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Doctors and Dentists in Training (junior doctors)

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Lead Employer

From August 2018, NHS Scotland is moving from 22 Health Board employers to just 4 Lead Employers for Doctors and Dentists in Training:

  1. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - West Region
  2. NHS Lothian - East Region
  3. NHS Grampian - North Region
  4. NHS Education for Scotland - GP Training

NES will be the lead employer for all GP trainees, with the 3 other Lead Employers covering the other specialties and foundation trainees on a regional basis. The national programmes will be distributed across the Lead Employers, so that trainees on these programmes will also benefit from a single employer for the duration of their programme.

The other Boards will continue to host trainees on placement as part of the training programme, they will be known as ‘Placement Boards’. Whilst the Employing Boards will have employment responsibilities, the Placement Boards will continue to have clinical governance responsibility and operational management for those engaged in providing clinical care to Placement Board patients. The Lead Employer model has been developed in partnership with the British Medical Association.

New and existing trainees will begin transitioning onto the Lead Employer arrangements from April 2018.

To support this work the Turas platform has been extended to include Turas People, an application that will assist medical staffing/ HR colleagues in employment related workflows, facilitating the provision of information between trainees, Placement Boards and Employing Boards, reducing duplication across systems and assisting in ensuring that the trainees get paid accurately.

We hope these changes will improve the Doctors and Dentists in Training employment journey as follows:

  • less employment related administration and duplication of information provided;
  • a single contract of employment for the duration of a programme;
  • reduced tax issues;
  • continuous service with one employer making it easier for you to access employee benefits;
  • clearer employment arrangements for money lenders (e.g. mortgages/ cars/ credit rating)

For further information regarding the Lead Employer model, please refer to:-

NHS Education for Scotland, 12.07.2018 Press Release - Improving Junior Doctors Lives 

BMA Scotland, 12.07.2018  Press Release - Agreement introducing recovery periods after night shifts

Lead Employer Arrangements