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Latest news

  • Overcrowding hospital 16x9

    Plea for GPs' help with pressure

    17 January 2018

    Hospitals in Northern Ireland have cancelled operations and GPs have been struggling to cope with pressures over the winter.

  • Cold snap triggers funding fury

    17 January 2018

    Doctors leaders in Wales have again called for a review of the way Wales receives funding from Westminster in the face of mounting winter pressures on the NHS.

  • Peter Bennie portrait serious

    Workforce stuck in 'vicious circle'

    17 January 2018

    The leader of Scotland’s doctors has warned that the system is being stretched beyond its means by a ‘vicious circle’ of funding challenges, demographic change and multiple targets.

Latest blogs

  • Our patients deserve better

    Our patients deserve better

    In my New Year’s message, I made it clear that the government has a duty to turn around the NHS in 2018. The urgency for this could not have been more apparent in the first week of the New Year

  • Read my lips – learning the language of the ICU

    Read my lips – learning the language of the ICU

    At school, aside from English, I learned two European languages. If I could go back now and pick those other languages again I would do it differently. I would pick something that I would really find useful now, like Punjabi or Urdu. And, I would ask to be taught to lipread.

  • The price our children pay

    The price our children pay

    Just how hard is it being a medical offspring? Medical parents adopt different approaches to the juggling of work and parenthood.

Employment advice and support

  • Medical Students Conference 2017 Workshop

    Supporting you at work

    Trust our in-depth knowledge to help you with your employment related issues. Visit our Employment advice and support section.

  • Doctors working in conflicts and emergencies toolkit

    This toolkit aims to prepare humanitarian health professionals for the problems they might face while working in conflicts and emergencies.

  • Signing legal contract

    GP partner contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance on General Medical Services (GMS) and Personal Medical Services (PMS) contracts and Enhanced services.

  • Driving at night

    Safety and fatigue

    There are serious safety risks for both doctors and patients associated with fatigue. Read the contract requirements to help prevent the risk of fatigue for junior doctors.

  • GP reception desk

    Changes to your GP partnership

    Legal guidance on the GP partnership agreement, including formalising your working relationship and when to update your agreement.

  • GPs talking at desk 2014 16x9

    Employer advisory service

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

  • UK Visa

    BMA Immigration Advice Service

    The BMA has teamed up with an external third party specialist law firm, to provide our members with free basic immigration advice in connection with their employment or study in the UK. Contact our advisers on 0300 123 1233.

  • healthcare

    Locality hub model

    Locality hubs offer a GP-led model that could be commissioned to help manage demand and support GPs to practice safely. Read ideas for safe working in general practice.

  • healthcare

    Support with CHP and NHS PS issues

    Guidance for practices in NHS Property Service or Community Health Partnership buildings that are experiencing significant increases in service charges.

  • FY2 George Allan in the emergency department of the North Manchester General Hospital. Full consent
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    Check your rota

    Read our guide to checking your rota, learn the rules and use our online tool to check your rota now.

  • Alcohol

    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.

  • GP receptionist with patient

    Employer handbook

    Your new employer handbook for 2016-17. Start using the handbook tool, which takes you through the topics you need to know if you're a GP that employs staff.

Career advice and support

  • Junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, 16x9,  A small step in the right direction, Read about the new common room for junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital

    Supporting your career

    Whatever your career stage, we can help you along with the BMJ and the BMA Library. Visit our Career advice and support section.

  • Male hospital doctors in meeting SMH2016

    Negotiating and influencing

    This 1 hour free webinar is designed to help you to think about how you negotiate in clinical situations and highlight new approaches that you can use and embed into your work setting.

  • Queens Uni Belfast medical students 04-11-16

    Sci59 medical specialty psychometric test

    Looking for a quiz to help you choose a medical specialty? Use the Sci59 psychometric test, free to BMA members, to find the right medical career for you.

  • Wales awards ceremony for the clinical teacher awards 2016 winners

    Clinical teacher of the year awards

    Nominations are open for 2017. BMA Cymru Wales, with BMJ Learning, established the Clinical Teacher of the Year award to celebrate the excellent teaching standards in Wales.

  • GPs talking at desk 2014 16x9

    Learning and development

    From CPD approved workshops to careers coaching - we're here to help you keep learning.

  • Applying to the foundation programme

    To continue your training after medical school you must apply for the foundation programme. The application period is only open for two weeks a year - use our guide to get key dates and information plus tips for your application.

  • Male junior doctor on phone at computer-hospital 16x9

    Flexible training (LTFT)

    Flexible working and less than full time training (LTFT) is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

  • Young female junior scrubs hospital5 (1) 16x9

    Applying for training

    Take the step from medical school into training with confidence - know your career options and get all the support you need for your training years.

  • Junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, 16x9,  A small step in the right direction, Read about the new common room for junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital

    Changeover and new doctors - top tips

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

  • Researcher in lab

    Academic Clinical Fellowships

    Interested in pursuing your academic studies? Find out more about your options for combining training with academic study in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Queens Uni Belfast medical students 04-11-16

    Sci59 medical specialty psychometric test

    Looking for a quiz to help you choose a medical specialty? Use the Sci59 psychometric test, free to BMA members, to find the right medical career for you.

  • Junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, 16x9,  A small step in the right direction, Read about the new common room for junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital

    Changeover and new doctors - top tips

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

Work-life support

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Supporting your work-life balance

    Get help with balancing the stresses of work and demands on your life. Visit our Work-life support section.

  • Medical student finance

    Browse top tips and use our handy guides to find your way through the world of student finance. We'll point you in the direction of help and support that is available, wherever you are in the UK.

  • Life and work in the UK

    A new start in a new country can be a challenge. Whether you are working as a trainee or a doctor, we have guidance to support the transition to living and working in the UK.

  • EU referendum
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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.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Problems can take hold of us at anytime. Our confidential BMA Counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Talk to someone in confidence.

  • Stress, bullying image 16x9

    Check yourself out

    Do you feel burned out, worried you may be drinking too much? Take our online surveys to check yourself out.

  • Washing hands

    Bullying and harassment

    It can be hard to know how to deal with bullying as an employee or what steps you can take as employer to stamp it out. Read our guidance on addressing bullying and harassment at work.

  • Junior doctors contract roadshow, St Mary's London, 16 June 2016

    Emotional toll

    Doctors are human too - a simple fact that can be overlooked when they are subject to impossibly high standards and intense demands. Read more about the huge emotional toll of being a doctor.

  • Hospital docs at nursing station 3 16x9

    Promoting a positive working environment

    How you feel about your workplace matters. Learn more about behaviours which contribute to a collaborative and supportive working environment.

  • Year in the life - timelapse ambulances

    Vicarious trauma - signs and strategies for coping

    How to cope with the aftermath of traumatic incidents and spot the signs of trauma in those who have been involved in caring for others.

  • healthcare

    Homophobic discrimination

    Read accounts from doctors who have experienced discrimination at their place of work or study.

  • Mother on maternity with her baby boy sleeping in her arms.

    Life as a working parent

    Read our guidance and blogs on life as a working parent, including interdeanery transfers for junior doctors, using parental leave and breastfeeding.

Collective voice

  • Scottish junior doctors committee meeting 2016, SJDC

    Our collective voice

    We represent doctors individually and collectively. We lobby governments for improvements to healthcare. Visit Our collective voice section.

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
Hospital doctor taking blood pressure SMH2016

    Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

    Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) are population based models of care evolving from the NHS England Five Year Forward View plans. Find out more.

  • Mark Sandford-Wood, General practitioners committee 2017, GPC

    Latest news from GPC UK

    The latest news, guidance and current issues for general practice from the general practitioners committee.

  • stressed looking female

    Fatigue and sleep deprivation

    There are serious safety risks for both doctors and patients associated with fatigue. Read about our policy position and watch our videos with practical advice on managing fatigue.

  • Organ donation box

    Organ donation

    Find out more about the BMA's 18 year campaign for a 'soft' opt-out system for organ donation in the UK.

  • EU referendum
European Community

    European brief - December 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, healthcare priorities for the Bulgarian Presidency and organ transplants and Brexit.

  • FY2 Adele Flowerdue and George Allan at work in the emergency department of North Manchester General hospital. manc160915. full consent.

    Junior doctor contract 2016 myth-buster

    The recent contract negotiations have been a challenging time for junior doctors, especially where fact and opinion have often been misrepresented. Read our mythbuster to find out the truth about the contract.

  • a busy hospital

    Working time regulations

    With twelve other health organisations, the BMA has urged Prime Minister Theresa May not to remove Working Time Regulations from UK law.

  • Budget 2017

    The 2017 autumn Budget was a missed opportunity to provide vital support for the NHS. Read the BMA's response.

  • Staff nurse with patient in hospital bed 20681

    State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

    Pressures on NHS hospital beds are well documented. Data on how beds are used within the NHS can provide insight into the healthcare system. This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place.

  • E-cigarettes

    The BMA Board of science have published a position paper on the regulation of e-cigarettes – aiming to balance the risks and opportunities associated with the use of these devices.

  • Brexit manifesto cover 16x9

    Brexit manifesto

    Healthcare first - a Brexit blueprint for Europe, outlines our key asks in five key area. Read more.

BMA member support last week

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    817

  • BMA library e-books viewed:

    1,898

  • Member contracts checked:

    50

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