Consultants committee UK overview

The consultants committee is the only body that represents all consultants in the UK. Find out more about our priorities, membership and annual conference.

Location: UK
Audience: Consultants
Updated: Monday 18 January 2021
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The UK CC takes an interest in all matters concerning the professional lives of consultants, in addition to negotiating national terms and conditions.


Our priorities

UK CC works on a number of issues affecting consultants. Here are our top priorities.

Impact of pensions annual and lifetime allowance taxation on consultants

The current annual and lifetime allowance taxation rules are causing significant problems for consultants across the UK. The consultants committee has been lobbying and increasing awareness among members, MPs and the public. It is clearly an unsustainable situation and the BMA has been working extensively on behalf of consultants to secure a change to the current taxation rules.

Read more about the NHS pension annual allowance and BMA action

The BMA has worked with Dr Tony Goldstone to produce the BMA Goldstone Pension Modeller, a tool for consultants in all four nations of the UK on the 1995, 2008 and 2015 pension schemes to help them understand their risk of being affected by the AA charge going forward.

Consultants pensions survey

Together with other BMA committees, the consultants committee conducted a survey of consultant members across the UK regarding the impact of the pension taxation rules on their ability to continue doing additional work for the NHS. The survey of over 6,000 GP and hospital doctors, found that 30 per cent of consultants had already reduced their workload and 40 per cent planned to reduce their workload in the next 12 months.

Results of the bullying in electronic job planning survey

From May 2018, we have been running a survey of consultants in England regarding their experiences of the electronic job planning process following concerns expressed by our members. The results state that over 50% of respondents have had a negative experience in their last meeting, with almost 25% of these respondents saying they have been bullied.

Read the job planning survey results
Read our analysis

Job plan review: steps to achieving a good outcome

Our guidance will help you to ensure that your job plan is not carried out in isolation and that it forms part of a dynamic, patient-focused process which incorporates organisational, team and individual objectives.

Read more about the job planning process

Contract negotiations for consultants in England

Following the Government’s decision over summer 2018 to ignore DDRB recommendations and implement a derisory pay award - and their subsequent unsatisfactory offer of a multiple-year pay award of 2% a year over three years - negotiations over the consultant contract have stalled. We have emphasised to the Department of Health and Social Care that, while the BMA’s door remains open, until the secretary of state makes a clear commitment to significant additional funding, there can be no possibility of further negotiations on a new contract.

Learn more about BMA consultant contract negotiations


Our people

The UK CC is represented by the chair, deputy chairs and voting and non-voting members.

Chair: Rob Harwood

Deputy chairs:
Deputy chairs for the UK CC for negotiations: Vishal Sharma and Phil de Warren-Penny
Deputy chair of the UK CC for development, communications and professionalism: Helen Fidler
Deputy chair of the UK CC for healthcare policy: Simon Walsh


The UK CC is comprised of representatives from the regional consultants committees in England, the national committees of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, members elected by the representative body, and representatives from other committees and organisations.

Voting members:

  • 10 members elected by the representative body at the annual representative meeting, with at least one member elected to represent each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • three members appointed by each of the 13 regional consultants committees in England
  • two appointed by the Northern Ireland consultants committee
  • two appointed by the Welsh consultants committee
  • six appointed by the Scottish consultants committee.
  • one by the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services of the British Dental Association.

Non-voting members:

  • five ex-Officio posts – chair of council, treasurer, chair of the representative body, chair of the UK consultants conference and the BMA president
  • three visitors from the UK consultants conference
  • seven representatives from other BMA committees
  • three representatives nominated by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • five observers from external organisations
  • up to three visitors through the BMA visitors scheme
  • up to three co-opted members.

Associated committees

Our meetings

The UK CC meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues and develop national policy and strategy. Meetings are open to committee members only, but non-members can apply for the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 4 March 2021
  • Thursday 10 June 2021.

The executive subcommittee will meet:

  • Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Tuesday 13 July 2021.

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information please email [email protected].



The UK consultants conference is your opportunity to discuss issues that affect you and to influence the work of the BMA consultants committee on issues ranging from the annual and lifetime allowance, to the NHS long term plan and what it means for the future of consultants in England.

The 2021 conference will take place on Wednesday 19 May. 

View highlights from the 2020 conference



Elections to the Consultants committee are now closed.

The next elections will take place in 2021. 


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the UK consultants committee, please contact [email protected].