Junior doctors committee UK overview

The junior doctors committee (JDC) are dedicated to working on the key issues and challenges facing all junior doctors. Find out more about our members, meetings and priorities.

Location: UK
Audience: Junior doctors
Updated: Monday 11 October 2021
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UKJDC represents the views of junior doctors across the UK to the government, royal colleges and educational bodies. 

 

Our priorities

COVID-19

We continue to focus efforts on ensuring the rights, training and wellbeing of junior doctors are protected throughout the response to the pandemic. We are also working with the wider association on working conditions, safety at work and other key issues facing our profession during these difficult times.

Pay for junior doctors in England

JDC is planning its response to the government's recent pay award, considering all options, including a ballot for industrial action. The BMA recently did an all-member survey asking junior doctors across the country what they think of the government pay award, and any industrial action they think they would be willing to take in response at this time.

The survey has now closed, and the data is being processed. The results of this survey will inform the JDC when deciding next steps, and how we respond to this year's pay offer, as we redouble our efforts in our campaign for fairness for the frontline. We will keep you updated as this progresses.

Junior doctors contracts

Junior doctors in England have voted in favour of accepting negotiated contract improvements to the 2016 terms and conditions of service (TCS) for doctors and dentists in training. These improvements were negotiated as part of the 2018 review of the 2016 TCS, undertaken between the BMA, NHS Employers, and the Department of Health and Social Care.

JDC also continues to ensure that the 2002 terms and conditions of service work for the trainees who remain on this contract.

Protecting junior doctors from contract breaches

In 2019 a legal test case on behalf of JDC secured a binding precedent in England and Wales regarding how monitoring of rotas for those junior doctors on the 2002 contract should be done. You can find out more about this case and what support the BMA can offer you if you have been affected.

Focus on flexibility

A key demand for junior doctors is greater flexibility in their working lives. The JDC has been working with the GMC, national education bodies and other stakeholders to improve flexibility for all trainees, both those training less than full time (LTFT) and full time.

This work has focused on projects such as transferring competencies between specialties, the GMC flexibility review, the HEE led ARCP review, Gold Guide reviews, the Category 3 LTFT Pilots and the Supported Return to Training programme so far. Moving forward this continues to be a key priority for the JDC, with projects on a range on flexibility initiatives. 

Our LTFT training forum has been formed to focus on the issues relating to less than full time training and contractual implications for LTFT trainees.

Medical education reform

Since early 2018, HEE has been working to change the way that medical education and training takes place in England, with a wide variety of different priorities and objectives. While some, such as the review of the ARCP process in England and Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives, have the needs of trainees at their core, the JDC scrutinises outputs from these reviews to ensure that they deliver the necessary improvements for doctors in training.

The JDC was involved throughout the Foundation Programme Review, and successfully pushing back against changes that would disadvantage junior doctors at the earliest stages of their careers whilst advocating for increased flexibility, non clinical time, career development and the recently published Foundation Doctor Charter. The JDC will continue to engage with these proposals and ensure their introduction for all foundation doctors.

Regional rep training

JDC has committed to improving the training given to regional and local representatives. We accredit and train our union reps locally to make them confident to be the go-to people when it comes to improving issues in the workplace.

The future workforce

The makeup of the NHS workforce is changing. JDC will continue to advocate for appropriate regulation of the Medical Associate Professions and Advanced Clinical Practitioners and seek to ensure the protection of our training time and standards.

We are also urging employers to ensure parity of pay and training for hundreds of anaesthetists told they do not have a job within the NHS training scheme from August.

Our people

Chair: Dr Sarah Hallett

Deputy chairs:
Dr Lucie Cocker, deputy chair for education and training
Dr Rowan Gossedge, deputy chair for professional issues and negotiating
Dr Brendan Donnelly, deputy chair for terms and conditions of service and negotiations

JDC executive

The JDC executive subcommittee is made up of:

  • the chair of the JDC
  • the three deputy chairs of the JDC
  • four JDC members elected to the education and training subcommittee
  • four JDC members elected to the terms and conditions of service and negotiating subcommittee.

With the addition of the following non-voting seats:

  • the chairs of the Scottish JDC, Welsh JDC, Northern Ireland JDC and the chair of one of the English regional JDCs
  • the junior doctors' conference chair
  • the chair(s) of the medical students committee
  • the chair(s) of the trainees committee of the general practitioners committee
  • the chair(s) of the trainees subcommittee of the public health medicine committee
  • one representative of the consultants committee
  • one representative of the staff and associate specialists committee
  • one doctor in flexible training elected by the junior doctors conference.

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Our meetings

JDC meets four times a year to discuss the issues that are most important to doctors in training. These meetings are open to JDC members only, but you can attend as a visitor as part of the committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Saturday 2 October 2021

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021

  • Friday 4 March 2022

  • Friday 10 June 2022

JDC executive meetings

Meeting dates:

  • Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November 2021 (strategy weekend)

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022

  • Thursday 7 April 2022

  • Thursday 11 August 2022

All meetings will take place virtually until further notice. 

For more information, email [email protected].

 

Conferences

2021 junior doctors conference

This year's conference was held on Saturday 8 May 2021.

2020 junior doctors conference

This event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Junior members forum

The JMF (junior member forum) is a weekend-long BMA conference dedicated to giving junior members the chance to be heard on the issues that matter most to you.

 

How to join UKJDC

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 UKJDC, these are: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for the 13 RJDCs in England are held for their executive committee for a one-session term. Roles include, but are not limited to: chair, deputy chair, secretary, communications officer and equalities officer. Of the elected, 42 will automatically get a seat on UKJDC.
  • Timeline - these elections are run by regional staff after the August rotation, results are usually known in late August.
  • Eligibility - all junior doctors* who are BMA members are eligible to stand and vote in this election exclusively in the region where they live or work.
National JDCs elections to UKJDC
  • Seats/term - every year, elections on UKJDC from the junior doctor committees in the devolved nations take place for the following seats: 
  • NIJDC - 2 seats
  • SJDC - 4 members 
  • WJDC - 2 seats.
  • Timeline - these elections are run by staff in the devolved nations at their first meetings of the session, usually held in September.
  • Eligibility - all junior doctor* voting members of NIJDC, SJDC or WJDC are eligible to stand and vote in this election.
ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for 8 seats on UKJDC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM and voting closes a few days after ARM. 
  • Eligibility - all UK junior doctors* who are BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.
UK council elections
  • Seats/term - every four years, those members of BMA UK council who are junior doctors* at the time of the first UKJDC meeting of the session will gain a seat on UKJDC. 

*For all four routes, a junior doctor is defined as:

  1. medically qualified at the time of the first JDC meeting of the session; and
  2. engaged for the majority of their medical professional time in junior medical practice; or
  3. have fulfilled condition 2 within two calendar years prior to appointment to JDC, and able to declare their intention of fulfilling it again.

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.  

Please check the election sections of your regional or national JDCs for details about any running elections:

 

Elections

Elections to the junior doctors committee are now closed.

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the JDC, email [email protected].

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