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 May 2016


Our priorities

Junior doctors' working patterns

As of February 2016, junior doctors in Scotland are no longer expected to work more than seven consecutive day shifts. This rule was introduced by the Scottish Government with the intention of creating working patterns that are safer for both patients and doctors. SJDC welcome the Scottish Government’s efforts to improve working patterns for junior doctors, however, has reported some concerns about unexpected negative impact on junior doctor rotas resulting from the strict application of the seven consecutive day rule. SJDC is working with MSG (Management Steering Group) – a joint group of NHS Scotland employers and Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate – to create best practice guidance on rota design. This is part of SJDC’s work to help ensure that the rule is applied in a safe and sensible manner by all Scottish NHS boards.


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.



The Scottish Government is currently trialling a new electronic method of designing junior doctor rotas, with the aim of introducing a consistent and safe approach to all Scottish NHS boards. The e-rostering pilot began in NHS Grampian and is expected to be extended to all health boards. SJDC reps have been closely involved in the NHS Grampian pilot and initial impressions are generally positive – the software has the potential to maximise flexibility for trainees whilst ensuring working patterns remain safe. However, SJDC has made some suggestions on ways to improve the functionality of the software. SJDC will continue to be actively involved in e-rostering pilots across Scotland in order to maximise the benefits to junior doctors.


HR shared services and lead employer arrangements

A ‘Once for Scotland’ HR shared services programme has been established, which brings together different strands of work aimed at developing a consistent HR approach for doctors and dentists in training.  A working group – which includes BMA representation - has been looking at ways to align health boards’ policies and procedures. The programme is also considering options for lead employer arrangements for the duration of junior doctors’ training. SJDC is supportive of lead employer arrangements in principle but has proposed a full options appraisal before a final decision is made. SJDC will continue to feed into the different strands of the HR shared services programme in order to ease junior doctors’ transition between training posts.


New junior doctor contract

SJDC is closely monitoring developments regarding the introduction of a new junior doctor contract in England, although this new contract does not affect junior doctors in Scotland. The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will continue to honour the existing junior doctor contract and any move towards a new contract will only happen when the time is right and on the basis of principled negotiation. SJDC will continue to work with the Scottish Government to help ensure the best terms and conditions for junior doctors in Scotland.


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



The GMC are considering a new process called credentialing to recognise doctors’ capabilities in particular areas of practice, with the focus on areas that aren’t currently covered by CCT. A consultation was carried out, to which the BMA contributed. After considering the results of the consultation, the GMC agreed to work with a small number of potential early adopters to evaluate and test the cost effectiveness and efficacy of the model during 2016-2017. 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: Adam Collins (supernumerary)

View the list of who sits on the committee.

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Get involved

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

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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

Next dates

2017-18 session (dates subject to change)

  • Tuesday 12 September 2017
  • Thursday 7 December 2017
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
  • Friday 18 May 2018

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]