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 all about us here.

Download the SJDC newsletter July 2018


Our priorities

A single lead employer during training programmes

All junior doctors in training programmes in Scotland will soon be employed by one of four health boards for the duration of their training. This will mean less paperwork and fewer problems when moving post for junior doctors and has been a long-standing priority for SJDC.

Read more about what it will mean for juniors in Scotland


Rest periods after night shifts

SJDC have now reached 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


Rota monitoring

SJDC has been working in collaboration with MSG to improve the monitoring process for junior doctors in Scotland with the creation of joint monitoring guidance aimed at employers. 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.

Download the joint BMA Scotland and Scottish Government guidance
Read the BMA guide to rota monitoring
Monitoring the hours that junior doctors work (infographic)


Rest and catering facilities

SJDC has identified that there is wide variation in the quality of rest and catering facilities in training hospitals throughout Scotland. SJDC is working with MSG to agree some realistic improvements that could be made to rest and catering facilities to improve the working lives of junior doctors.


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 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 representation on the Scottish Shape of Training Implementation Group and the Scottish Shape of Training Transition Group.

Find out more about Shape of Training



In 2018, the GMC will continue their work to understand how credentialing processes which recognise doctors’ capabilities in particular practice areas may be taken forward, with a view to producing a revised definition of credentialing for further discussion with stakeholders, including the BMA. The GMC will also be looking at how best to meet the Shape of Training principles, including what aspects of curricula might be delivered outside of postgraduate training. SJDC will be monitoring this work closely through BMA representation on the different Shape of Training groups.

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 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

The meeting dates for sessions 2018-19 are:

  • Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • Thursday 6 December 2018
  • Thursday 28 February 2019
  • Friday 17 May 2019

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]

Regional committee meetings

Regional Junior Doctor Committees (RJDCs) meet four times a year throughout the country. Find out the next meeting information for your region.


Any questions? 

Email us at [email protected]