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  • Doctors warn on outsourced GP referral review

    24 October 2016

    A CCG’s (clinical commissioning group) plan for a private company to review GP referrals could put patient safety at risk, doctors have warned.

  • Louise Tebboth, The Louise Tebboth Foundation

    Tebboth charity set to support doctors

    24 October 2016

    A new charity to help doctors with mental health problems has been established by the friends, family and colleagues of Louise Tebboth, a much-loved south London GP who took her life last year.

  • Parveen Kumar
(Sept 2016)

    Help for those addicted to prescription drugs

    24 October 2016

    Doctors have urged ministers to adopt a three-point plan to help patients addicted to prescription drugs – including the creation of a new national helpline.

Latest blogs

  • Our hope is to open up our policy-making process

    Our hope is to open up our policy-making process

    Ask any doctor about what makes for patient-focused care and they will tell you that effective communication is one of the most important aspects.

  • My Awakenings moment

    My Awakenings moment

    Rose had come to the gerontology ward with a urinary tract infection. It didn't take long to fix, but then her psychiatric issues took over. I was a house officer, fresh on the wards. This was my very first job.

  • The bleep seems so antiquated, I’m amazed it survives

    The bleep seems so antiquated, I’m amazed it survives

    As a student I longed for the day I would have one of those little black boxes attached to my waist showing I had finally arrived – I was a fully fledged doctor.

Employment advice and support

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    Quality first

    A new resource that provides practical support and guidance to help manage workload. Find out how practices are adapting to increased pressures.

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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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    Consultant contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for consultant doctors.

  • Contract checking

    Contract checking service

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

  • Small business accountancy

    General practice funding

    Guidance on the contractual conditions affecting general practice finances and funding.

  • Junior doctor contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance to help you at each stage of your new job - for junior doctors, GP specialty registrars, GP trainees.

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    Contracts for overseas trained doctors

    Contract advice for overseas trained doctors on what should be included in a contract and when to sign.

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    Public health doctor contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for public health consultants.

  • Medical academic contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for medical academics employed by universities and other higher education institutions in the UK.

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    Academic Clinical Fellowships

    Interested in pursuing your academic studies? Find out more about your options for combining training with academic study in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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    Common challenges while studying

    Being a medical student is challenging at the best of times, especially for those who may face additional hurdles.

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    Insiders guide to medical specialties

    Get an inside look at the medical specialties and career choices available to you.

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    Widening participation into medicine

    An initiative that seeks to give opportunities to anyone who has the ability and desire, whatever their background, to enter into a medical career.

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    How to become a doctor

    A comprehensive guide on how to become a doctor - from life as a doctor to the ins and outs of applying to medical school.

  • Applying to the foundation programme

    To continue your training after medical school you must apply for the foundation programme. The application period is only open for two weeks a year - use our guide to get key dates and information plus tips for your application.

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    Your first year

    We've pulled together some practical tips and real life advice to get you through your first year of medical school.

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    Flexible training

    Flexible working is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

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    SAS development fund

    Available in England and Scotland, the fund enables SAS doctors to develop their skills. Find out how to apply and the benefits to your career.

Work-life support

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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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    Check yourself out

    Do you feel burned out, worried you may be drinking too much? Take our online surveys to check yourself out.

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    Dealing with discrimination

    Find out what discrimination is and how to tackle it with our advice for employees and employers.

  • 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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    Careers help for overseas doctors

    Check out our range of learning opportunities to grow your career and build your confidence in the workplace.

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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.

  • Your wellbeing


    Find out about a new, confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors.

  • BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Find out about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

  • 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.

Collective voice

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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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    Minimum unit pricing

    The BMA believes the minimum price for alcohol should be no less than 50p per unit. Read more about our policy and work on minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

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    Latest evidence and briefings for Northern Ireland Assembly

    We regularly deliver written and oral evidence to a number of committees at the Northern Ireland Assembly, along with briefing papers to policy stakeholders.

  • Footprint

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)

    Read our briefing paper on STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) and find out how they affect you at a local level. We've also developed a set of key questions to ask your STP lead.

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    Our response to no increase for NHS budget

    We have written to the Chair of the Health Select Committee requesting assurances about the sustainability of the NHS. Read the letter.

  • Medical Students Training

    Medical Student Leadership Award

    Leadership is one of the key skills needed for a career in any branch of practice. BMA Northern Ireland is sponsoring a leadership award for medical students as part of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards. Apply or nominate now.

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    Increase medical school places

    We have written to the Government in response to their announcement to increase the number of medical school places for 2018/19.

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    GP workload and future aspirations

    Take part in our national GP survey to inform our negotiations with government.

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    Junior doctor contract negotiations

    On 5 October the first group of our junior doctor colleagues will be moved on to the new contract. While industrial action is suspended, there is still action to be taken locally. Find out more.

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