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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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    Raising concerns

    Doctors have a duty to raise concerns about patient safety. Read our advice on why, when and how to raise a concern.

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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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    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.

  • Doctors working in conflicts and emergencies toolkit

    This toolkit aims to prepare humanitarian health professionals for the problems they might face while working in conflicts and emergencies.

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    Female genital mutilation

    Female genital mutilation is considered a form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. Our guidance looks at doctors' role in preventing and eradicating the practice.

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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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    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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    Rostering guidance

    During the negotiations for the 2016 junior doctor contract, a set of new working hour limits and rest requirements were introduced for doctors. In partnership with NHS Employers, we have jointly developed guidance on good rostering practices for doctors in England.

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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.

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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.

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    Changes to your GP partnership

    Legal guidance on the GP partnership agreement, including formalising your working relationship and when to update your agreement.

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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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    Learning and development

    From face-to-face masterclasses, to webinars and e-learning modules - we provide a variety of options to help with your professional development.

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    Assertiveness in the workplace

    This one- 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Advisor service

    Our confidential counselling service is available free of charge, 24/7. Talk to a counsellor or another doctor in confidence.

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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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    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.

Collective voice

  • 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. Find out more.

  • 100 days to Brexit

    With 100 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, there is still too much uncertainty around the implications of Brexit for patients, doctors and health services.

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    Cannabis-based medicinal products

    In July 2018, the Home Office announced plans to reschedule cannabis-based medicinal products in order to widen their availability within the NHS. Read our FAQs about the new regulations, which came into effect on 1 November 2018.

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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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    Latest news from GPC UK

    The latest news, guidance and current issues for general practice from the general practitioners committee (GPC).

  • Media coverage on winter pressures

    Since the start of 2017, there has been widespread media coverage surrounding the unusually severe pressure on NHS hospital and GP services, what has caused this ‘ winter crisis’ and what can be done to alleviate the strain on health and social care services.

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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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    In good hands - report on surgical gloves

    We support the notion that those who use, procure, supply, or manufacture medical gloves should instigate policies to protect workers. Read our report.

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    European Forum

    The European Forum brings together a wide range of UK health stakeholders to consider European policies and initiatives. BMA Brussels office provides the secretariat.

  • EU survey 2018

    A BMA survey of over 1,500 EU doctors working in the UK has found that less than a quarter have faith in the Prime Minister's commitment to protect their rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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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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    European funding brief: Horizon 2020

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

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    6171

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    326

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4071

Latest news and features

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    The consultation: eyes in the sky

    18 December 2018

    Plymouth consultant paediatric anaesthetist Simon Courtman is a volunteer for Orbis, which operates the Flying Eye Hospital – an operating theatre and teaching facility inside a converted cargo aircraft

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    A spectre calls

    17 December 2018

    Long-dead doctors padding the wards, the bed the nurses told you not to sleep in, and why it’s good to exorcise regularly. Your NHS ghost stories, compiled by Neil Hallows

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    The Doctor Magazine December 2018

    17 December 2018

    The mounting costs of STPs, beating the bullies, the BMA writing competition winner and some other ghostly goings on – just some of the subjects covered in the fourth issue of The Doctor

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