Consultant Discretionary Points
Discretionary Points are a financial award paid at the discretion of the employer to reward excellence. To warrant payment of a discretionary point, consultants will be expected to demonstrate an above average contribution in respect of service to patients, teaching, research and the management and development of the service.
The employer, in determining the award of discretionary points, will follow the guidance in NHS Circular PCS(DD)1995/6 and the SEHD Guidance of 12 January 2000 ‘Discretionary Points for Consultants’.
The application process is open to all Consultants who:-
Employers have discretion on the number of points to be granted in any individual case in any particular year, and on the total number of points to be granted in any year subject to the minimum requirement of 0.35 points per eligible Consultant.
Notwithstanding this principle only in exceptional circumstances will more than two discretionary points be awarded to an individual in any single year.
All eligible consultants will be written to at their home addresses and invited to submit an application. It is the responsibility of the Consultant to ensure the Payroll department hold their current address.
Applicants will be given four weeks from the date of the invite letter to return their completed application. Applications will not be accepted if they are late and/or not completed in accordance with the guidance specification.
To apply you will need to read and follow the Guidance Note on Completion of Application and complete and return the Application Form Part A, Application Form Part B, Declaration Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form by the closing date shown on your invite letter.
Please note that Part B is a ‘fillable form’ which is fixed in length. The form cannot be expanded in length and each box is set in size. The font size has also been set to the required format, Arial Narrow 11. Please do not alter the font size otherwise your application will be disqualified.
Please submit completed application forms by email to: [email protected]
Consultants should not apply for discretionary points in the year following the receipt of an award apart from in exceptional circumstances. If you believe there are exceptional circumstances you will also need to complete Appendix 5.
All applications are anonymised and scored independently by members of the Sector/Directorate Discretionary Points Committee comprised of the following individuals:-
The committee composition has equal numbers of management to MSA Representatives
Consultants may wish to discuss their application with the relevant Chief of Medicine before deciding on whether to proceed with a formal appeal
In the event that a consultant believes that the process of awarding discretionary points has been unfair i.e. they believe they have been disadvantaged by the assessment, there is the right of appeal. The purpose of the appeal hearing is for an independent panel to review the consultant’s original application and the scores awarded by the Discretionary Points Committee, to assess whether the process of awarding points has been carried out fairly. It is not an opportunity for the consultant to present new information.
Appeals must be made in writing to the Head of People & Change within one month of the candidate receiving notification that they will not be receiving an award. The grounds of appeal must be clearly stated by the applicant in their letter of appeal.
On receipt of an appeal the Medical Staffing Unit will arrange an appeal hearing, within two calendar months of the completion of all the Discretionary Points Committee’ meetings. The appeals panel comprises of the following individuals:-
Following the appeal, the appellant will be informed in writing within three working days of the decision.
The decision of the Appeals Panel will be final.
What is the Internal Audit Process?
At the end of each Discretionary Points round, a random selection of anonymised applications will be subject to internal audit to verify accuracy, on an annual basis.