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    We stand with all our colleagues

    Whatever your view on the outcome of the EU referendum, there is no doubt of the profoundly destabilising force it has exerted upon the country.

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    Life on the wards: open or closed?

    ‘Am I getting home today?’ the patient asks, as she does every morning, looking progressively more miserable each time I say ‘no, sorry, not yet’.

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    'What a lovely baby. When are you going back to work?'

    I loved maternity leave. Leaving behind the responsibilities and multitasking of my transplant registrar post and being able to go days without making any important decisions was fantastic.

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    Quality first

    A new resource that provides practical support and guidance to help manage workload. Find out how practices are adapting to increased pressures.

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    Zika virus infection guidance

    Updated key advice summarised for primary care doctors treating patients travelling to or returning from countries affected by the Zika virus outbreak.

  • How to employ shared staff

    Read detailed guidance on secondments, joint employment, VAT considerations and alternative arrangements.

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    Employer advisory service

    A free, comprehensive, impartial service advice on a range of employment-related issues excusively for BMA members. Find out more.

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    Premises leases resource

    A template lease has now been negotiated between NHS Property Services and the BMA. Use our resource to guide you through the complex regulations.

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    SAS charters

    These charters set out what SAS doctors can expect from their employers and what employers can expect of them. Download the charter for your nation today.

  • Junior doctors' leave

    Information for junior doctors on leave entitlements, working on public holidays, fixed annual leave, sick leave and answers to your frequently asked questions.

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    Introduction to the medical students ethics tool kit

    An ethics toolkit for medical students embarking on their medical careers giving practical ways of thinking about ethical problems encountered at work.

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    Alcohol, drugs and the workplace

    This guide aims to help you to understand and support patients and employers to address the use of alcohol and illicit drug in the workplace.

Career advice and support

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    Flexible training

    Flexible working is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

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    SAS development fund

    Available in England and Scotland, the fund enables SAS doctors to develop their skills. Find out how to apply and the benefits to your career.

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    Your first year

    We've pulled together some practical tips and real life advice to get you through your first year of medical school.

  • Top tips for new doctors

    We know how challenging it is starting a new post, whatever stage of your training you're at. Get advice, support and information to help you through your first years of training.

  • Returning to clinical practice after absence

    A comprehensive, feasible, and transparent approach to returning to clinical practice after absence.

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    What to expect as an F1 doctor

    Making the step from medical school to being an F1 doctor is both daunting and exciting - get everything you need to know for your first year on the foundation programme.

  • Medical CVs

    We're here to help you get your CV in top shape, no matter what stage you are in your career.

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    CESR guidance

    All the information you need to successfully complete your CESR application as a SAS doctor.

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    Common challenges while studying

    Being a medical student is challenging at the best of times, especially for those who may face additional hurdles.

Work-life support

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    Careers help for overseas doctors

    Check out our range of learning opportunities to grow your career and build your confidence in the workplace.

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    What Brexit means for you

    In the wake of the EU referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to our European partners. Find out what we are doing to support our colleagues in the rest of Europe.

  • Finance

    Finance guides for UK medical students

    Financial entitlements and available funding differs according to where you live whilst you are studying medicine in the UK.

Collective voice

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    Diet and obesity

    We campaign for measures to reduce the levels of obesity, including action targeted at improving children's diets, and increasing active travel and physical activity levels. Get more on what we are doing.

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    Food for thought

    The 'Food for thought' report sets out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people - read our recommendations.

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    Tobacco

    See more on the key areas of work we have been involved in surrounding tobacco and public health plus our policies on each issue.

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