The WJDC considers all matters affecting junior doctors in Wales and acts on their behalf. We do this by informing, liaising and collaborating with Welsh Government, HEIW (Health Education and Improvement Wales), NWSSP (NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership) and local health boards. We also work closely with the Welsh council and the UKJDC.
Junior doctor contract talks in Wales
The committee is currently engaging in contract reform talks with the Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers to explore potential changes to the terms and conditions of service and make Wales an even better place to train, work and live as a junior doctor.
Read more about junior doctor contract talks in Wales
Study budget review
Following long-term pressure from the WJDC, HEIW has agreed that any funds within a trainee’s annual individual study budget, that are unspent at the end of a particular training year, can now be rolled over and added to their budget for the next training year.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, WJDC has worked hard to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on junior doctors. Amongst other streams of work, this has involved agreeing joint statements with Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers on the application of the terms and conditions of service to emergency COVID-19 rotas, and on the rollover of annual leave and study budget across training years.
Less than full time training
WJDC has successfully lobbied for greater flexibility within the LTFT training policy in Wales. The new policy removes the requirement for junior doctors to fall into eligibility categories in order to apply to train LTFT. It also stipulates that all specialties should offer a range of percentage WTE (working time equivalent) options, rather than just the typically offered 50%.
Fatigue and facilities charter
The Welsh Fatigue and Facilities Charter and its accompanying FAQs was launched in May 2020. All health boards in Wales have signed up to the charter and must take active steps towards compliance with its stipulations. The charter ensures baseline standards for facilities, rostering and other areas to help address the issue of fatigue among junior doctors.
Read more about BMA work on fatigue and sleep deprivation.
Travel and relocation expenses reimbursement
WJDC is working with HEIW to review the Welsh trainee travel and relocation expenses policy, advocating changes to the policy to ensure that no trainee is left out of pocket.
Single lead employer for hospital-based trainees
WJDC is a key stakeholder on the project board for the implementation of NWSSP as the single lead employer for hospital-based trainees in Wales. Being a member of the board enables us to raise our members’ issues directly with NWSSP and advocate for a smooth transition process for all trainees.
Co-chairs: Dr Evan Sun and Dr Aleena Haider
Dr Josie Cheetham (education and training)
Dr Milan Makwana (terms and conditions)
WJDC executive subcommittee members:
Dr Gney Mehta
Dr Elliot Ismail
Dr Komalpreet Kaur
Dr Catherine Bralesford
Dr Josie Cheetham
Dr Michael Cooper
Dr Mari Davies
Dr Joshua Garg
Dr Thomas Grother
Dr Sofia Hadjieconomou
Dr Aleena Haider
Dr Irina Halfacree
Dr Gurvinder Singh
Dr Elliot Ismail
Dr Imogen John
Dr Daniel Jones
Dr Komalpreet Kaur
Dr Zoe Li
Dr Yin Lim
Dr Milan Makwana
Dr Alice Maxwell
Dr Gney Mehta
Dr Muhammad Nawaz
Dr Alice O'Donnell
Dr Sushrut Oomman
Dr Rhys Owen
Dr Emma Parkes
Dr Alexandra Phillips
Dr Stephanie Rees
Dr Ainsley Richards
Dr Nathan Riddell
Dr Peter Rogers
Dr Cheryl Spooner
Dr Evan Sun
Dr Sanjeevan Yoganathan
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We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting junior doctors in Wales. These meetings are open to members of the WJDC only.
- Wednesday 9 June 2021.
All meetings take place from 10am to 3pm either virtually or at:
BMA Cymru Wales
2 Caspian Point
How to join WJDC
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 WJDC, this is:
- Seats/term - every year, elections for 30 seats on WJDC take place for a one-session term.
- Timeline - elections are usually held in the summer, after the final meeting of the session.
- Eligibility - all junior doctors who work in Wales are eligible to stand in this election. All junior doctors who are BMA members and work in Wales can vote in this election.
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.