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Thousands of patients could be left without GPs following the closure of a surgery in Kent.

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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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    The BMA has teamed up with legal service provider BMA Law, to provide our members with free basic immigration advice in connection with their employment or study in the UK. Contact our advisers on 0300 123 1233.

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    Locality hub model

    Locality hubs offer a GP-led model that could be commissioned to help manage demand and support GPs to practice safely. Read ideas for safe working in general practice.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Whistleblowing

    The BMA has agreed legally binding protections for whisteblowing with Health Education (HEE) for junior doctors who raise concerns in the workplace. Read the guidance on whistleblowing and watch the video.

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    General practice funding

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

  • Junior doctors' leave

    Information for junior doctors on leave entitlements, working on public holidays, fixed annual leave, sick leave and answers to your frequently asked questions.

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.

  • 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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    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.

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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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    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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    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.

  • 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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    Consultants in public health

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

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    CESR guidance

    All the information you need to successfully complete your CESR application as a SAS doctor.

  • 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.

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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    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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    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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    What Brexit means for you

    In the wake of the EU referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to our European partners. Find out what we are doing to support our colleagues in the rest of Europe.

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    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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    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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    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

    Hear one doctor's story

    Listen to how one doctor coped with feelings of being overwhelmed with the help of the BMA counselling service.

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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.

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.

  • Latest news from GPC UK

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

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    Practice support services England

    GPC are aware of the ongoing issues with the service delivery from Primary Care Support England (PCSE) and some progress has been made following our lobbying. Find out more.

  • Budget 2017

    The 2017 autumn Budget was a missed opportunity to provide vital support for the NHS. Read the BMA's response.

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    Brexit manifesto

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

  • Consultant contract negotiations

    Read the latest update and FAQs on consultant contract negotiations as of November 2017.

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    General practice specialty recognition

    BMA welcomes GMC backing for adding GPs to the specialist register

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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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    Conference for LMCs in England

    See highlights from the conference for LMCs in England on 10 November 2017.

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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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    Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

    We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey of about 3,000 doctors from across the profession.

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