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  • Respect where it's due

    18 January 2018

    Although regarded a ‘soft skill’ by some, respect and courtesy can mean the difference between life and death, says the Civility Saves Lives campaign. Keith Cooper reports

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    Demand to recognise winter crisis

    18 January 2018

    Frontline doctors and leading health organisations have called on the Government to acknowledge the unprecedented scale and severity of the winter crisis.

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    Fatigue threatens patient safety

    09 January 2018

    Lack of sleep resulting from long hours and excessive workloads is jeopardising patient safety and doctors’ health, the BMA has warned.

Latest blogs

  • Our patients deserve better

    Our patients deserve better

    In my New Year’s message, I made it clear that the government has a duty to turn around the NHS in 2018. The urgency for this could not have been more apparent in the first week of the New Year

  • Invisibility, a disease of old age

    Invisibility, a disease of old age

    I’m sitting in the waiting room of an outpatient’s department. I am an outpatient. I sit on a chair, with my coat still on, because it is chilly and I try and stop myself from nodding off.

  • The price our children pay

    The price our children pay

    Just how hard is it being a medical offspring? Medical parents adopt different approaches to the juggling of work and parenthood.

Employment advice and support

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.

  • Assertiveness in the workplace

    Assertiveness

    This 1 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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    Negotiating and influencing

    This 1 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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    Learning and development

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

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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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    Check yourself out

    Do you feel burned out, worried you may be drinking too much? Take our online surveys to check yourself out.

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    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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • E-cigarettes

    The BMA Board of science have published a position paper on the regulation of e-cigarettes – aiming to balance the risks and opportunities associated with the use of these devices.

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    Fatigue and sleep deprivation

    There are serious safety risks for both doctors and patients associated with fatigue. Read about our policy position and watch our videos with practical advice on managing fatigue.

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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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European Community

    European brief - December 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, healthcare priorities for the Bulgarian Presidency and organ transplants and Brexit.

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    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.

  • Budget 2017

    The 2017 autumn Budget was a missed opportunity to provide vital support for the NHS. Read the BMA's response.

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    State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

    Pressures on NHS hospital beds are well documented. Data on how beds are used within the NHS can provide insight into the healthcare system. This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place.

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    Brexit manifesto

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

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    BMA Northern Ireland consultation responses

    Our latest responses to consultations on proposals for changes in law effecting the healthcare systems and medical profession in Northern Ireland.

  • Northern Ireland general practice in crisis

    BMA Northern Ireland is calling on the government to address the escalating crisis in general practice. Find out more about our public-facing petition campaign.

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    Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

    We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey of about 3,000 doctors from across the profession.

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