Scottish junior doctors committee

The SJDC (Scottish junior doctors committee) represents and gathers the opinions of junior doctors in Scotland. Find out more about our members, meetings and priorities.

Location: Scotland
Audience: Junior doctors
Last reviewed: 19 May 2022
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​The SJDC represents all doctors in training in hospitals and public health medicine practice in Scotland. Views from around the country are brought together to form national policy.


Our priorities

A single lead employer during training programmes

All junior doctors in training programmes in Scotland are now employed by one of four health boards for the duration of their training. This brings a number of benefits including less paperwork and fewer problems when moving post, and has been a long-standing priority for SJDC.

SJDC is now in discussion with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers to agree Scottish-level approaches on issues arising from the implementation of lead employer arrangements such as public holidays.

Rest periods after night shifts

SJDC has reached an agreement with the Scottish Government and NHS boards that, from August 2019, the rotas of all junior doctors will include mandatory 46-hour recovery periods after runs of night shifts.

Read the agreement reached on definition of night shift 

Leave for significant life events

SJDC has reached an agreement with Scottish Government and NHS boards that junior doctors may now take annual leave for significant life events such as weddings.

Read the letter from the Scottish Government on leave for significant life events

48-hour working week

SJDC is represented on the expert working group considering the Scottish Government policy of a proposed maximum 48-hour working week (with no averaging) for junior doctors in Scotland. SJDC has raised concern over the impact of any implementation of this policy for junior doctors including health and wellbeing, education and training, and the continuity of safe and effective patient care.

SJDC continues to stress the need to consider not only the total hours of work, but rather that other actions need to be implemented aimed at minimising the risks of fatigue and overall junior doctor health and wellbeing, including the availability of rest and catering facilities.

Read our press release

BMA Scotland: supporting junior doctor wellbeing - now and in the future (PDF)

Rota monitoring

SJDC continues to work with Scottish Government and NHS boards to improve the monitoring process and ensure the agreed joint monitoring guidance aimed at employers is adhered to. The guidance aims to remove barriers to accurately recording hours of work. The guidance has been sent to all NHS Scotland employers to help ensure that a fair and consistent approach is adopted.

Improving work-life balance for junior doctors

Supporting work-life balance should be given greater priority when rotas are being designed.

In some rosters, annual leave is allocated to junior doctors in set weeks. This is often referred to as 'fixed leave'. SJDC has reached agreement with Scottish Government and employers that from 1 August 2020, junior doctors will be notified at least six weeks in advance where any period of fixed leave remains in rotas. It is intended that, over time, the use of fixed leave becomes the exception, and that the increasing use of electronic rostering systems will assist NHS boards in achieving this aim.

Read the letter from the Scottish Government on fixed annual leave for junior doctors

Shape of Training review

Shape of Training is an independent review into the ways in which postgraduate medical training could be changed to meet the future needs of patients and health services. Consideration has been given to ways to increase flexibility and improve recruitment to specialty training, such as the introduction of alternative options for post-foundation/pre-specialty training posts. SJDC is monitoring this work closely and providing input through BMA Scotland and SJDC representation on the Scottish Shape of Training implementation group and the Scottish Shape of Training transition group.


The GMC has now confirmed that a small number of GMC-regulated credentials are to be developed in 2019 and will enter an approval process from September 2019.

SJDC continues to monitor the developments and discussions around proposals for the introduction of credentialing through BMA representation on the different Shape of Training groups and in discussions with GMC Scotland.

Read more about credentialing on the GMC website


Our people

Lailah Peel (supernumerary)

Deputy chairs:
vacant (responsible for negotiations)
Neil Ramsay (responsible for education and training)



Jenna Church
Brendan Donnelly
Sam Glasgow-Jackson
Rachel Hughes (chair)
Beth McMahon
Molly Usborne

Philip Broadbent (co-chair)
Ruth Hoggett (co-chair)
Sara O'Rourke

Directly elected national seats
Thomas Cheliotis-James
Samantha Lennox


Sophie Bondje
Timothy Gray
Zack Hassan
Karyn Joss
John Kelly
Lailah Peel
Neil Ramsay
Robert Sykes



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Our meetings

We meet four times a year to discuss issues of key importance to doctors in training.

These meetings are open to members of the SJDC only. Non-voting committee members can also come along and participate as part of the BMA committee visitors' scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • No meetings currently scheduled. 

All meetings will take place either virtually or at:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street
EH2 1LL. 


How to join

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 SJDC, these are: 

Local negotiating committees (LNCJDS/NES LNC)
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for seats on SJDC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held prior to the start of the session.
  • Eligibility - all junior doctors in Scotland who are BMA members and are employed by a lead employer board.
Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for two national seats on SJDC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held prior to the start of the session.
  • Eligibility - all junior doctors in Scotland who are BMA members and are employed by a lead employer 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.  

Should you wish to join the committee via LNCJDS and NES LNC, contact your local LNC for further information.



Elections to the Scottish junior doctors committee are now closed.


Get in touch

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