Useful information for senior doctors

Here are some useful links you may need for working during the Covid pandemic and beyond. They include information for consultants and SAS doctors on changes to working patterns, pay rates, annual leave and arrangements for staff who are sick or shielding, as well as agreements on doctors’ wellbeing and appraisals.

If you need further advice or help over the festive period, you can contact a BMA adviser. The BMA’s First Point of Contact festive opening hours are:

Wednesday 23 December 08:00 – 20:00

Thursday 24 December 08:00 – 18:00

Friday 25 December Closed

Saturday 26 December 09:00 – 17:00

Sunday 27 December 09:00 – 17:00

Monday 28 December Closed

Tuesday 29 December 08:00 – 20:00

Wednesday 30 December 08:00 – 20:00

Thursday 31 December 08:00 – 18:00

Friday 1 January Closed

Saturday 2 January 09:00 – 17:00

Sunday 3 January 09:00 – 17:00

Monday 4 January 08:00 – 20:00

Tuesday 5 January 08:00 – 20:00

BMA guidance:

Information on changes to working patterns and pay rates for consultants and SAS doctors in Scotland, including job plans, remuneration and pay, and acting up during COVID-19.

Joint statement between BMA Scotland and MSG on consultants/SAS doctors working arrangements with information on job planning, appraisal and revalidation, annual leave and quarantine.

Joint statement from BMA Scotland, GMC and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, about doctors’ wellbeing and medical appraisals.

Non-BMA guidance:

Scottish Government guidance for employers and staff on how annual leave and public holidays should be handled during the COVID-19 crisis (16 April 2020).

Scottish Government letter on the Death in Service provisions which have been put in place in respect of COVID-19 (14 May 2020).

Scottish Government guidance clarifying the approach to annual leave and public holidays over 2020-21 (10 June 2020).

Scottish Government guidance for situations in which staff wish to travel to a country for which there is a quarantine period on return (14 July 2020). 

Scottish Government guidance providing further information around annual leave for staff and managers, including those staff who are shielding (17 July 2020).

Scottish Government guidance confirming that staff who are sick with Covid should stay on Covid Special Leave until further notice (9 November 2020).

Variation order by the Scottish Government which extends the full sick leave entitlement to all NHS staff falling ill due to COVID-19, regardless of length of service: