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Hospital doctors’ pay scales for 2014/2015

By Mike Broad - 15th November 2011 4:12 pm

In England, only those junior, SAS and consultant NHS doctors at the top of their pay scales will receive the proposed 1% unconsolidated pay award offered by the Treasury.

The government rejected the central recommendation of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body report for 2014/2015 advising ministers to offer doctors a 1% consolidated pay rise on top of automatic increments.

In a written ministerial statement, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the suggestion was ‘unaffordable’ and would risk the quality of patient care.

The non-consolidated payment will be paid in monthly instalments until 31 March 2015. It’s not pensionable.

This applies to consultants, trainees, specialty doctors, and associate specialists.

Doctors received a 1% consolidated rise in 2013/2014. However, consultants had suffered a three-year pay freeze previously.

The freeze in the value of clinical excellence awards continues. The doctors’ pay review body has recommended that CEAs be scrapped and a new system of non-pensionable, short-duration bonuses be introduced. The government is looking to reform CEAs as part of the ongoing consultant contract negotiations.

The government has also imposed reforms to the NHS Pension Scheme that sees doctors’ retirement age and pension contributions increase, while their benefits decline.

Consultant salaries 2014/2015

Threshold 1, years completed as a consultant 0, £75,249, period before eligibility for next threshold one year

Threshold 2, years completed as a consultant 1, £77,605, period before eligibility for next threshold one year

Threshold 3, years completed as a consultant 2, £79,961, period before eligibility for next threshold one year

Threshold 4, years completed as a consultant 3, £82,318, period before eligibility for next threshold one year

Threshold 5, years completed as a consultant 4, £84,667, period before eligibility for next threshold five years

Threshold 6, years completed as a consultant 9, £90,263, period before eligibility for next threshold five years

Threshold 7, years completed as a consultant 14, £95,860, period before eligibility for next threshold five years

Threshold 8, years completed as a consultant 19, £101,451

Clinical excellence awards for consultants

Level 1 £2,957

Level 2 £5,914

Level 3 £8,871

Level 4 £11,828

Level 5 £14,785

Level 6 £17,742

Level 7 £23,656

Level 8 £29,570

Bronze/Level 9 £35,484

Silver/Level 10 £46,644

Gold/Level 11 £58,305

Platinum/Level 12 £75,796

More on Clinical Excellence Awards

Trainee salaries 2013/2014

House Officer (Eng, NI)

Point minimum, £22,636

Point 1, £24,049

Point 2, £25,461

Senior House Officer (Eng, NI)

Point minimum, £28,076

Point 1, £29,912

Point 2, £31,748

Point 3, £33,584

Point 4, £35,420

Point 5, £37,256

Point 6, £39,092

Specialist Registrar

Point minimum, £31,301

Point 1, £32,852

Point 2, £34,402

Point 3, £35,952

Point 4, £37,822

Point 5, £39,693

Point 6, £41,564

Point 7, £43,434

Point 8, £45,304

Point 9, £47,175

Specialty doctor salaries 2013/2014

Scale minimum, £37,176, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 1, £40,354, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 2, £44,487, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 3, £46,701, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 4, £49,892, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 5, £53,071, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 6, £56,321, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 7, £59,572, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 8, £62,823, period before eligibility for next pay point three years

Scale value 9, £66,074, period before eligibility for next pay point three years

Scale value 10, £69,325

Associate specialist salaries 2013/2014

Scale minimum, £52,122, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 1, £56,312, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 2, £60,500, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 3, £66,032, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 4, £70,827, period before eligibility for next pay point one year

Scale value 5, £72,816, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 6, £75,412, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 7, £78,008, period before eligibility for next pay point two years

Scale value 8, £80,603, period before eligibility for next pay point three years

Scale value 9, £83,199, period before eligibility for next pay point three years

Scale value 10, £85,797

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162 responses to “Hospital doctors’ pay scales for 2014/2015”

  1. Jamie says:

    So 3 years undergrad + 1-2 years experience + phd for clinical psychologist. So 8 years
    Vs
    5-6 years med school, 2 years foundation, 2 years core, 5 years speciality and potentially 2-3 years doing MD/PhD if competitive. 14- 18 years for hospital consultant.

    Also, it gets me when people say they have the same responsibility. You don’t. I’m sorry, but offering a diagnosis does not make you the responsible clinician in charge of the patients care. The trouble is when things go tits up, its the psychiatrist that has ultimate responsibility for the patient and they will be the ones dragged through the coroners court, not you.
    That’s why consultants get so pissed that everything has to be MDT lead, as when it goes wrong its the physician in the coroners court. Not the MDT members.

  2. Fuzzydoc says:

    In response to Jamies query - its actually the GP who is ultimately responsible. Remember that you borrow our patients and then give them back to us, especially when your limits are reached (which is more common than you think!).

  3. Bilbo says:

    @Jamie: actually, pal, you’re talking about two different things. You’re confusing the career-development of a physician, during which you are paid, with ‘training’. A physician’s unpaid training ends after 6 years. For a clinical psychologist — a proper ‘doctor’ who is actually qualified as a clinician and a scientist, not just a clinician — it’s also 6 years (if you’re lucky), and sometimes several years of often unpaid clinical experience in order to have the ‘privilege’ of being able to train as a clinical psychologist. And you’re also confusing competence with the institutional power of physicians’ claiming responsibility for and ‘ownership’ of patients. As a patient, I really hope I never have you providing a ’service’ to me because of your overvalued belief about your specialness.

  4. Clinical Commissioner says:

    Dear Bilbo,

    I can undrstand your frustration.
    Drs till they become registrars are not paid salaries by the NHS. The Treasury allocates funds via the Medical and Dental Education Levy to ensure that training post are supported. many medics take time out to do either a PhD (if they want to work in a teaching hospital), a PhD in medical Education or MD (not so common now but was common in the 80s) or a MBA (if they want to do medical management)Clearly if you feel that psychology requires MADEL funding and if the general public, commissioners and the DoH agree with your professional council you will be able to apply for funding.

  5. doctorwho says:

    Why do GP partners get paid more than hospital doctors? The average GP partner takes around £104,000. It takes nearly half the time to become a gp and becoming a partner these days isn’t difficult. In comparison breaking the 6 figure mark as a consultant would take 19 years! And then the training before becoming a consultant takes much longer.
    In emergency medicine work hours are terrible, work is very intensive and there are less available private opportunities. There is a recruitment crisis and problems in A and E departments. I could see financial incentives being a possible solution to its recruitment crisis.

  6. Doc says:

    @Bilbo:
    It fascinate me when I see someone describing doctors’ work as ’service’, and more when this comes in conjunction with doctors’ pay. When the ’service’ results in improving or saving your life, don’t you think the pay the ’service providers’ receives is not a fraction of the value of the ’service’ they receive?

  7. Jamie says:

    Fuzzy - In my experience if a problem is outside of the remit of the specialist then yes patient would be handed back but either with a referral to an alternative specialist or advise where the GP should refer.

    Bilbo - Firstly “pal”, Doctors post graduate from foundation training, to core training, to specialist training is very much training in the very real sense. Not professional development as you state. Professional exams must be sat to progress, yearly assessments of progress, assessments by colleagues. I don’t understand how you would not consider this to not be formal training as it fulfil in my mind all the prerequisites.

    With regards to competence vs power of doctors, I really don’t feel that is the case at all….my point is that the MDM as all the power but the consultant holds all the responsibility for when it goes wrong.

  8. Fiona says:

    GP’s are independent practitioners who are not ‘employed’ by the NHS like hospital medics are. They have to set their own wages, based on how well they manage their ‘business’. They ‘contract’ their services to the NHS . The hospital consultant does not have to organise staff, employ and pay the wages of clinical and non-clinical staff, upkeep the hospital building, buy their own provisions (paper, computers, carpets, chairs, heating bills). That’s why the pay is different. It is like comparing a chef to a restaurant owner. Different job.

  9. Dr Rufus says:

    No Fiona, It’s why you have practice managers. Being a GP is more like a diner at a posh restaurant ordering delicacies produced by the head chef and armies of staff working with her/him. This is why I believe that the dinosaurish situation of GPs owing their own practices should be replaced by one where all GPs are salaried and their practices/staff managed by a special trust.

  10. Hospital doc says:

    Sorry to post this on here but I am not having much luck with my new employer or the BMA. I’m hoping someone can answer this question.

    I qualified in 2004, did a 1 year pre registration house officer job then a 2 year basic surgical training rotation. I then commenced st training at ST2. I was placed on pay point 2. I have just completed ST8 and finished on pay point 7 in Scotland. I recently started a fellowship in England and my new employers are adamant that I should be on pay point 7 rather than 8. Which I would have been placed on if I had stayed in my previous job.

    Can someone advise me what scale I should be on?

  11. J says:

    Dr Rufus,

    Fantastic idea. After all, hospital trusts work so brilliantly… :-) clearly you have no insight into what it’s like being part of one…

    J

  12. Sri says:

    I completed 4 Reg LATs and on point 7 Str scale(£43,434)

    I am moving on to specialty doctor post. What point on the specialty doctor pay should I be? My medical staffing is trying to put me on point 2 on specialty doctor pay?

    Please someone advice. Thanks a lot for your help?

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