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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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    Learning from tragedy

    12 July 2018

    In the second part of a two-part series, BMA medical ethics committee chair John Chisholm recounts a visit to the site of the Srebrenica massacre and meets those trying to lay a horrific past to rest

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

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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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    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.

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

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

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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.

  • 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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    Rostering guidance

    During the negotiations for the 2016 junior doctor contract, a set of new working hour limits and rest requirements were introduced. In partnership with NHS Employers, we have jointly developed guidance on good rostering practices.

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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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    Alcohol, drugs and the workplace

    This guide aims to help you to understand and support patients and employers to address the use of alcohol and illicit drug in the workplace.

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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. 

  • 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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    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.

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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.

  • 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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    Applying for training

    Take the steps from medical school into postgraduate training with confidence - know your career options and get all the support you need for your training years.

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    Learning and development

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

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.

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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.

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    Reasonable adjustments

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

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    Staying safe online

    In light of the "WannaCry" ransomware cyber attack, here are some tips for members on how to be safe online.

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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    UK junior doctors conference

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

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    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.

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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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    ARM 2018 social events

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    BMA position on health spend

    In anticipation of the Government making a long-term funding settlement for the NHS, we have written to the Chancellor calling for the funding uplift the NHS desperately requires.

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    ARM week

    Visit these pages during ARM 2018 for a snapshot of what will be taking place throughout the week.

  • Annual pay review from the DDRB

    Each year, we submit evidence to the DDRB, on matters relating to pay, recruitment, morale and motivation for doctors' across the UK. See the key points from our submission to the 2018/2019 DDRB pay review.

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    Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

    We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey of about 3,000 doctors from across the profession.

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