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    A common wealth of values

    20 July 2017

    Despite increasingly challenging circumstances in the NHS, international medical graduates continue to travel and train in the UK

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    Loss of access to isotopes 'critical'

    20 July 2017

    Patient care and medical research could be jeopardised if the UK pulls out of the EU nuclear agency, the BMA has warned.

  • Cuts a huge step back for public health

    20 July 2017

    Doctors have warned of a ‘huge step back’ in public health after research revealed big cuts to sexual health, quit-smoking and substance-abuse services.

Latest blogs

  • Why we need our own solutions

    Why we need our own solutions

    I feel truly honoured to have been elected as chair of BMA council last month. I’d like to say a few words about who I am, how I first became engaged with the BMA, and what I stand for.

  • Do patients really ‘fight’ for their survival?

    Do patients really ‘fight’ for their survival?

    Sometimes I hear 'they're a fighter' and honestly, I may as well be hearing something as benign as 'they love to read'.

  • If I give you a title, will you give me a coffee?

    If I give you a title, will you give me a coffee?

    There are few jobs now, outside the army, where it would be normal for me to address my boss as ‘Dr Smith’ while they call me ‘Miranda’. Yet even in touchy-feely paediatrics, a consultant who asks to be called by their first name is the exception.

Employment advice and support

  • Medical Students Conference 2017 Workshop

    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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    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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    IR35 (intermediaries legislation)

    Read our advice on the change in IR35 legislation as of 6 April 2017 for locum doctors.

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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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    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.

  • Contract checking

    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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    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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    Pay

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

  • Local and national negotiations

    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.

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.

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    Consultants in public health

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

  • 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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    Learning and development

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

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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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    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.

  • 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.

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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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    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.

  • 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.

  • Junior doctors contract roadshow, St Mary's London, 16 June 2016

    BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Mental health support for doctors. Find out more about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

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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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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.

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.

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    Euratom post Brexit

    The European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) facilitates the movement of radioisotopes around Europe. Radioisotopes play a vital role in diagnosing and treating cancer in the UK.

  • Changing face of medicine symposium. BMA president's project April 2017.

    Changing face of medicine

    Find out how social and technological changes might affect doctors' sense of vocation, professional values and the doctor-patient relationship in the future.

  • ARM 2017 Welcome and open hall 01

    ARM 2017 overview

    This year’s ARM took place in Bournemouth from 25 to 29 June 2017. See some of the highlights from the conference.

  • ARM 2017 Mark Porter speech

    Speech from BMA chair of council

    Read the full speech from BMA council chair Mark Porter at this year's ARM.

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    ARM - Sunday 25 June

    Highlights from Sunday at ARM 2017

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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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    Physician associates in the UK

    Useful information about the role of PAs and the concerns that have been raised about them, and how the BMA will be influencing PA roles and how they are introduced into the service.

  • BMA briefing: Debate on the Queen's Speech 'Exiting the European Union'

    The BMA briefed MPs and Peers ahead of debates on the Queen’s Speech on Brexit, including the forthcoming Immigration Bill.

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    European brief - June 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, the publication of the antimicrobial action plan and tackling the rise in childhood obesity.

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    Diet and obesity

    We campaign for measures to reduce the levels of obesity, including action targeted at improving children's diets, and increasing active travel and physical activity levels. See more on what we are doing.

  • Alcohol

    Our work on this issue has most recently focused on price, availability, marketing, public education and better funding for how alcohol is managed. Read about what we are doing.

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