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BMA Scotland

  • Our aim is for doctors to be valued and supported to deliver the highest quality healthcare. We are the collective voice of 16,000 members in Scotland.

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    CCGs plan to halve spending on mental health

    22 September 2017

    The Government has been accused of making ‘empty promises’ after figures revealed half of local CCGs (clinical commissioning groups) plan to reduce the amount of their budget spent on mental health.

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    NHS Brexit windfall based on 'fantasy'

    22 September 2017

    Claims the NHS is in for a huge windfall after Brexit are based on ‘fantasy statistics’, doctors have said after the pledge was repeated by a senior cabinet member.

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    Trainee recruitment crisis 'deeply concerning'

    21 September 2017

    Patient safety could be put at risk by significant shortages facing most medical specialties, a review of recruitment has indicated.

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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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    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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    Pay

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

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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.

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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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    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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    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.

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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    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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    Learning and development

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

  • 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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    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

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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

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    Our collective voice

    We represent doctors individually and collectively. We lobby governments for improvements to healthcare. Visit Our collective voice section.

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    State of medical recruitment

    With the NHS at breaking point, fewer people are choosing medicine as a career. Read our briefing on medical recruitment.

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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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    EU doctors survey

    More than four in 10 doctors at work in the UK are considering leaving following the EU referendum result, according to a new BMA survey. Read more about the survey and the issues.

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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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    Prescribed drug dependence

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

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    Human rights

    We have always advocated the highest standards of human rights in healthcare, both for clinicians and patients.

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    NHS pay

    Read our briefing to MPs ahead of an Opposition Day debate on NHS Pay.

  • 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.

  • NHS funding

    We are engaged with the government over a number of funding issues effecting the NHS. Read a summary of our work.

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    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.

Upcoming events

BMA Scotland

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British Medical Association
14 Queen Street
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EH2 1LL

Tel: 0131 247 3000

Fax: 0131 247 3001

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