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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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    Contract checking service

    BMA members: get your contract checked by our experts and receive it back within 5 working days using our freepost address.

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    Overseas visitors guidance

    Read our quick reference guide, which points to more detailed guidance from the Department of Health and other sources.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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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    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.

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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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    Zika virus infection guidance

    Updated key advice summarised for primary care doctors treating patients travelling to or returning from countries affected by the Zika virus outbreak.

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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. 

  • Public holidays in Scotland

    All medical staff in Scotland are entitled to 10 public holidays per annum. See a list of public holidays for the coming year by hospital trust.

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.

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    Consultants in public health

    Ensure that your employer recognises your value and understands the principles of your role.

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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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    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.

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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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    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

  • 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.

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    BMA position on NHS funding

    On 18 June the government announced plans for a long-term plan for the NHS including an increase in funding. We discuss whether this funding is enough and how it should be spent.

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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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    UK junior doctors conference

    Find out more about what happened at this years' junior doctor conference.

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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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    Prescribed drug dependence

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

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    ARM 2018 social events

    Find out more about the social events taking place during ARM.

  • Climate change

    Air pollution and 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.

  • UK Visa

    Tier 2 visa cap

    At a time when the NHS is struggling to fill vacancies, we are deeply concerned that visa restrictions and outdated caps for non-EU workers are preventing overseas doctors from caring for patients.

  • Medical workforce in the UK

    The NHS employs over 1.7 million people in the UK, this includes around 183,000 doctors. We present the latest available data on the medical workforce across the UK.

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    ARM week

    Visit these pages during ARM 2018 for a snapshot of what will be taking place throughout the week.

  • Annual pay review from the DDRB

    Each year, we submit evidence to the DDRB, on matters relating to pay, recruitment, morale and motivation for doctors' across the UK. See the key points from our submission to the 2018/2019 DDRB pay review.

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  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4097

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