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Contract implementation timeline

Timeline for transition on to the new 2016 terms and conditions

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A new timeline has been published following the Secretary of State for Health's announcement on 6 July that he would introduce the agreed contract:

July 2016

Appoint guardians of safe working hours

26 July 2016

Guardian of safe working hours conference, London

3 August 2016

Contract is live

October 2016

Transition to the new terms and conditions of service (TCS) for:

  • Obstetrics ST3 and above

November - December 2016

Transition to the new TCS for:

  • F1 doctors taking up next appointments
  • F2 doctors taking up next appointment and sharing rotas with F1 doctors

February - April 2017

Transition to the new TCS for:

  • Psychiatry trainees taking up next appointments (all grades)
  • Pathology trainees (lab based) (all grades)
  • Paediatrics trainees taking up next appointments (all grades)
  • Surgical trainees (all disciplines) taking up next appointments (all grades)
  • F2 doctors and GP trainees (ST1/2) taking up next appointments and sharing rotas with any of the above

August - October 2017

  • All remaining trainees taking up next appointments (all grades)
  • All new starters (all grades)