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  • NHS unprepared for cyber attack

    25 April 2018

    The health service remains unprepared in the event of another cyber attack on NHS IT systems, a Parliamentary report has warned.

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    Lords back workers' rights case

    25 April 2018

    Efforts to protect working-time regulations following Brexit, as called for by the BMA, have been supported in Lords.

  • Solitary confinement carries 'serious risks'

    25 April 2018

    When a boy, aged 15, now known as ‘AB’, called an advice line run by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the adviser who answered could tell he was miserable and fed up.

Latest blogs

  • The future of clinical excellence awards is now secure

    The future of clinical excellence awards is now secure

    Local Clinical Excellence Awards are a substantial part of consultants’ pay; and we’ve just secured an important deal with the Government to ensure this continues to be the case.

  • A farewell

    A farewell

    Some accident, some decision, some omission. Some absolute calamity of circumstance.

  • NHS pressure: when does winter stop and 'normal practice' return?

    NHS pressure: when does winter stop and 'normal practice' return?

    Winter is over, but the pressure is not. The British Medical Association predicts this summer could be as busy as the winters of 2015 or 2016, while the Royal College of Emergency Medicine recently warned that we could see these winter pressures extend into the summer.

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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    Gender incongruence in primary care

    This guidance aims to explain what should be provided in primary care, signposts further sources of guidance, and highlights some of the underpinning ethical and legal considerations.

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    Employer handbook

    Your new employer handbook for 2016-17. Start using the handbook tool, which takes you through the topics you need to know if you're a GP that employs staff.

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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.

  • healthcare

    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.

  • Legal

    Service charges for GP premises

    What are your rights as a tenant when a landlord seeks to recover costs associated with a let property by way of service charge payments?

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    Premises leases resource

    A template lease has now been negotiated between NHS Property Services and the BMA. Use our resource to guide you through the complex regulations.

  • GP surgery, Derry, Northern Ireland
18 October 2016

    Resolving practice disputes

    Mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes which can offer considerable advantages over going to court. Read our guidance.

  • How to employ shared staff

    Read detailed guidance on secondments, joint employment, VAT considerations and alternative arrangements.

  • Swinton GPs, practice staff talking, Andrea Sanderson, full consent

    Focus on industrial action and undated resignations

    A broad overview of the main areas to note for GPs considering, or being asked for their willingness to, submit undated resignations and/or take industrial action.

  • Workforce minimum data set

    Workforce Minimum Data Set

    The Workforce Minimum Data Set (WMDS) is a national twice-yearly collection of data on current workforce figures. Practices in England are legally required to provide this information. Find out more.

  • GP reception desk

    Changes to your GP partnership

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

Career advice and support

  • Queens university library

    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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    Applying for training

    Take the steps from medical school into postgraduate training with confidence - know your career options and get all the support you need for your training years.

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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.

  • 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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    Education and training tariff

    There are new changes to the study budget system in England. Read our guidance on what the changes mean and how they are likely to affect you.

  • 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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    Flexible training (LTFT)

    Flexible working and less than full time training (LTFT) is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

  • 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

    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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    What to expect as an F1 doctor

    Making the step from medical school to being an F1 doctor is both daunting and exciting - get everything you need to know for your first year on the foundation programme.

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    Learning and development

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

  • Queens Uni Belfast medical students 04-11-16

    Sci59 medical specialty psychometric test

    Looking for a quiz to help you choose a medical specialty? Use the Sci59 psychometric test, free to BMA members, to find the right medical career for you.

Work-life support

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Hospital doctors walking down corridor SMH2016

    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 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.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA counselling and Doctor Adviser 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 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.

  • Mother on maternity with her baby boy sleeping in her arms.

    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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    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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    How the NHS works

    Find out how the NHS works in the UK with information about the NHS in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Junior doctors conference 2016 14 May

    Careers help for overseas doctors

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

  • Diverse doctors

    Refugee doctors

    The BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative is a special package of free benefits available to refugee and asylum seeking doctors seeking to establish their careers in the UK. Find out more.

  • Life and work in the UK

    A new start in a new country can be a challenge. Whether you are working as a trainee or a doctor, we have guidance to support the transition to living and working in the UK.

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    Reasonable adjustments

    Reasonable adjustments are adaptations to assist students and doctors with disabilities. 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.

  • Queens university hospital medical students practical exam

    Clinical excellence awards (CEA) agreement

    The BMA, Department of Health and NHS Employers have made an agreement on the future of the local Clinical Excellence Awards in England.

  • Richard Vautrey, GPC chair 2017

    Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • The medical role in solitary confinement

    Read our new ethical guidance for doctors on the use of solitary confinement within the youth justice system.

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    Primary Care Support England (PCSE) service failures

    GPC are aware of the ongoing issues with the service delivery from Primary Care Support England (PCSE). Read the latest development.

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    The Bawa-Garba case and its wider implications

    Since the High Court ruling into the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, we know our members have concerns. Find the guidance and resources you need to feel supported.

  • Houses of Parliament Westminster

    BMA response to Sir Norman Williams Review

    Read our response to the rapid policy review into the issues pertaining to Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM), commissioned by Health and Social Care secretary Jeremy Hunt in the aftermath of the Dr Bawa-Garba ruling.

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    BMA Poster competition 2018

    Enter this year's BMA poster competition. You are invited to submit abstracts highlighting collaboration with doctors and patients in the UK and internationally.

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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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    Promoting dignity at work

    Bullying and harassment are rife within the NHS according to latest research findings. Read more about the issues and our efforts to promote dignity at work.

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    Brexit manifesto

    Healthcare first - a Brexit blueprint for Europe, outlines our key asks in five key area. Read more.

  • SAS doctor survey 2017

    The SAS doctor survey was undertaken to give us evidence on the most important issues that face SAS doctors. Read the key findings of the 2017 survey.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    5497

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    238

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    4247

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