A contract is a legally binding document. You should always read any contract fully and make sure you understand it before you sign it. This checklist may help you evaluate the contents of a contract before committing yourself. You can read more about contracts (including when they can be changed) here.
If you have been offered overseas work, read more about contracts and working overseas here.
If you are employed by the NHS it is likely that you will be offered a contract that incorporates the national NHS terms and condition of service, or a document that mirrors those terms if you are not directly employed in the NHS. You can check the full terms and conditions at www.nhsemployers.org/tchandbook and read our advice about Agenda for Change here.
During your employment your employer is vicariously liable (is responsible) for your actions and omissions and should have appropriate indemnity insurance in place to cover you. You can read more about this here. If there are any concerns about you cover, raise these before you sign and call us on 0345 7726100 if there are any problems.
A secondment is the name given to temporary work that is assigned to an employee in a different area from which they are already working in. You can use the below tips to help you check a seconment offer. Read more about secondment contracts here.