How Well Do You Know Your Contract?

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How Well Do You Know Your Contract?

Your contract determines your working hours, your pay, your rota, your training and much more. But how well do you know the junior doctors contract? Take our short quiz and find out. . .


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How many weeks of annual leave is a junior doctor entitled to?
    • A. 

      Four

    • B. 

      Four, then five after three years of core or specialty training

    • C. 

      Five, then six after three years of core or specialty training

    • D. 

      There is no minimum fixed entitlement - it depends on the employer's local policy

  • 2. 
    From Foundation Year 2 onwards, how much study leave should a junior doctor expect?
    • A. 

      A maximum of 3 days per year / one day per university term

    • B. 

      A maximum of 15 days per year / one week per university term

    • C. 

      A maximum of 30 days per year / one day per week during university term

    • D. 

      There is no contractual expectation - you don't have to get any; it depends on your training programme

  • 3. 
    If a junior doctor has a public holiday off work, but they work the day before and their shift runs into the early hours of the morning of the public holiday, what is their entitlement?
    • A. 

      The rest of the public holiday off, but nothing more. It doesn't matter how late the previous shift ends

    • B. 

      The rest of the public holiday off, but nothing more, as long as it finishes before 9am. If it finishes after 9am, they are also entitled to an extra day off in lieu

    • C. 

      The rest of the public holiday off, and they are also entitled to an extra day off in lieu

    • D. 

      An employer cannot require a junior doctor to work a shift that runs into a public holiday

  • 4. 
    If a junior doctor has a 'trade union duty' - such as a duty as part of a BMA role - are they entitled to take leave for this?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes, but you have to count it against your annual leave

    • C. 

      Yes, but it would be unpaid

    • D. 

      Yes, and it would be paid

  • 5. 
    How frequently is a junior doctor entitled to take breaks during a full-intensity shift (a period of duty on a 'full shift' rota)?
    • A. 

      After approximately four hours of continuous duty

    • B. 

      After approximately six hours of continuous duty

    • C. 

      After approximately eight hours of continuous duty

    • D. 

      You can only take breaks out-of-hours

  • 6. 
    What should happen if a monitoring exercise shows that junior doctors are not getting these natural breaks on at least three quarters of the occasions when they should get them?
    • A. 

      The employer should apologise. If monitoring exercises consistently show the same result, the employer should work with the junior doctors to find a way to make sure they do get their breaks in future

    • B. 

      The employer should immediately begin to work with the junior doctors to find a way to make sure they do get their breaks in future, and should immediately pay a Band 3 (100%) supplement until monitoring shows they are getting their breaks again

    • C. 

      The employer should immediately begin to work with the junior doctors to find a way to make sure they do get their breaks in future. If the next monitoring exercise shows that they are still not getting them, the employer should pay a Band 3 (100%) supplement until monitoring shows they are getting their breaks again

    • D. 

      The employer should apologise, and immediately begin to work with the junior doctors to find a way to make sure they do get their breaks in future

  • 7. 
    What does an employer need to do if they want to change a rota of junior doctors, where this change might lead to an increase in working hours?
    • A. 

      Give one week of notice

    • B. 

      Give two weeks of notice

    • C. 

      Give one month of notice

    • D. 

      An employer should not change a rota that might lead to an increase in hours without the agreement of all junior doctors on it

  • 8. 
    What is the most that a junior doctor's contract entitles them to do if they think their rota is requiring them to work longer or more antisocial hours than they are being paid for?
    • A. 

      Wait for their next round of monitoring, which should normally be every six months. If it shows their rota should be in a higher band, they should get paid the appropriate supplement following the monitoring

    • B. 

      Raise this concern and ask for an extra round of monitoring. If it shows their rota should be in a higher band, they should get paid the appropriate supplement following the monitoring

    • C. 

      Raise this concern and ask for an extra round of monitoring. If it shows their rota should be in a higher band, they should get paid the appropriate supplement backdated to the date they asked for an extra monitoring round

    • D. 

      Raise this concern and ask for an extra round of monitoring. If it shows their rota should be in a higher band, they should get paid the appropriate supplement backdated to the date they asked for an extra monitoring round. If they have left the post before this takes place, they should still get the supplement backdated for the period until they finished their post

  • 9. 
    If a rota changes while a junior doctor is in a post, and the new rota has a lower banding, do they have an entitlement to pay protection?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes, for a maximum of sixth months, but their protected salary does not increase with annual incremental progression

    • C. 

      Yes, for as long as they stay in the post, and their protected salary does increase with annual incremental progression

    • D. 

      Yes, for as long as they stay in the post, but their protected salary does not increase with annual incremental progression

  • 10. 
    If a junior doctor accepts a future post in their rotation, and the rota then changes to one with a lower banding before they start the post, do they have an entitlement to pay protection?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes, for a maximum of sixth months, but their protected salary does not increase with annual incremental progression

    • C. 

      Yes, for as long as they stay in the post, but their protected salary does not increase with annual incremental progression

    • D. 

      Yes, for as long as they stay in the post, and their protected salary does increase with annual incremental progression

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