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State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

Explore the UK-wide data and find out the facts about how beds are used in the NHS and what this means for the health system as a whole.

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Brian Davidson and his team (left: Emma Lawrence, right: Amir Gander).

    Human tissue revival

    17 February 2017

    The Alder Hey scandal and regulatory red tape have deterred doctors from studying body parts for too long. Keith Cooper meets a surgeon with a mission to restore confidence in human tissue research

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    Data-sharing bill threatens patient confidentiality

    14 February 2017

    Patients’ confidence in the ability of doctors and the NHS to protect confidential information will be seriously damaged by a new data-sharing bill being pushed through Parliament, the BMA and the GMC have warned.

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    NHS needs £9.5bn to transform

    14 February 2017

    Controversial plans to transform and integrate health and social care services require at least £9.5bn of capital funding – but NHS leaders don’t have the cash and will ask for demands to be ‘reviewed’ and ‘refined’.

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Employment advice and support

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    Rota design and checker tool

    The new 2016 junior doctor contract includes new safe working hours and rest requirements, meaning that many rotas will need to be re-designed. Read our guide, learn the rules and check your rota.

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    Junior doctor contract 2016

    Here you can access the key guidance to help you understand the new 2016 contract regulations.

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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.

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    Tax guidance

    All the basics of tax, from how to complete a tax return to claiming tax relief, as well as working as a locum and using a limited company.

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    Confidentiality and health records tool kit

    Your starting point to find out the key issues to take into account when making decisions on patient confidentiality.

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    Female genital mutilation

    Female genital mutilation is considered a form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. Our guidance looks at doctors' role in preventing and eradicating the practice.

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    Exception reporting

    Read our step by step guide for juniors and senior doctors on exception reporting. Along with supporting resources and FAQs.

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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.

  • Public holidays in Scotland

    All medical staff in Scotland are entitled to 10 public holidays per annum. See a list of public holidays for the coming year by hospital trust.

Career advice and support

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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.

  • Research funding

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

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    Insiders guide to medical specialties

    Get an inside look at the medical specialties and career choices available to you.

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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.

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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.

  • Research Grants 2016

    Applying for research funding

    Applications for the 2017 grants opened on 05 December 2016 and will close on 3 March 2017. Find out how to apply and read the assessment criteria.

  • 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.

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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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    Independent financial advice

    Whether you're seeking guidance on what the result of the EU referendum will mean for your finances, or on your savings and investments our financial experts Chase de Vere can help.

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    Check yourself out

    Do you feel burned out, worried you may be drinking too much? Take our online surveys to check yourself out.

  • Bullying and harassment

    It can be hard to know how to deal with bullying as an employee or what steps you can take as employer to stamp it out. Read our guidance on addressing bullying and harassment at work.

  • BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Find out about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

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    International money transfers

    Whether you're emigrating for a new job, sending money to family or fulfilling your dream of buying a home abroad, moneycorp can advise you on how to make your money go further.

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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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    Legal advice and services

    You may be a GP partner concerned about protecting your working relationships or you or a family member might be in need of a Will. Whatever legal advice you may need, BMA Law can help.

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    Respect at work

    If you are feeling bullied or harassed, get in touch for advice about how to take the first step to getting back the respect you deserve at work.

Collective voice

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    European brief - January 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, mHealth and protecting minors from the marketing of unhealthy food and drink.

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    BMA Europe priorities

    We are committed to improving the health of people in the UK and across Europe. Find out more about our key priorities and work in the EU.

  • Our response to Theresa May about the NHS crisis


    The BMA writes to Prime Minister Theresa May, requesting an urgent meeting with doctors to hear the reality of delivering care in 2017.

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    State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

    Pressures on NHS hospital beds are well documented. Data on how beds are used within the NHS can provide insight into the healthcare system. This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place.

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    Ministers vision 2026

    In October 2016 two reports were published by the Department of Health (NI), outlining recommendations and proposals to reconfigure health and social care in the country, along with reform proposals from Health Minister Michelle O'Neill. Read more.

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    Effective use of NHS funding

    Find out the facts about NHS funding, read about successful initiatives that have sought to use money in the most effective way and learn how to successfully influence for change.

  • Footprint

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)

    Get the latest on STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) and find out how they affect you at a local level. Look at our analysis on funding, read our FAQs on how to get more involved, and check the deficit map.

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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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    Reduction in QOF requirements

    GPC chair Chaand Nagpaul has written to NHS England following the recent announcement between BMA Wales and the Welsh Government to relax the Quality and Outcomes Framework in Wales.

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    Junior doctor clinics

    Attend one of a series of events across England in January and February 2017 to hear from leaders of the JDC and voice your experiences and views as you move to the new contract.

  • Alcohol

    BMA briefing: Tackling alcohol harm

    This briefing outlines the BMA's key concerns and recommendations for reducing the significant impact that alcohol has on health and the NHS.

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    2017 poster competition

    Have you been involved in voluntary work in the last two years? The BMA is offering two cash prizes of £850 for the winning entries of this year's poster competition. All accepted posters will be displayed at the ARM exhibition in June.

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    Effective use of NHS funding: Overview

    It is important that the most effective use of existing NHS funding is achieved through innovative changes to service delivery and planning, rather than making cuts.

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    General practice undated resignations

    NIGPC has taken the difficult decision to ask GPs to submit undated resignations.

  • Problems outsourcing NHS services

    Another example of how failures from service providers commissioned by NHS England are causing havoc on the ground for practices.

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    123,000

  • Number of contracts checked:

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