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Latest news and features

  • You take the high road

    17 October 2018


    A great place for a holiday... but a career too? Despite their beauty, the most rural areas of Scotland have struggled to attract enough doctors. Jennifer Trueland finds out how this might be changing

  • A stepping stone becomes a home

    15 October 2018

    With the goal of joining his family in the USA and Canada, a young Iraqi medical graduate left his turbulent home country behind and headed west – except he discovered an island en route that he found he favoured more than anywhere. In the second part of our series celebrating the contribution of doctors who have come to the NHS from overseas, Tim Tonkin talks to Glasgow consultant Mohammed Al Haddad

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    Stay on top of your workload with Dr Diary

    14 October 2018

    Doctors can now keep tabs on their workload with ‘Dr Diary’, a bespoke app created up and launched today by the BMA.

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    The Doctor is here

    Our long-established members’ magazine, BMA News, has entered the next chapter in its 52-year history

  • She’s not a ‘lump’

    She’s not a ‘lump’

    By allowing ourselves to dehumanise patients we gradually lose our ability to see them as people at all, and the decisions we make for them will be subtly altered as a result.

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    Sorting the men from the boys

    When is a child not a child? When you want an opinion on a 16 year old in August, apparently.

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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    Junior doctors - Take control

    BMA Northern Ireland is encouraging junior doctors to understand their workplace rights and entitlements. Read our handy six-point guide to knowing your rights.

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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.

  • 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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    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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    Taking and using visual and audio recordings of patients

    Use our guide to find out how to deal with video and audio recordings of patients, including storing, using and disposing of them.

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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. 

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    Introduction to revalidation

    The basics of revalidation, including what it is and time and cost involved for doctors

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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 for doctors in England

    Our quick reference guide for doctors in England points to more detailed guidance from the Department of Health and other sources.

  • 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.

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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.

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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    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.

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    Widening participation into medicine

    Read about this initiative that seeks to give opportunities to anyone who has the ability and desire, whatever their background, to enter into a medical career.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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    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.

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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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Legislation at Westminster

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

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    Diet and obesity

    We campaign for measures to reduce the levels of obesity, including action targeted at improving children's diets, and increasing active travel and physical activity levels. See more on what we are doing.

  • Annual pay review from the DDRB

    Each year the BMA and BDA provide evidence to the DDRB to determine doctors and dentists pay. We believe it is now time for fundamental reform of the pay review process.

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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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    Junior doctor contract review 2018

    The BMA, working in equal partnership with NHS Employers and the Department of Health and Social Care have begun the review of the 2016 junior doctor contract.

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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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    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.

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    European brief - September 2018

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

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    Organ donation

    Find out more about the BMA's 18 year campaign for a 'soft' opt-out system for organ donation in the UK.

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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.

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    BMA position on NHS funding

    On 18 June the government announced plans for a long-term plan for the NHS including an increase in funding. We discuss whether this funding is enough and how it should be spent.

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

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