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The Doctor: a new chapter for BMA News

The last issue of BMA News was delivered on 1 September – it relaunches this weekend as The Doctor.

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  • Employment advice

    Experience the benefits a BMA membership offers with specialist advice on issues such as contracts, pay and discrimination.

  • Career development

    Get the support you need to progress in your career from an organisation that understands your unique needs and the daily challenges you face.

  • Work-life support

    Gain access to resources, advice and support to help you get peace of mind and rest assured that help is at hand whenever you need it.

Latest news and features

  • bullying

    Ending the silence

    17 September 2018

    Whether in the form of sly comments or physical abuse, bullying affects thousands of NHS doctors. They should not have to suffer in silence, as Keith Cooper reports

  • the price of parting

    Brexit: the price of parting

    15 September 2018

    Six months to Brexit, and the Government’s ‘dangerously casual’ attitude to finding agreements in vital areas which affect patient care is causing alarm in Brussels as well as here – as Peter Blackburn finds out

  • 7/7 commemoration, tavistock square, 2018

    7/7 terror-attack victims commemorated

    13 September 2018

    A memorial commemorating the victims of the 7/7 terror attack at Tavistock Square has been unveiled, with BMA staff among those paying tribute at a special service.

Latest blogs

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.

  • junior doctors tax guidance

    Junior doctor tax guidance

    Download our tailored tax guidance for junior doctors. Learn tax basics, and find out if you can claim tax relief on your training costs.

  • GP surgery, Derry, Northern Ireland
18 October 2016

    GP Retention Scheme: step-by-step guide

    The retained doctor scheme is a new package of support resources aimed at GPs who may be considering leaving the profession, to remain in clinical practice by providing between 1 - 4 sessions per week.

  • 20180435 NIJDC Rights campaign infographics

    Junior doctors - Take control

    BMA Northern Ireland is encouraging junior doctors to understand their workplace rights and entitlements. Read our handy six-point guide to knowing your rights.

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

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

  • Trolley of notes on the major trauma ward at St Mary's Paddington

    Anti-radicalisation strategy

    Concerned about your duties in relation to confidentiality under the Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy? Read our guidance.

  • First contact physiotherapists in General Practice

    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.

  • Woman GP trainee in surgery-2014 16x9

    Locum GP handbook

    The BMA Locum GP handbook is a guide for Locum GPs and for practices engaging the services of a locum GP. Essential reading and exclusive to BMA members, this handbook covers all aspects of work and business practice.

  • GP with male patient

    Salaried GP handbook

    The salaried GP handbook is a valuable resource for salaried GPs and GP employers, covering everything from legal entitlements to maternity leave, redundancy and employment protection.

  • 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.

  • GP waiting room 2014 2 16x9

    Guide to GP premises NHSPS leases

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

  • doctor with children

    Female genital mutilation

    Female genital mutilation is considered a form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. Our guidance looks at doctors' role in preventing and eradicating the practice.

Career advice and support

  • Queens university library

    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.

  • Queens university hospital medical students practical exam

    Application to specialty training webinar

    We explain where to start and how to get hold of useful guidance to help you get a head start.

  • GPs talking at desk 2014 16x9

    Learning and development

    From face-to-face masterclasses, to webinars and e-learning modules - we provide a variety of options to help with your professional development.

  • Local and national negotiations

    Communication skills

    Good communication skills are an essential component of the doctor-patient relationship. Find out about courses, events and resources available to help you in this area.

  • School children trying on stethoscopes

    Widening participation into medicine

    Read about this initiative that seeks to give opportunities to anyone who has the ability and desire, whatever their background, to enter into a medical career.

  • 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.

  • FY2 Adele Flowerdew in the emergency department of North Manchester General Hospital. Full consent. manc190915

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Medical CVs

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

  • Toronto, Canada

    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.

  • armed_forces 16x9

    Joining the armed forces reserves

    We answer common questions about joining the armed forces reserves as part of your medical career.

Work-life support

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
Hospital doctors walking down corridor SMH2016

    Supporting your work-life balance

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

  • Shot of passenger aircraft/airliner in sky

    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.

  • 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, including advice for overseas doctors who are thinking about working in the UK.

  • 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.

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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.

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

    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.

  • Small business accountancy

    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.

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

    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.

  • Doctor writing notes 16x9

    Reasonable adjustments

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

  • Doctor wearing NHS lanyard - neck - manc160915 16x9

    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.

  • 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.

Collective voice

  • Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS

    'Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS' is a project which aims to be an honest conversation with our profession about the sort of NHS doctors want to work in. Find out more.

  • healthcare

    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.

  • Portrait of GP and BMA equality and inclusion committee chair Krishna Kasaraneni

    Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • 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.

  • GPs talking in practice

    General practice specialty recognition

    BMA and RCGP jointly call for Medical Act to be updated to reflect GPs as specialists and grant them parity of esteem with senior doctors in other branches of practice.

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
Hospital waiting area

    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.

  • Male GP in surgery on phone 2014 16x9

    General Practitioners Committee (GPC)

    Details of the GPC including its members, priorities and contract negotiation updates.

  • Woman GP with patient 16x9

    Referral management in England

    An up to date account of referral management schemes in England and existing evidence regarding their effectiveness, as well as the BMA position on referral management and recommendations for change.

  • Swinton GPs, GP waiting room with patients, Alix Graham, Full consent

    BMA position on NHS funding

    On 18 June the government announced plans for a long-term plan for the NHS including an increase in funding. We discuss whether this funding is enough and how it should be spent.

  • Houses of Parliament Westminster

    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.

  • Women in Academic Medicine Conference

    Women's health

    The following papers explore in detail some of the major unmet needs in women's health, with recommendations for both policy-makers and healthcare practitioners.

  • smart devices

    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.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    6306

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    911

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    5051

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