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We will be awarding £575,000 worth of grants to support medical research across a range of areas. Applications for 2017 are now open.

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  • Some progress, but fatigued trainees need more

    Some progress, but fatigued trainees need more

    The reality of our working lives is wearily familiar: understaffed rotas, increasing service pressure, leading to fatigue and the inevitable impact on the quality of both patient safety and junior doctors’ training.

  • One last try, but who was it for?

    One last try, but who was it for?

    ‘Make the care of the patient your first concern’, this is the first rule and as rules go it seems pretty black and white.

  • What moves you in medicine?

    What moves you in medicine?

    Why go for a job in Reading rather than Rhyl? Or pass over a radiology post for one in anaesthetics? Can you remember, way back when, what got you into medical school?

Employment advice and support

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    Quality first

    Letter templates, guidance, case studies and other practical resources to help you manage your daily work.

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    Junior doctor contract 2016

    Since October 2016, junior doctors in England have started to transition on to the new 2016 terms and conditions. To ensure you are fully supported, we have produced detailed guidance on the new contract.

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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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    Code of Practice in England

    The BMA has agreed a new Code of Practice for England to strengthen the rules and framework around the provision of critical information to trainees before starting work.

  • Physiotherapy guidance and cost calculator

    This new guidance aims to provide GP practices, practice groups and commissioners with information and advice on employing a physiotherapist and the potential of their role within general practice.

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    Dealing with unfair comments on websites

    This guidance sets out how health service providers can take steps to have defamatory material removed from websites, including NHS Choices.

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    Whistleblowing protection

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

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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.

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    Introduction to revalidation

    The basics of revalidation, including what it is, time and cost involved for doctors and the seven principles of revalidation.

Career advice and support

  • 2016 foundation for medical research awards ceremony

    Each year we host an awards ceremony for the annual grant winners. See pictures and read stories from the event.

  • 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.

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    How to become a doctor

    A comprehensive guide on how to become a doctor - from life as a doctor to the ins and outs of applying to medical school.

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    Widening participation into medicine

    Widening participation is an initiative that seeks to give opportunities to anyone who has the ability and desire, whatever their background, to enter into a medical career. Find out more about our work.

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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.

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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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    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.

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    Insiders guide to medical specialties

    Get an inside look at the medical specialties and career choices available to you.

  • 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.

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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    Guide for doctors new to the UK

    An introduction to working in the UK for IMG doctors from help with finding a post, access to training and help with your contract. Find out more.

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    Homophobic discrimination

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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Dealing with discrimination

    Find out what discrimination is and how to tackle it with our advice for employees and employers.

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    Check yourself out

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

  • Your wellbeing

    DocHealth

    Find out about a new, confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors.

  • BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Find out about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

Collective voice

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    Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

    We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey of about 3,000 doctors from across the profession.

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    Urgent prescription for general practice

    We recently surveyed all GPs about how general practice needs to develop to support your workload and future aspirations. See the results and watch a video message from your GPC chair.

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    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.

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    European brief - November 2016

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, TTIP and health priorities of the Maltese presidency.

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    Latest news from GPC UK

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

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    BMA briefing: Reducing health inequality

    The BMA is calling for government to address health inequalities, arising as a result of the social and economic inequalities that shape the environment.

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    BMA briefing: NHS funding

    We believe that unprecedented demand currently facing the NHS must be matched with increasing investment.

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    BMA briefing: NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

    During the development phase of STPs the BMA's priority areas are funding, accountability and consultation.

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    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)

    Get the latest on STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) and find out how they affect you at a local level. Read our FAQs on how to get more involved, watch the video and check the deficit funding map.

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    12,000

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    83,500

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