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Types of contract: health (England and Wales)

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Updating author: Julie Steele.


  • The NHS terms and conditions of service handbook prescribes the pay and conditions of service applicable to part-time and fixed-term employees. (See Part-time contracts and Fixed-term contracts)
  • There is guidance available on the use of agency workers in the NHS. (See Agency workers)
  • The Crown Commercial Service (CSS) provides a framework for the hiring of agency nursing staff and temporary healthcare workers by NHS employers in England. (See Agency nurses and Temporary healthcare workers)
  • The 2003 consultant contract applies to all consultants first appointed after 31 October 2003, plus those who have chosen to transfer to it. (See Consultants contract)
  • The General Medical Services contract aims to give GPs and practice staff greater control over their workload.(See General Medical Services contract)
  • The current junior doctors' contract came into effect in December 2000 and the new contract is expected to be imposed between October 2016 and October 2017. (See Junior doctors contract)
  • Local commissioning arrangements for NHS dentists can be found in the General Dental Services contract. (See General dental services contract)