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

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  • Add your voice to help us highlight NHS pressures

    Add your voice to help us highlight NHS pressures

    There is little doubt that this winter has exposed the tremendous, unsustainable pressures bearing down on our NHS.

  • Invisibility, a disease of old age

    Invisibility, a disease of old age

    I’m sitting in the waiting room of an outpatient’s department. I am an outpatient. I sit on a chair, with my coat still on, because it is chilly and I try and stop myself from nodding off.

  • IAPT is great, but what about our other patients?

    IAPT is great, but what about our other patients?

    The IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme has recently had its tenth anniversary and there is much to celebrate. It now helps almost a million people with anxiety and depression each year and plans are afoot to reach 1.5 million by 2021.

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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    Employer advisory service

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

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    Changes to your GP partnership

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

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    Consultant contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for consultant doctors.

  • 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.

  • Working for online GP providers

    If you already work for an online service provider or are considering it, you need to know how it will affect your medical indemnity, revalidation and other key points. Read more.

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    The Brexit effect on EU nationals

    Are you an EU national working in the UK? Find out how to gain more security in your immigration status in the UK.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    GP partner contracts

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

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    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.

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.

  • Assertiveness in the workplace

    Assertiveness

    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.

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    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.

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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.

  • 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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    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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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    Reasonable adjustments

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mobile and devices

    Staying safe online

    In light of the "WannaCry" ransomware cyber attack, here are some tips for members on how to be safe online.

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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.

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Doctor support service

    Confidential, free emotional support for doctors facing GMC fitness to practise investigations or license withdrawal. When you need someone to talk to, we are here to help. Find out more.

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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.

Collective voice

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    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

    General Practitioners Committee (GPC)

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

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    Medical Student Leadership Award

    BMA Northern Ireland is sponsoring a leadership award for medical students as part of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards. Apply or nominate now.

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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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    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.

  • Budget 2017

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

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    NHS 70

    The NHS is turning 70 on 4 July 2018. Find out about initiatives taking place at BMA and around the country to help celebrate.

  • Annual pay review from the DDRB

    Each year, we submit evidence to the DDRB, on matters relating to pay, recruitment, morale and motivation for doctors' across the UK. See the key points from our submission to the 2018/2019 DDRB pay review.

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    Illicit drug use

    Doctors are concerned about the use of illegal drugs, which is a widespread problem throughout the UK. The BMA believes in prioritising treatment and support.

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    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. Read more

  • Alcohol

    Our work on this issue has most recently focused on price, availability, marketing, public education and better funding for how alcohol is managed. Read about what we are doing.

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    NHS pressures - what are the issues?

    The BMA has consistently highlighted the serious impact of the woeful underfunding of the NHS, with rapidly growing demand wholly outstripping capacity. Find out more.

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