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The LNC last met in November where discussion was wide ranging!
Juniors- FY1 rota monitoring exercise and subsequent negotiations were at times stressful and difficult but we have resolved the issue with rebanding to a 2a and agreement that we include our FY1's in the work to improve their jobs and rotas going forwards. They are keen to be part of a solution based approach to the significant challenges this rota brings with it due to the numbers being so low. The board have also tried to recruit an extra member on both the medicine and surgery FY1 rota so we are grateful to the management for that constructive effort to help resolve a difficult set of problems.
Consultants- the discretionary points process ran and is almost complete. We are planning to review the process and update it this year and will communicate any changes as soon as they are agreed at JLNC. Due to the vagaries of the new taxation laws there may be some who feel that they should not apply as they may end up worse off- ask your independent financial adviser if you think this may affect you.
Public holidays-All senior staff- we would like to remind all senior doctors that if they work on a public holiday they are entitled to claim premium time for the hours they worked and also have a day off in lieu. They must actively claim for the hours using the appropriate forms.
Job Planning- all consultant and SAS doctors should have annual job plan reviews please contact your lead clinician ( clinical line manager) and request a review and in preparation for that do a job diary for a representative period of time. Remember to take your PDP with you and know what the aims of your service are for the next 12 months because these things will influence your job plan going forwards. If at any time you feel your jab plan needs reviewed you can request that it happen and your clinical manager will arrange it.
Appraisal- if you are keen to be an appraiser we would strongly recommend you ask for a job plan review before you do the training in order to make time for your work as an appraiser ( nationally agreed 0.5PA) before you train to do it.
If you need advice on any of these or other issues please contact your LNC representatives. They may be able to help you but may also need to seek further advice or if you are a BMA member, may refer you to our excellent employment advisers.