Scottish consultants committee

The Scottish consultants committee represents all consultants working in Scotland. Find out more about our priorities, meetings and membership.

Location: Scotland
Audience: Consultants
Updated: Friday 16 July 2021
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Our priorities

Recruitment and retention

Even before COVID-19, BMA Scotland had reported that the NHS was overstretched and under-resourced.

United action must be taken to retain consultants in Scotland’s NHS as it deals with and then recovers from the pandemic. We have brought together evidence to show there is a worsening crisis in the consultant workforce.

Consultant vacancy figures

Data collected by SCC shows that the consultant vacancy rate is now more than double the official government figures. A recent BMA survey shows that more than 45% of participating consultants are considering retiring in the next five years.

Pensions

The punitive, unfair and complex pension tax charging regime continues to have a negative impact on retaining consultants in Scotland and is a key issue for SCC.

While some pension taxation reforms made in the 2020 UK budget were a welcomed first step, pension tax issues continue to lead doctors to cut sessions or retiring early.

SCC continues to press the Scottish Government for further pension reform.

Distinction awards and discretionary points

The Scottish Government has confirmed that discretionary points will be paid from 1 April 2021 for work done in 2020-21. However, distinction awards continue to be frozen with no increase in the value of the awards, no new awards and no progression through the award scheme.

It has been more than 10 years since the freeze on higher awards. The DDRB (doctors and dentists pay review body), the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the medical schools of Scotland support our concern that the ongoing freeze on the distinction awards scheme is having a serious effect on recruitment to senior posts. We are also concerned that the lack of new awards puts Scotland at a disadvantage in relation to other parts of the UK where new awards continue to be made.

Learn more about distinction awards and discretionary points

Representing consultants in Scotland

The SCC represents the views and priorities of consultants in Scotland on a range of other BMA committees and external bodies.

Some of the external groups and bodies we liaise with on behalf of consultants in Scotland include:

  • General Medical Council
  • Revalidation Delivery Board for Scotland
  • Shape of Medical Training Transition Group
  • Specialty Training Boards
  • Scottish Government Management Steering Group (MSG)
  • Disciplinary Procedures Review Group.

Reengaging the workforce

The SCC commissioned research on the changing experience of work for consultants in NHS Scotland. It indicated that, despite consultants' commitment to their patients, their colleagues, and the health service, they are disengaged from NHS boards and their management structures.

Download the full report
Download the executive summary

Having discussed this with consultants from across Scotland, we believe that the best way to reengage consultants is to try to reinvigorate the appropriate use of the statutory medical advisory structures.

We've produced a paper that outlines a list of principles and a possible framework to help facilitate discussion in order to support both NHS boards and local consultant representatives.

Download the paper

Balancing DCC (direct clinical care) and non-DCC work

Our guidance is aimed specifically at helping address the imbalance in some consultants' job plans between DCC and non-DCC work. It aims to provide support for consultants who are concerned about the non-DCC component of their job plan and the medical managers who are responsible for agreeing job plans with consultants.

Download the guidance

 

Our people

Chair: Graeme Euson

Deputy chair: Alan Robertson

SCC fund treasurer: Alan Robertson

Members

Two representatives appointed by Ayrshire & Arran ACC
Dr Lucie Buck
Ms Jacqui McMillan

Two representatives appointed by Borders ACC
Joanna Bredski
Vacancy

Two representatives appointed by Dumfries & Galloway ACC
Dr Ranjit Thomas
Vacancy

Two representatives appointed by Fife ACC
Dr Chu Chin Lim
Dr Jane Timperley

Two representatives appointed by Forth Valley ACC
Dr William Newman
Vacancy

Three representatives appointed by Grampian ACC
Prof Irfan Ahmed
Mr Simon Barker
Mr Rory Morrison

10 representatives appointed by Greater Glasgow & Clyde ACC
Dr Julie Arthur
Dr Iain Kennedy
Dr Douglas McCarter
Dr Iain McGlinchey
Dr Lee Riddell
Dr Judith Roberts
Allyson Ramsay
Kenny Pollock
Mahesh Perera
Sajid Farid

Two representatives appointed by Highland & Western Isles ACC
Mr Christian Michels
Dr Robert Peel

Three representatives appointed by Lanarkshire ACC
Dr Surindra Maharaj
Vacancy x2

Six representatives appointed by Lothian ACC
Dr Ashish Agrawal
Dr Karen Darragh
Dr Andreas Demetriades
Dr Ewan Olson
Dr Sunit Rane
Dr Joo Thong

Three representatives appointed by Tayside ACC
Dr Duncan Forbes
Dr Tamasin Knight
Dr Alan Robertson

Two representatives directly elected by consultants in Scotland
Dr Richard Levin
Dr John Miller

Two representatives appointed by NHS Special or Islands health boards
Dr Mark Steven
Vacancy

One representative appointed by the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services of the BDA
Dr Manar Elkhazindar

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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live out BMA behaviour principles.
Find out more

Our meetings

We meet three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting consultant doctors in Scotland.

Only members of the SCC may attend meetings and vote; however, consultants who are BMA members are welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity as part of the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 (Queen Street)
  • Thursday 17 February 2022 (virtual)
  • Wednesday 27 April 2022 (Queen Street)

All meetings are held virtually or at:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1LL  

 

How to join SCC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills.

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of SCC, these are:

Local negotiating committees
  • Seats/term - every year, LNCs elect 35 representatives in total for a one-session term. Seats to LNCs are distributed evenly between boards based on the number of consultants employed in the board area. Where there is no recognised and functioning LNC, nominations may be sought from an alternative local representative body by agreement with the BMA assistant secretary.  
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in May.
  • Eligibility - all consultants who are BMA members are eligible to stand and vote if they live in the relevant areas.

Contact your local negotiating committee

Health boards elections
  • Seats/term - every two years, elections for two seats on SCC for members employed by an island health board or a special health board take place for a two-session term. No more than one member from any one health board can be elected.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held prior to the start of the session.
  • Eligibility - all consultants who are BMA members and working in an island health board or a special health board are eligible to stand and vote in this election. 
Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every two years, elections for four seats on SCC take place for a two-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections are usually held prior to the start of the session.
  • Eligibility - all consultants who are BMA members working in a Scottish NHS board and holding a substantive consultant appointment, or locum consultants on the specialist medical register or on the medical staff of a National health service board.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.

 

Elections

Health boards elections 2021 to 2023

SCC is holding elections for the following seats for a two-session term:

  • two consultants employed by an island board or a special board in Scotland.

No more than one seat can be elected from any one board. 

Eligibility

To stand or vote in this election, you must:

  • be a consultant and BMA member
  • work in an island health board or a special health board in Scotland
  • have a BMA online account.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 9am on Friday 23 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 13 August 2021.
  • Ballot - from 9am on Monday 16 August 2021 to 12pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

Direct elections 2021 to 2023

SCC is holding elections for 4 seats for a two-session term. 

Eligibility

To stand or vote in this election, you must:

  • be a consultant and BMA member
  • work in a Scottish NHS board and hold a substantive consultant appointment, or locum consultants on the specialist medical register or on the medical staff of a National health service board.
  • have a BMA online account.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 9am on Friday 23 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 13 August 2021.
  • Ballot - from 9am on Monday 16 August 2021 to 12pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in these elections

Results

Results for both elections will be announced from Monday 30 August 2021 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the SCC, call us on 0131 247 3000 or email us.

If you’d like to feedback on our priorities, email the SCC chair.