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  • BMA to appeal break monitoring decision

    19 April 2018

    The BMA is to appeal a high court decision that Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has not breached the contracts of junior doctors through the incorrect application of monitoring and banding rules.

  • Consultants and SAS doctors set for pay rises

    19 April 2018

    Doctors in Guernsey and Jersey are set to benefit from deals securing significant pay rises, following BMA support.

  • Solitary confinement ban urged for children

    18 April 2018

    Solitary confinement should be banned for children who are locked up in the UK, doctors have urged in a statement and guidance to improve care for those segregated by prison officers.

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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.

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    Whistleblowing

    The BMA has agreed legally binding protections for whisteblowing with Health Education (HEE) for junior doctors who raise concerns in the workplace. Read the guidance on whistleblowing and watch the video.

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    Fatigue and facilities charter

    Simple steps that can be taken to improve facilities and reduce fatigue, so you can safely and effectively care for your patients. 

  • EWTD: Consultants FAQ

    Answers to your FAQs, including: How does the EWTD protect me? What counts as 'working time' and what is 'rest'? What happens if a job breaches the EWTD?

  • Public holidays in Scotland

    All medical staff in Scotland are entitled to 10 public holidays per annum. See a list of public holidays for the coming year by hospital trust.

  • Public holidays

    For England, Scotland and Wales. How many public holidays are you entitled to? How does it work in practice? What if you're part time? Find out the facts.

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

    The GDPR will apply from 25 May this year. Take steps to ensure that your practice is compliant.

  • 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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    Consultants leave

    For England. Information for consultants on leave entitlements, possible methods of calculating leave and details about working on public holidays.

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    Consultant contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for consultant doctors.

  • Junior doctors conference 14 May 2016

    Junior doctor contract 2016

    Here you can access the key guidance to help you understand the new 2016 junior doctor contract regulations.

  • 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.

Career advice and support

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    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.

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    Education and training tariff

    There are new changes to the study budget system in England. Read our guidance on what the changes mean and how they are likely to affect you.

  • Studying medicine

    From applying to medical school to support through your university years, get everything you need to know about studying medicine.

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    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.

  • 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.

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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.

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    Learning and development

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

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    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.

  • Assertiveness in the workplace

    Assertiveness

    This one- 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.

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    Working abroad

    Whether you're staying close by or thinking about further afield, this guidance will help you get started on the steps you need to take to work abroad.

  • 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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    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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    Supporting your work-life balance

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

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    Your wellbeing

    Problems can take hold of us at anytime, and can often feel difficult to manage on our own. We have a range of services to support and advise you through difficult times and coping with stress.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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.

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    Your finances and protection

    Let us support you in your professional and personal life with our range of services dedicated to helping make your life easier.

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    Working parents

    Whether you're thinking of having a baby, already expecting or going back to work as a parent, read our advice on contracts, leave options and pay.

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    Personal and commercial insurance

    Lloyd & Whyte offer both personal and commercial insurance packages to support you throughout your personal and working life as a doctor.

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    Expert tax advice

    As a busy doctor, keeping ahead of the latest tax developments and dealing with tax matters can be time-consuming and challenging. Our tax experts Ernst and Young can help.

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    How the NHS works

    Find out how the NHS works in the UK with information about the NHS in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Junior doctors conference 2016 14 May

    Careers help for overseas doctors

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

  • Diverse doctors

    Refugee doctors

    The BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative is a special package of free benefits available to refugee and asylum seeking doctors seeking to establish their careers in the UK. Find out more.

  • 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.

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    Reasonable adjustments

    Reasonable adjustments are adaptations to assist students and doctors with disabilities. Find out more.

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.

  • Richard Vautrey, GPC chair 2017

    Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • The medical role in solitary confinement

    Read our new ethical guidance for doctors on the use of solitary confinement within the youth justice system.

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    Primary Care Support England (PCSE) service failures

    GPC are aware of the ongoing issues with the service delivery from Primary Care Support England (PCSE). Read the latest development.

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    The Bawa-Garba case and its wider implications

    Since the High Court ruling into the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, we know our members have concerns. Find the guidance and resources you need to feel supported.

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    BMA response to Sir Norman Williams Review

    Read our response to the rapid policy review into the issues pertaining to Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM), commissioned by Health and Social Care secretary Jeremy Hunt in the aftermath of the Dr Bawa-Garba ruling.

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    BMA Poster competition 2018

    Enter this year's BMA poster competition. You are invited to submit abstracts highlighting collaboration with doctors and patients in the UK and internationally.

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    Pressure points in the NHS

    With annual increases in demand for care, the NHS in England is under a growing amount of pressure and is struggling to meet targets. The BMA is undertaking regular analysis to provide an overview of how the health service is coping.

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    Promoting dignity at work

    Bullying and harassment are rife within the NHS according to latest research findings. Read more about the issues and our efforts to promote dignity at work.

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    Brexit manifesto

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

  • SAS doctor survey 2017

    The SAS doctor survey was undertaken to give us evidence on the most important issues that face SAS doctors. Read the key findings of the 2017 survey.

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    Primary and secondary care interface

    The BMA is working with NHS England and other organisations to help improve the interface between primary and secondary care.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    5497

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    238

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4247

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