- If a consultant is required to participate in an on-call rota, he or she will be paid a supplement in addition to basic salary in respect of his or her availability to work during on-call periods. The supplement will be paid at the appropriate rate set out in Table 1 below.
- The level of supplement will depend on:
- the consultant’s rota frequency (the number of consultants on the relevant rota),
- and the category of the consultant’s on-call duties.
- Category A:
This applies where the consultant is typically required to return immediately to site when called or has to undertake interventions with a similar level of complexity to those that would normally be carried out on site, such as telemedicine or complex
This applies where the consultant can typically respond by giving telephone advice and/or by returning to work later.
4. The process:
- The appropriate NHS Partner Trust will determine the category of the consultant’s on-call duties by making a prospective assessment of the typical nature of the response that the consultant is likely to have to undertake when called during an on-call period.
- The trust will inform UCL in writing of the appropriate on-call category and give their funding committment and UCL finance will provide a funding code.
- Where there is a change to the consultant’s rota frequency or the categorisation of the consultant’s on-call duties, any change to the level of the supplement will be to be advised to UCL in writing. Where this results in a reduction in the level of supplement, there will not be any protection arrangements in relation to previous entitlements.
- Part-time consultants will receive the appropriate percentage of the equivalent full-time basic salary, provided their responsibilities when on-call are the same as those of full-time consultants on the same rota.
On- call availability supplement
Frequency of rota commitment
Value of supplement as a percentage