a number of benefits to improve the working lives of junior doctors, including less paperwork and fewer problems when moving post for junior doctors and has been a long-standing priority for SJDC.

SJDC are now in discussion with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers to agree Scottish-level approaches on a number of issues arising from the implementation of lead employer arrangements such as public holidays.


Rest periods after night shifts

SJDC have reached an agreement with the Scottish Government and NHS boards that, from August 2019, the rotas of all junior doctors will include mandatory 46-hour recovery periods after runs of night shifts. 

Find out more about this agreement


Leave for significant life events

SJDC have stressed, in discussions with NHS Scotland employers, to recognise the importance of junior doctors taking annual leave for significant life events.  SJDC have now reached agreement with Scottish Government and NHS boards so that junior doctors may now take annual leave for significant life events such as a wedding.

See here for detail on this agreement


48 hour working week

SJDC are represented on the Expert Working Group considering the Scottish Government policy of a proposed maximum 48-hour working week (with no averaging) for junior doctors in Scotland. SJDC have raised concern over the impact of any implementation of this policy for junior doctors including health and wellbeing, education and training, and the continuity of safe and effective patient care.

SJDC continue to stress the need to consider not only the total hours of work, but rather that other actions need to be implemented aimed at minimizing the risks of fatigue and overall junior doctor health and wellbeing, including the availability of rest and catering facilities. 


Rota monitoring

SJDC continue to work with Scottish Government and NHS boards to improve the monitoring process for junior doctors in Scotland and ensure the agreed joint monitoring guidance aimed at employers is adhered to. The guidance aims to remove barriers to accurately recording hours of work – for example, it advises employers that a consultant signature is not required on monitoring forms. The guidance has been sent to all NHS Scotland employers to help ensure that a fair and consistent approach is adopted across all Scottish NHS boards.

Read the BMA guide to rota monitoring
Monitoring the hours that junior doctors work (infographic)


Improving work-life balance for junior doctors

Supporting the work-life balance of junior doctors should be given greater priority when rotas are being designed. SJDC are exploring, with the Scottish Government and employers, ways in which fixed annual leave can be reduced or eliminated, and have called for leave to be guaranteed to juniors to attend significant life events.


Shape of training review

Shape of training is an independent review into the ways in which postgraduate medical training could be changed to meet the future needs of patients and health services. Consideration has been given to ways to increase flexibility and improve recruitment to specialty training, such as the introduction of alternative options for post-foundation/pre-specialty training posts. SJDC is monitoring this work closely and providing input through BMA Scotland and SJDC representation on the Scottish Shape of Training Implementation Group and the Scottish Shape of Training Transition Group.

Find out more about Shape of Training



The GMC have now confirmed that an initial, small number of GMC-regulated credentials are to be developed in 2019 and will enter an approval process first from September 2019.

SJDC continue to monitor closely the developments and discussions around proposals for the introduction of credentialing through BMA representation on the different Shape of Training groups and in discussions with GMC Scotland. 

Find out more about credentialing on the GMC website


Who we are


SJDC chair: Lewis Hughes (supernumerary)

View the list of who sits on the committee.

Download the info pack

Get involved

Interested in getting involved in the BMA and becoming a member of the SJDC?

Download information to find out how


Committee meetings

We meet four times a year to discuss issues that are most important to doctors in training.

Who can come

These meetings are open to members of the Scottish junior doctors committee only.

Non-voting committee members can also come along and participate as part of the BMA committee visitors' scheme.

Download and complete the visitors's scheme application form

Meeting dates for 2019-2020 session

  • Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Friday 12 June 2020

All meetings take place from 11am to 4pm.

Where we meet

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street

More information

For more details about the committee, please email Dominique Maske at [email protected]


Any questions? 

Email us at [email protected]