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Lead Employer - East Region

NHS East is one of the geographical regional employers of Doctors in Training. Along with NHS West and North, it will share the contractual arrangements of Doctors in Training on local, regional and national programmes.


What is happening?

From August 2018, there will be 4 regional employers for Doctors in Training in Scotland: West, East, North and NES. NES will be the single employer for all GPSTs in Scotland. The other 3 NHS organisations will geographically share the contractual arrangements for doctors on local, regional and national training programmes.

Why is this happening?

The main focus of the consultation phase was on reducing the potential variability in employment practice and improving the employee experience for Drs in training when moving between Health board partners. The secondary focus was on the potential for improvement in HR and Payroll processes necessary to support the Jnr Doctor workforce.

What does this mean for you?

This is a very positive change to employment process and should ensure benefits for individuals including salary accuracy and timeliness, consistency in employment policy application across a period of training and a reduction of administrative paperwork. In practice, an individual trainee may perceive little if any change from current and that is the intention – a seamless transition to a more efficient and effective system of employment.

Who is employed by NHS East

NHS Lothian will be the Lead Employer for NHS East for Doctors in Training. It will be the employer for all local and regional Trainees and will also be the Lead Employer for a number of national training programmes:

  • Diagnostic Neuropathology

  • Plastic Surgery

  • Forensic Histopathology

  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

  • Community and Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Cardio-thoracic Surgery (all)

  • Genito-urinary Medicine

  • Vascular Surgery

  • Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Forensic Psychiatry

  • Clinical Genetics

  • Core Surgical Training (East/ North regional programmes)


Who can I contact?

Should you have questions, in the first instance, please contact Medical Personnel of your Placement Board.

Use the links below to mail the relevant Health Board Personnel department.