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    Experience the benefits a BMA membership offers with specialist advice on issues such as contracts, pay and discrimination.

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Latest news

  • NHS unprepared for cyber attack

    25 April 2018

    The health service remains unprepared in the event of another cyber attack on NHS IT systems, a Parliamentary report has warned.

  • Houses of Parliament Westminster

    Lords back workers' rights case

    25 April 2018

    Efforts to protect working-time regulations following Brexit, as called for by the BMA, have been supported in Lords.

  • Solitary confinement carries 'serious risks'

    25 April 2018

    When a boy, aged 15, now known as ‘AB’, called an advice line run by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the adviser who answered could tell he was miserable and fed up.

Latest blogs

  • The future of clinical excellence awards is now secure

    The future of clinical excellence awards is now secure

    Local Clinical Excellence Awards are a substantial part of consultants’ pay; and we’ve just secured an important deal with the Government to ensure this continues to be the case.

  • A farewell

    A farewell

    Some accident, some decision, some omission. Some absolute calamity of circumstance.

  • NHS pressure: when does winter stop and 'normal practice' return?

    NHS pressure: when does winter stop and 'normal practice' return?

    Winter is over, but the pressure is not. The British Medical Association predicts this summer could be as busy as the winters of 2015 or 2016, while the Royal College of Emergency Medicine recently warned that we could see these winter pressures extend into the summer.

Employment advice and support

  • Medical Students Conference 2017 Workshop

    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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    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. 

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

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

  • 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.

  • Public holidays

    For England, Scotland and Wales. How many public holidays are you entitled to? How does it work in practice? What if you're part time? Find out the facts.

  • 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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    Pay

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

  • 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.

  • junior doctors tax guidance

    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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    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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    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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    Transition pay and FAQs

    Find out what level of pay protection you may be entitled to by using our interactive transitional pay protection tool.

Career advice and support

  • Queens university library

    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.

  • 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.

  • Medical CVs

    We're here to help you get your CV in top shape, no matter what stage you are in your career.

  • 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.

  • Studying medicine

    From applying to medical school to support through your university years, get everything you need to know about studying medicine.

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    What to expect as an F1 doctor

    Making the step from medical school to being an F1 doctor is both daunting and exciting - get everything you need to know for your first year on the foundation programme.

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    Learning and development

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

  • Queens Uni Belfast medical students 04-11-16

    Sci59 medical specialty psychometric test

    Looking for a quiz to help you choose a medical specialty? Use the Sci59 psychometric test, free to BMA members, to find the right medical career for you.

  • Assertiveness in the workplace

    Assertiveness

    This one- 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.

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    Common challenges while studying

    Being a medical student is challenging at the best of times, especially for those who may face additional hurdles.

  • 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.

  • Wales awards ceremony for the clinical teacher awards 2016 winners

    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

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
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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.

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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.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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    Reasonable adjustments

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

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Collective voice

  • Scottish junior doctors committee meeting 2016, SJDC

    Our collective voice

    We represent doctors individually and collectively. We lobby governments for improvements to healthcare. Visit Our collective voice section.

  • The medical role in solitary confinement

    Read our new ethical guidance for doctors on the use of solitary confinement within the youth justice system.

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
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    The Bawa-Garba case and its wider implications

    Since the High Court ruling into the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, we know our members have concerns. Find the guidance and resources you need to feel supported.

  • Houses of Parliament Westminster

    BMA response to Sir Norman Williams Review

    Read our response to the rapid policy review into the issues pertaining to Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM), commissioned by Health and Social Care secretary Jeremy Hunt in the aftermath of the Dr Bawa-Garba ruling.

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    BMA Poster competition 2018

    Enter this year's BMA poster competition. You are invited to submit abstracts highlighting collaboration with doctors and patients in the UK and internationally.

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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.

  • a busy hospital

    Promoting dignity at work

    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.

  • Brexit manifesto cover 16x9

    Brexit manifesto

    Healthcare first - a Brexit blueprint for Europe, outlines our key asks in five key area. Read more.

  • SAS doctor survey 2017

    The SAS doctor survey was undertaken to give us evidence on the most important issues that face SAS doctors. Read the key findings of the 2017 survey.

  • Patient hands

    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.

  • Smiling NHS doctor and young patient

    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.

  • a busy hospital

    Working time regulations

    With twelve other health organisations, the BMA has urged Prime Minister Theresa May not to remove Working Time Regulations from UK law.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    5497

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    238

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4247

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