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    CCGs plan to halve spending on mental health

    22 September 2017

    The Government has been accused of making ‘empty promises’ after figures revealed half of local CCGs (clinical commissioning groups) plan to reduce the amount of their budget spent on mental health.

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    DH blows £3m on staffing agency u-turn

    22 September 2017

    The Department of Health ‘wasted’ nearly £3m on management consultants who were advising on a plan to sell off NHS Professionals, it has been revealed.

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    NHS Brexit windfall based on 'fantasy'

    22 September 2017

    Claims the NHS is in for a huge windfall after Brexit are based on ‘fantasy statistics’, doctors have said after the pledge was repeated by a senior cabinet member.

Latest blogs

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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    SAS charters

    These charters set out what SAS doctors can expect from their employers and what employers can expect of them. Download the charter for your nation today.

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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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    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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    Firearms

    This is the latest firearms guidance for GPs. Read our updated guidance on your role in responding to applications for firearms licences.

  • 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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    The Brexit effect on EU nationals

    Are you an EU national working in the UK? Find out how to gain more security in your immigration status in the UK.

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    Pay

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

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    Pay scales and guidance for medical academics

    Download pay circulars for medical academic staff in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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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.

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    Check your rota

    Read our guide to checking your rota, learn the rules and use our online tool to check your rota now.

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    Seeking consent: delegation and responsibility

    This brief guidance clarifies the clinical, legal and professional responsibilities of those who carry out medical procedures and those who are asked to seek consent for them.

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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    Sci59 online psychometric test

    BMA members have free access to Sci59, the online psychometric test designed to provide a list of medical career choices that are impartial and based on your personal characteristics.

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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.

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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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    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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    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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    Sci59 online psychometric test

    BMA members have free access to Sci59, the online psychometric test designed to provide a list of medical career choices that are impartial and based on your personal characteristics.

  • 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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    Changeover and new doctors - top tips

    We know how challenging it is starting a new post, whatever stage of your training you're at. Get advice, support and information to guide you through your next transition.

  • Studying medicine

    From applying to medical school to support through your university years, get everything you need to know about studying medicine.

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    Changeover and new doctors - top tips

    We know how challenging it is starting a new post, whatever stage of your training you're at. Get advice, support and information to guide you through your next transition.

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    Consultants in public health

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

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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    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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    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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    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.

  • 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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    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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    What is discrimination?

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

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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.

  • Medical student finance

    Browse top tips and use our handy guides to find your way through the world of student finance. We'll point you in the direction of help and support that is available, wherever you are in the UK.

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    Legal advice and services

    You may be a GP partner concerned about protecting your working relationships or you or a family member might be in need of a Will. Whatever legal advice you may need, BMA Law can help.

  • Medical student finance

    Browse top tips and use our handy guides to find your way through the world of student finance. We'll point you in the direction of help and support that is available, wherever you are in the UK.

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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    State of medical recruitment

    With the NHS at breaking point, fewer people are choosing medicine as a career. Read our briefing on medical recruitment.

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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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    EU doctors survey

    More than four in 10 doctors at work in the UK are considering leaving following the EU referendum result, according to a new BMA survey. Read more about the survey and the issues.

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    Brexit – what it means for the medical profession

    The BMA has been working hard to safeguard the future of the medical profession and the patients we serve following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016.

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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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    BMA Northern Ireland consultation responses

    Our latest responses to consultations on proposals for changes in law effecting the healthcare systems and medical profession in Northern Ireland.

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    NHS pay

    Read our briefing to MPs ahead of an Opposition Day debate on NHS Pay.

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    International

    The BMA, led by its international committee, highlights and campaigns on European and international issues of interest to the medical profession. Find out more about global health campaigns.

  • Fair Medical Trade

    Workers in developing countries are suffering labour rights abuses. We campaign for fair medical trade in the manufacture and procurement of healthcare goods.

  • Latest news from GPC UK

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

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    RJDC England elections 2017

    Elections for your Regional Junior Doctors Committee will take place between the 4th – 8th September. Find out how you can vote in your region.

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    4,000

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