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

We 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.



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.


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.

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

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]