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    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.

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  • 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

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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.

  • 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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    Gender incongruence in primary care

    This guidance aims to explain what should be provided in primary care, signposts further sources of guidance, and highlights some of the underpinning ethical and legal considerations.

  • Complaints in primary care

    Guidance on the requirements of the NHS complaints system for GP practices, including answers to frequently asked questions.

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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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    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.

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    Employer handbook

    Your new employer handbook for 2016-17. Start using the handbook tool, which takes you through the topics you need to know if you're a GP that employs staff.

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    Employer advisory service

    A free, comprehensive, independent service advice on a range of employment-related issues excusively for BMA members. Find out more.

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    Support with CHP and NHS PS issues

    Guidance for practices in NHS Property Service or Community Health Partnership buildings that are experiencing significant increases in service charges.

  • Legal

    Service charges for GP premises

    What are your rights as a tenant when a landlord seeks to recover costs associated with a let property by way of service charge payments?

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    Premises leases resource

    A template lease has now been negotiated between NHS Property Services and the BMA. Use our resource to guide you through the complex regulations.

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    Resolving practice disputes

    Mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes which can offer considerable advantages over going to court. Read our guidance.

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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    ST2 career support webinar

    In this webinar for ST2s we will cover career planning and your options, career decision making and career breaks.

  • 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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    Clinical teacher of the year awards

    Nominations are open for 2017. BMA Cymru Wales, with BMJ Learning, established the Clinical Teacher of the Year award to celebrate the excellent teaching standards in Wales.

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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.

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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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    Learning and development

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

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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 steps from medical school into postgraduate 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.

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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    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.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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 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.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Male junior doctor on phone at computer-hospital 16x9

    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.

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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    Pressure points in the NHS

    With annual increases in demand for care, the NHS in England is under a growing amount of pressure and is struggling to meet targets. The BMA is undertaking regular analysis to provide an overview of how the health service is coping.

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    Models for preventing and addressing failure

    Learn about health regulators' powers, how, why and when they are utilised, and the ways in which they may impact on doctors.

  • Regulatory systems for healthcare quality

    The BMA has produced a briefing on the regulatory systems for healthcare quality across the United Kingdom in order to clarify how these systems work and to identify the ways in which they are changing.

  • 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.

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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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    Scotland GP contract FAQs

    Read FAQs about the proposed new contract for GPs in Scotland.

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    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.

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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.

  • Adult social care

    Social care is a fundamental part of the care and support system in the UK. Learn about the different social care structures across the UK and how they interact with healthcare.

  • Models for paying providers

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

  • 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.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    5174

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    219

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    3759

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