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  • Employment advice

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

  • Career development

    Get the support you need to progress in your career from an organisation that understands your unique needs and the daily challenges you face.

  • Work-life support

    Gain access to resources, advice and support to help you get peace of mind and rest assured that help is at hand whenever you need it.

BMA Northern Ireland

  • We represent over 5,500 doctors and medical students within the unique health economy and devolved governmental structures in Northern Ireland.

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  • Visiting the MHS: A look at health devolution in Manchester

    Visiting the MHS: A look at health devolution in Manchester

    Earlier this year, the BMA took a trip to Greater Manchester (GM) to see first-hand some of the developments that have been happening since funding was devolved in April 2016.

  • What's a 'normal' working day?

    What's a 'normal' working day?

    A ‘normal working day’; have you ever thought about what that means? As a trainee, I have a logbook of cases that I see in the emergency department or on the ward and then admit to intensive care and I try to record if they make it out of the unit alive.

  • The human cost of the 'health tourism' crackdown

    The human cost of the 'health tourism' crackdown

    Yet again, we are talking about the costs to the NHS of ‘health tourists’. It’s pretty clear to me that this argument is distracting from the larger debate about central funding.

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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    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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    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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    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.

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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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    Who is my responsible officer?

    All you need to know about ROs - the individuals within designated bodies who have overall responsibility for helping you with revalidation.

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Vulnerable adults and confidentiality

    The legal and ethical position where adults who are subject to abuse may not want confidential information disclosed.

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    BMA Immigration Advice Service

    The BMA has teamed up with legal service provider BMA Law, 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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    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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    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.

Career advice and support

  • Junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, 16x9,  A small step in the right direction, Read about the new common room for junior doctors at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital

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

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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.

  • Studying medicine

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

  • 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.

  • Diverse doctors

    Insiders guide to medical specialties

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

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    How to become a doctor

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

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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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    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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    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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    Common challenges while studying

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

Work-life support

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Supporting your work-life balance

    Get help with balancing the stresses of work and demands on your life. Visit our Work-life support section.

  • Junior doctors contract roadshow, St Mary's London, 16 June 2016

    Emotional toll

    Doctors are human too - a simple fact that can be overlooked when they are subject to impossibly high standards and intense demands. Read more about the huge emotional toll of being a doctor.

  • 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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    Promoting a positive working environment

    How you feel about your workplace matters. Learn more about behaviours which contribute to a collaborative and supportive working environment.

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    Vicarious trauma - signs and strategies for coping

    How to cope with the aftermath of traumatic incidents and spot the signs of trauma in those who have been involved in caring for others.

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    Homophobic discrimination

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

  • Washing hands

    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.

  • Mother on maternity with her baby boy sleeping in her arms.

    Life as a working parent

    Read our guidance and blogs on life as a working parent, including interdeanery transfers for junior doctors, using parental leave and breastfeeding.

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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.

  • Your wellbeing

    Hear one doctor's story

    Listen to how one doctor coped with feelings of being overwhelmed with the help of the BMA counselling service.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Climate change

    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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    European funding brief: Horizon 2020

    The European funding brief details the EU funding opportunities for 2017 available under the 3rd EU Health Programme.

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    European brief - July 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, shaping EU alcohol policy and the mandatory labelling of alcohol drinks.

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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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    Prescribed drug dependence

    Read our review on how medical professionals can best support individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal.

  • Changing face of medicine symposium. BMA president's project April 2017.

    Changing face of medicine

    Find out how social and technological changes might affect doctors' sense of vocation, professional values and the doctor-patient relationship in the future.

  • ARM 2017 Mark Porter speech

    Speech from BMA chair of council

    Read the full speech from BMA council chair Mark Porter at this year's ARM.

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    ARM - Sunday 25 June

    Highlights from Sunday at ARM 2017

  • Women in Academic Medicine Conference

    Physician associates in the UK

    Useful information about the role of PAs and the concerns that have been raised about them, and how the BMA will be influencing PA roles and how they are introduced into the service.

  • BMA briefing: Debate on the Queen's Speech 'Exiting the European Union'

    The BMA briefed MPs and Peers ahead of debates on the Queen’s Speech on Brexit, including the forthcoming Immigration Bill.

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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.

BMA Northern Ireland

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Tel: 028 9026 9666

Fax: 028 9026 9665

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