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Tier-2 visa cap

BMA welcomes Home Office announcement that Tier-2 visa cap will be lifted for doctors. Have you been affected?

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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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    Practice managers and GP partners

    Find out how the BMA can support you as a practice manager and GP partner.

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    BMA Immigration Advice Service

    The BMA has teamed up with an external third party specialist law firm, 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.

  • 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.

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    Raising concerns

    Doctors have a duty to raise concerns about patient safety. Read our advice on why, when and how to raise a concern.

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    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.

  • Doctors working in conflicts and emergencies toolkit

    This toolkit aims to prepare humanitarian health professionals for the problems they might face while working in conflicts and emergencies.

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    Female genital mutilation

    Female genital mutilation is considered a form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. Our guidance looks at doctors' role in preventing and eradicating the practice.

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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.

  • Sessional and locum GP contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for sessional and locum GPs, and model contracts including for the GP Retention Scheme 2017.

  • 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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    Consultant contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for consultant doctors.

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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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    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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    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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    Learning and development

    From face-to-face masterclasses, to webinars and e-learning modules - we provide a variety of options to help with your professional development.

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    Assertiveness in the workplace

    This one- hour free webinar is designed to help you to think about how you negotiate in clinical situations and highlight new approaches that you can use and embed into your work setting.

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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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    Consultants in public health

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

  • 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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    CESR guidance

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

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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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    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.

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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    Wellbeing support services

    Confidential counselling and peer support services open 24/7 to all doctors and medical students. There is always someone you can talk to.

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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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    Careers help for overseas doctors

    Check out our range of learning opportunities to grow your career and build your confidence in the workplace, including advice for overseas doctors who are thinking about working in the UK.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

  • 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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    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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    Reasonable adjustments

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

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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.

Collective voice

  • Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS

    'Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS' is a project which aims to be an honest conversation with our profession about the sort of NHS doctors want to work in. Find out more.

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    Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • BMA demands DDRB recognises the value of doctors

    With a real term loss of up to 30% in pay over the last decade, reform of the DDRB is crucial. Read the BMA's 2019 submission to the DDRB.

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    NHS long-term plan

    On 7 January, NHS England published their long-term plan for the NHS. This briefing for members provides a summary of the key announcements, and what they may mean for doctors.

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    UK SASC conference

    The SASC conference takes place every May at BMA House, London.

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    UK consultants conference

    View highlights from the most recent UK consultants conference and see details of the motions passed.

  • EU survey 2018

    A BMA survey of over 1,500 EU doctors working in the UK has found that less than a quarter have faith in the Prime Minister's commitment to protect their rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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    NHS pressures - what are the issues?

    The BMA has consistently highlighted the serious impact of the woeful underfunding of the NHS, with rapidly growing demand wholly outstripping capacity. Find out more.

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    European brief - December 2018

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, combatting Europe's anti-vaxxers and regulation of trans fats.

  • 100 days to Brexit

    With 100 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, there is still too much uncertainty around the implications of Brexit for patients, doctors and health services.

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    Cannabis-based medicinal products

    In July 2018, the Home Office announced plans to reschedule cannabis-based medicinal products in order to widen their availability within the NHS. Read our FAQs about the new regulations, which came into effect on 1 November 2018.

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    See highlights from previous LMC Conferences, as well as upcoming conference dates and information.

BMA member support last month

  • Number of calls our support service received

    4284

  • Number of contracts our employment advisers checked

    223

  • Number of cases our employment advisers resolved

    3080

Latest news and features

  • The consultation: firearms violence

    18 January 2019

    More people are killed by guns in a single day in the USA than in a whole year in the UK. Rhode Island emergency medicine physician Megan Ranney leads research into widespread firearms violence – despite pressure from gun lobbyists to stay clear

  • Dig a little deeper

    17 January 2019

    When a patient has a personality disorder, it can seem easier to worsen their condition than to treat it. Leading psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy tells Keith Cooper the steps he believes can help achieve better outcomes

  • I've been expecting you

    16 January 2019

    Every emergency department has ‘familiar faces’, people regularly drawn in who receive little medical benefit. Addressing the reasons why doesn’t just save the NHS money, it yields insights into vulnerable patients, finds Keith Cooper

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