The actual payment amount varied between NHS organisation.
Eligible senior doctors working across the NHS in England have received a one-off consolidated payment.
The payment was issued as Local Clinical Excellence Awards (LCEA) could not go ahead due to the pandemic.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), LCEAs are yearly financial incentives for Consultants who contribute to the delivery of safe and high-quality care and the improvement of NHS services.
Guidance on the award says that that the funding should be “issued with sensitivity around other staff groups” and “It should come with the clear message that it is from the national consultant pay packet, and is a one-off, non-consolidated payment in place of normal LCEA rounds”.
While the actual payment amount varied between NHS organisations, it is believed the amount was not insignificant.
The basic salary of an NHS consultant currently sits at £82,096 gradually progressing to £110,683.
In line with their employment terms and conditions, the payment was also made to those not at work due to sickness, self-isolating due to being in an at-risk group, and those on maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave.
A joint statement from NHS Employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) reads; “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Clinical Excellence Awards (LCEA) will not be run this year, and the award money will instead be distributed equally among eligible consultants.”
The payment was agreed with NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The awards system is set to resume this year.