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UK consultants conference highlights 2018

Find out what happened at this year's BMA consultants committee conference.

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Latest news

  • EU citizenship future uncertain

    08 March 2018

    Ministers are still dragging their feet over the futures of EU staff in the NHS, the BMA has warned.

  • Doctors demand comprehensive alcohol labelling

    13 February 2018

    The alcohol industry should be forced to list ingredients and nutritional information on products, doctors leaders across Europe have said.

  • Life and work in the UK

    Surcharge hike will hinder doctors

    13 February 2018

    Plans to double the cost of the health surcharge levied on non-EEA (European Economic Area) visitors to the UK risks deterring international doctors from working in the NHS.

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Employment advice and support

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    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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    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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    Gender pay gap reporting

    From 31 March 2017, many UK employers will have to publish gender pay gap information. Find out what this means for you and your employer.

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    Pay scales, guidance and tax information whatever your branch of practice.

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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. 

  • Local and national negotiations

    Job planning

    Job plans are annual agreements between the employer and the doctor so it is important you understand how best to prepare for your job plan review.

  • Mobile and devices


    Pensions is a complex and changing issue for doctors. We offer guidance on the 1995 and 2008 sections, and coverage of the 2015 NHS pension scheme.

  • Women in Academic Medicine Conference


    Read our guide to help you to prepare for the revalidation process, how to find your responsible officer and what to do if things go wrong.

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    Criminal record checks and declarations

    Understand your legal, contractual and professional responsibilities when declaring criminal convictions and staying up to date with criminal record checks.

  • 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.

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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.

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    Consultant contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for consultant 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.

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    Learning and development

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

  • Assertiveness in the workplace


    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.

  • 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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    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.

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    Consultants in public health

    Ensure that your employer recognises your value and understands the principles of your role.

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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    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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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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    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.

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.

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    Fatigue and sleep deprivation

    There are serious safety risks for both doctors and patients associated with fatigue. Read about our policy position and watch our videos with practical advice on managing fatigue.

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    Working in a system under pressure

    Read the BMA UK Council report which sets out the current pressures within the healthcare system and how these affect doctors and their practice.

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    BMA Chair of Council statement on ACOs

    Read the statement from the BMA Chair of Council on Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).

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    Prescribed drug dependence

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

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    The BMA has a long history and strong policy for supporting measures to reduce tobacco-related harm, and has developed wide-ranging policy in the area of smoking-related illnesses.

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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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    Child health

    The BMA has a longstanding interest in child health and the impact of social inequalities on health outcomes for children and young people - see our publications and policies.

  • Climate change

    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.

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    Analgesic use

    Doctors have expressed concern over the increasing use of analgesics for the management of chronic pain and the lack of access to adequate pain relief at the end of life.

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    UK consultants conference

    View highlights from the most recent UK consultants conference and see details of the motions passed.

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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

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