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    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.

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    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

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    Recovery period for juniors welcome

    13 July 2018

    The BMA has welcomed measures to improve the working lives of junior doctors in Scotland, saying they will also help patient safety.

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    British doctors lift medical world cup

    12 July 2018

    It’s coming home … at least for the British doctors who have triumphed in this year’s World Medical Football Cup.

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    Call to stamp out inequality

    12 July 2018

    The Government, regulators, employers and doctors must commit themselves to finding ways of tackling racial inequality in the health service, a BMA conference has heard.

Latest blogs

  • At last, someone is minding the gap

    At last, someone is minding the gap

    I was delighted earlier this year when Professor Dame Jane Dacre, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, launched the new independent review of the gender pay gap in medicine.

  • Why the fax are we still using these wretched machines?

    Why the fax are we still using these wretched machines?

    I hate fax machines. I really, honestly loathe and detest them. They may look innocent enough, squatting there in a corner, occasionally humming to themselves, but I can see through their bland plastic facades to the pulsating malignity beneath.

  • Ministers are missing a step in perinatal care

    Ministers are missing a step in perinatal care

    That perinatal care is a big beneficiary of the recent funding boost in mental health care is welcome news - but it's not the whole story.

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.

  • Contract checking

    Contract checking service

    BMA members: get your contract checked by our experts and receive it back within 5 working days using our freepost address.

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    Overseas visitors guidance

    Read our quick reference guide, which points to more detailed guidance from the Department of Health and other sources.

  • Small business accountancy

    Calculate your pension benefits

    Use our pension calculator to estimate your pension benefits. It provides hospital doctors with an estimate of what you might receive from your NHS pension when you retire.

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    Check your rota

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

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

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

  • East Lothian GP Amy Small

    GPFV - Two years on

    Although some positive impact has been seen from the GPFV funding and support streams, overall the GPFV is struggling to deliver on its commitments.

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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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    Social media guidance for doctors

    Social media can be a great resource for doctors. Read the BMA's practical and ethical guidance to help you use it safely and effectively.

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    Medical students ethics tool kit

    An ethics tool kit for medical students embarking on their medical careers giving practical ways of thinking about ethical problems encountered at work.

  • 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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    Conflicts of interest

    Read our guidance on how to identify and properly manage relevant conflicts of interest.

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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    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.

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    Maintaining your employability

    This 1 hour free webinar is designed to help you take your learning forward to further enhance your employability skills by seizing forthcoming opportunities.

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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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    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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Joining the armed forces reserves

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

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    SAS doctor development

    The personal development needs of doctors are a vital part of sustaining good quality services. Ensuring that SAS doctors receive effective development will benefit patient safety and employers, as well as the individual doctor.

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    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.

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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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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    Reasonable adjustments

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

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Queens university hospital medical students practical exam

    Clinical excellence awards (CEA) agreement

    The BMA, Department of Health and NHS Employers have made an agreement on the future of the local Clinical Excellence Awards in England.

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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.

  • 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.

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    UK junior doctors conference

    Find out more about what happened at this years' junior doctor conference.

  • Junior doctor and young patient

    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.

  • pharmacist holding prescription drugs

    Prescribed drug dependence

    How can medical professionals best support individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal? Read our review.

  • Psychological support

    Mental health survey

    The WMSC is conducting a survey of medical students to learn more about their experiences of the support available to help with their mental health.

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    ARM 2018 social events

    Find out more about the social events taking place during ARM.

  • Climate change

    Air pollution and climate change

    You can play an important role in informing the public about taking action on climate change, and the health benefits of doing so.

  • UK Visa

    Tier 2 visa cap

    At a time when the NHS is struggling to fill vacancies, we are deeply concerned that visa restrictions and outdated caps for non-EU workers are preventing overseas doctors from caring for patients.

  • Medical workforce in the UK

    The NHS employs over 1.7 million people in the UK, this includes around 183,000 doctors. We present the latest available data on the medical workforce across the UK.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    5570

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    372

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4097

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