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GP Retention Scheme: step-by-step guide

Support aimed at GPs who are considering leaving the profession if they have no other options to reduce their hours. Hear from two GPs about how the scheme helped them. 

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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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    Falsified Medicines Directive

    Practices should prepare for implementation and be able to demonstrate compliance with this new directive by 9 February 2019.

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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.

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

    The GDPR will apply from 25 May this year. It introduces wide-ranging and significant changes to UK data protection legislation.

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    Controlling workload in general practice

    Read our helpful guidance featuring practical tips to help manage the increasing workloads in your practice.

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    Anti-radicalisation strategy

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

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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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

  • 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.

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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

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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

    Our confidential counselling service is available free of charge, 24/7. Talk to a counsellor or another doctor 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.

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

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    Latest news from GPC UK

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

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    GP contract agreement England 2018/19

    GPC England has concluded negotiations with NHS Employers, and we have reached an agreement on changes to the GP contract for 2018/19. Read the overview.

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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.

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    NHS pressures – future trends

    BMA analysis reveals key NHS performance indicators are projected to deteriorate over the next three years.

  • 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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    Supporting health and wellbeing at work

    We report on doctors' occupational health and wellbeing and give our recommendations to employers

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    Find upcoming conference dates and information, plus see highlights from the March 2018 UK LMC conference.

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    European brief - October 2018

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, alcohol policy and MEPs adopt report on antimicrobial resistance.

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    Cannabis-based medicinal products

    In July 2018, the Home Office announced plans to reschedule cannabis-based medicinal products in order to widen their availability within the NHS. Read our FAQs about the new regulations, which came into effect on 1 November 2018.

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    In advance of the budget the BMA has provided evidence and written to the Chancellor.

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    Tackling bullying and harassment in the NHS

    Bullying and harassment are rife within the NHS according to latest research findings. Read more about the issues and our efforts to promote dignity at work.

BMA member support last month

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    7913

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    505

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4158

Latest news and features

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    Pressure builds to address workforce crisis

    15 November 2018

    Doctors have joined other health experts to call for an urgent effort to ease the worsening NHS workforce crisis following predictions that vacancies could treble by 2030.

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    The consultation: soldiers' sacrifice

    09 November 2018

    Nottingham GP Irfan Malik tours the UK and delivers talks on Muslim soldiers’ contribution to the First World War. He talks to The Doctor about how he hopes to use the lessons of the war to promote peace between different communities

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    A significant event

    09 November 2018

    A complaint brought a thriving GP practice to the brink of collapse – not because of what it uncovered, but the way NHS England handled it. One of the GPs tells Neil Hallows how he endured 14 months of aggression and suspicion, and asks how many others may be facing the same treatment

Latest blogs

  • We need a ‘one health’ approach to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

    We need a ‘one health’ approach to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

    In May I was delighted to welcome colleagues from a wide range of different backgrounds to the BMA, for a symposium to discuss the urgent threat of antimicrobial resistance, and the actions required to safeguard the effectiveness of these drugs – on which much of modern medicine depends.

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    Abuse concerns to the fore

    Two little boys – early primary-school age – have been playing an unsuitable game. Unfortunately, it was a really very unsuitable game and one of them has ended up with a minor injury to his foreskin.

  • The gender pay gap - how it affects me

    The gender pay gap - how it affects me

    Today we mark Equal Pay Day, the day that women stop earning in the year, relative to men. This is not just about a gap in pay, though national data estimates that on average female hospital doctors earn at least 18 per cent less per hour than men.

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