A best practice guide for consultant job planning

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Advice for trusts to ensure that their approach to consultant job planning is consistent with best practice.

Consultant job planning: a best practice guide PDF, 201.5 KB

Refer to this guidance to ensure that your local processes adhere to our advice and are consistent with best practice.

Job planning is a professional and contractual obligation for consultants and employers. Regular reviews of the efficient and effective use of consultants’ time are critical during a period of rapid change in both medical technology and healthcare delivery systems. 

Trust boards can refer to this guidance to ensure that local processes adhere to our advice. Two of the main things we encourage you to consider are:

  • ensuring you set up annual job planning meetings for all consultants 
  • the crucial role of adequate electronic data systems in recording consultant job plans

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