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UK medical students conference 2017

This year's conference will be held over two days on 28 and 29 April 2017 at BMA House, London

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  • We need certainty, and we need it now

    We need certainty, and we need it now

    Some sections of the media are referring to this as Britain’s ‘independence day’. The predominant feeling in the health service may be that we are more dependent than ever on politicians giving the NHS the clarity it so desperately needs.

  • We don’t just save lives, we celebrate them

    We don’t just save lives, we celebrate them

    An actress at the Oscars said: ‘I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession who celebrate what it means to live a life.’ She was wrong.

  • A line in the sand

    A line in the sand

    Human rights in their modern guise have their origin in the early 20th century, in totalitarianism and the horrors of the Second World War. The urgent interest of the medical profession in human rights can be traced here too.

Employment advice and support

  • Junior doctors looking at screen

    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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    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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    Pay

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

  • Local and national negotiations

    Job planning

    Job plans are annual agreements between the employer and the doctor so it is important you understand how best to prepare for your job plan review.

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    Revalidation

    Read our guide to help you to prepare for the revalidation process, how to find your responsible officer and what to do if things go wrong.

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    The Brexit effect on EU nationals

    Are you an EU national working in the UK? Find out how to gain more security in your immigration status in the UK.

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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.

  • junior doctors tax guidance

    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.

  • Files of hospital notes 20147

    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.

Career advice and support

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    Sci59 online psychometric test

    BMA members have free access to Sci59, the online psychometric test designed to provide a list of medical career choices that are impartial and based on your personal characteristics.

  • 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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    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.

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    How to become a doctor

    A comprehensive guide on how to become a doctor – from life as a doctor to the ins and outs of applying to medical school.

  • Diverse doctors

    Insiders guide to medical specialties

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

  • 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.

  • 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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    Learning and development

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

  • 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.

Work-life support

  • Medical student finance

    Browse top tips and use our handy guides to find your way through the world of student finance. We'll point you in the direction of help and support that is available, wherever you are in the UK.

  • EU referendum
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    What Brexit means for you

    In the wake of the EU referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to our European partners. Find out what we are doing to support our colleagues in the rest of Europe.

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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.

  • BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

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

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Doctor support service

    Doctors facing GMC fitness to practise investigations or license withdrawal have access to this confidential support service from the BMA.

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    Dealing with discrimination

    Find out what discrimination is and how to tackle it with our advice for employees and employers.

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    Homophobic discrimination

    Read accounts from doctors who have experienced discrimination at their place of work or study.

  • 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.

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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.

Collective voice

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    Analgesic use

    Doctors have expressed concern over the increasing use of analgesics for the management of chronic pain, and the potential harms associated with these medicines.

  • EU referendum
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    Brexit – what it means for the medical profession

    The BMA has been working hard to safeguard the future of the medical profession and the patients we serve following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016.

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    Hidden figures: private care in the English NHS

    The health service is facing the greatest financial challenge in its history, and yet the independent sector is increasingly involved with providing care within the NHS.

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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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    Privatisation and independent sector providers

    The NHS is facing unprecedented financial pressures. Every area where spending is increasing needs to be rigorously evaluated. Read our report and recommendations.

  • The Treasury, London

    What does the spring budget 2017 mean for BMA members?

    A snapshot of the key announcements in the Spring Budget 2017, and how they might affect you, the healthcare system and wider health issues.

  • Fair Medical Trade

    Workers in developing countries are suffering labour rights abuses. We campaign for fair medical trade in the manufacture and procurement of healthcare goods.

  • Glove manufacture in Sri Lanka
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    In good hands - report on surgical gloves

    We support the notion that those who use, procure, supply, or manufacture medical gloves should instigate policies to protect workers. Read our report.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Increase medical school places

    We have written to the Government in response to their announcement to increase the number of medical school places for 2018/19.

  • The real cost of the Immigration Skills Charge
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    Immigration skills charge

    With the Royal College of Nursing, we have written to the Home Secretary to raise serious concerns about the impact of the Immigration Skills Charge.

  • Secondary uses of data

    We recently carried out a review of the way data are currently used for secondary purposes involving a consultation with members and the public - explore the challenges of using health data.

  • 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.

  • Budget 2017

    We are calling for an increase in the UK's health spending as a proportion of GDP in line with that of other leading European economies.

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