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    Visa cap blocks thousands of medical applications

    16 May 2018

    More than 1,500 medical applications for Tier 2 visas were turned down owing to the annual cap, according to new Home office figures.

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    Visa cap harms patients

    11 May 2018

    Patient care is being directly harmed by the Government’s cap on visas issued to overseas doctors, a debate in Lords has heard.

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    Summer pressures set to equal winter crises

    04 April 2018

    Doctors have warned of a ‘round-the-year crisis’ in the NHS after projections pointed towards a summer of strain – with pressures on services similar to those of recent winters.

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.

  • The truth, lying in wait

    The truth, lying in wait

    Dramatic irony: when an audience knows something crucial about what’s going on in a drama that the characters themselves do not.

  • A doctor’s desert island playlist

    A doctor’s desert island playlist

    Freddie Mercury is singing ‘The Show Must Go On’ in my head; it could be the doctor’s theme tune. Dragging ourselves in to work, rain or shine, sputum or snot, dead or alive; because someone’s got to see those patients, and you can’t magic up a locum at five minutes notice.

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.

  • Sheffield children’s hospital 20 Oct 2016

    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.

  • 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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    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.

  • Alcohol

    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.

  • Ageing in the workplace

    Ageing and the workplace

    In August 2016 over 1.2 million people in the UK were working beyond 65 years of age. Read our new guidance that focuses on the occupational factors of an ageing workforce.

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    The occupational physician

    Information on all aspects of occupational health including the expected duties of occupational physicians and practical advice on specific aspects of the role.

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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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    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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    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.

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.

  • Time management webinar

    Practical time management tools and techniques to help you become effective in the workplace.

  • 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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    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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    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.

  • 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.

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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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    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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    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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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. Have your say.

  • BritainThinks

    A survey of over a thousand adults in England after the 2017 General election reveals deep concerns over the current state of the NHS. Find out more.

  • SAS doctors at SASC conference 2015. 2 June 2015 at BMA House

    UK SASC conference

    The SASC conference takes place every May at BMA House, London.

  • healthcare

    Our letter to Government on seven day services

    In response to the recent revelations about the Department of Health's risk register on seven day services, BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter has written to the Secretary of State to reinforce our concerns.

  • Models for paying providers

    Understand the different ways in which providers can be paid for seeing and treating patients with our series of briefings.

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    Effective use of NHS funding

    Find out the facts about NHS funding, read about successful initiatives that have sought to use money in the most effective way and learn how to successfully influence for change.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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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    BMA Poster competition 2018

    The BMA wants to showcase examples of collaboration between doctors, patients and patient groups. All accepted posters will be displayed at the ARM exhibition in June.

BMA member support last month

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    5174

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    219

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    3759

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