Junior doctors committee UK overview

The junior doctors committee (JDC) are dedicated to focusing their work 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: Friday 10 July 2020
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Our priorities

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.

Focus on flexibility

A key demand for junior doctors is greater flexibility in their working lives. The JDC has been working with the GMC, HEE and other stakeholders to improve flexibility for those training both 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.

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 pushed back against changes from the system that would not benefit junior doctors at the earliest stages of their careers. The JDC will continue to engage with these proposals.

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 future of the NHS appears ever changing. JDC will continue to work towards appropriate regulation of the Medical Associate Professions and Advanced Clinical Practitioners and seek to ensure the protection of our training time.


Our people

The core of the JDC is made up of elected junior doctors from national and regional junior doctors committees. We represent the views of junior doctors across the UK to the government, royal colleges and educational bodies. Please contact your local rep or get in touch with your regional or national committee to find out more.

Chair: Dr Sarah Hallett

Deputy chairs:
Dr Lucie Kennedy-Cocker, deputy chair for education and training
Dr Matthew Tuck, deputy chair for professional issues
Dr Jonathan Fenwick, 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.

Associated committees

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.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday 2 June 2020


JDC executive meetings

Upcoming sessions:

  • Thursday 23 April 2020
  • Thursday 13 August 2020

All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information, email [email protected].



Junior doctors conference

This event has been 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.

Learn more about the 2019 event



Any junior doctor who works or lives in the UK can stand for election. The elections are open to all grades of junior doctor, from F1 through to a senior registrar, and across all specialties. Your commitment will vary and will depend on the role you stand for. Most positions will involve no more than four meetings per year.

Elections to the RJDCs took place in August 2019. We will include information about upcoming elections here. To find out more, please email [email protected]


Get involved

You can get involved in the BMA through your workplace or your local area, as a volunteer or by standing as an elected representative.

  • You could become the junior doctors' representative on your LNC (local negotiating committee) and ensure the voice of junior doctors is heard.
  • You could join your RJDC or NJDC and stand for election to represent junior doctors in your area.
  • You could become a member of the UK JDC and represent junior doctors to Government, among other bodies - you will need to be elected by your NJDC or RJDC first.

Get in touch

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