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  • This is more than a Brexit election

    This is more than a Brexit election

    The 'national interest' includes a health service that is well run and properly resourced, and does not have to lurch from one crisis to the next.

  • In praise of my pen

    In praise of my pen

    Because I am young and of the ‘next generation’ of NHS consultants, one might think I ought to be putting out bunting to celebrate our apparent movement towards a paperless NHS.

  • A prince at work, a servant at home?

    A prince at work, a servant at home?

    One of the dangers of watching too many medical dramas is the mistaken belief that when surgeons are operating there is an almost constant need for their brows to be mopped.

Employment advice and support

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    IR35 (intermerdiaries legislation)

    Read our advice on the change in IR35 legislation as of 6 April 2017 for locum doctors.

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    BMA Immigration Advice Service

    The BMA has teamed up with legal service provider BMA Law, 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.

  • FY2 Adele Flowerdue and George Allan at work in the emergency department of North Manchester General hospital. manc160915. full consent.

    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.

  • 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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    Revalidation

    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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    Raising concerns and dealing with complaints

    Doctors have a duty to raise concerns about patient safety and they also sometimes have to deal with complaints made against them. Read our advice on how to handle these situations.

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    Pay

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

  • 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.

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

    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.

Career advice and support

  • 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.

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    Learning and development

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

  • Research funding

    The BMA foundation for medical research award funds to encourage and further medical research. Find out more about the foundation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Returning to clinical practice after absence

    A comprehensive, feasible, and transparent approach to returning to clinical practice after absence.

  • 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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    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

    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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    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.

  • BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Mental health support for doctors. Find out more about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

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    What is discrimination?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EU referendum
Britains eurozone exit, short Brexit, on Blackboard

    What Brexit means for you

    In the wake of the EU referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to our European partners. Find out what we are doing to support our colleagues in the rest of Europe.

  • Junior doctors contract roadshow, St Mary's London, 16 June 2016

    Emotional toll

    Doctors are human too - a simple fact that can be overlooked when they are subject to impossibly high standards and intense demands. Read more about the huge emotional toll of being a doctor.

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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.

Collective voice

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    Humanitarian Fund

    Applications for the Humanitarian Fund 2017 are now invited. Apply for funding now.

  • No smoking signs 2014 9 16x9

    Tobacco

    The BMA has a long history supporting measures to reduce tobacco-related harm, and has developed wide-ranging policy in this area.

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    Committee elections 2017

    View the results of the 2016-17 election of seats for representatives on a variety of BMA committees.

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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.

  • End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying

    Doctors and patients were invited to take part in a major BMA research project examining end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying - read our report and recommendations.

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    Prescribed drug dependence

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

  • The real cost of the Immigration Skills Charge
NHS breaking point

    Immigration skills charge

    With the Royal College of Nursing, we have written to the Home Secretary to raise serious concerns about the impact of the Immigration Skills Charge.

  • The Treasury, London

    What does the spring budget 2017 mean for BMA members?

    A snapshot of the key announcements in the Spring Budget 2017, and how they might affect you, the healthcare system and wider health issues.

  • EU referendum
European Community

    European brief - March 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, mandatory labelling of alcoholic drinks overdue report, and cross-border cooperation.

  • EU referendum
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    Brexit – what it means for the medical profession

    The BMA has been working hard to safeguard the future of the medical profession and the patients we serve following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016.

  • Breaking Point, NHS info graphics
Do (ISPs) independent sector providers give good and good value care? NHS spending on (ISPs) independent sector providers keeps increasing.

    Hidden figures: private care in the English NHS

    The health service is facing the greatest financial challenge in its history, and yet the independent sector is increasingly involved with providing care within the NHS.

  • Fair Medical Trade

    Workers in developing countries are suffering labour rights abuses. We campaign for fair medical trade in the manufacture and procurement of healthcare goods.

  • Glove manufacture in Sri Lanka
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    In good hands - report on surgical gloves

    We support the notion that those who use, procure, supply, or manufacture medical gloves should instigate policies to protect workers. Read our report.

  • Legislation at Westminster

    The BMA regularly represents the views of doctors on behalf of their patients in parliament. See what we are working on.

  • Secondary uses of data

    We recently carried out a review of the way data are currently used for secondary purposes involving a consultation with members and the public - explore the challenges of using health data.

Membership benefit stats for 2016

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    70,000

  • BMA library e-books viewed:

    123,000

  • Number of contracts checked:

    4,000

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