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  • Employment advice

    Experience the benefits a BMA membership offers with specialist advice on issues such as contracts, pay and discrimination.

  • Career development

    Get the support you need to progress in your career from an organisation that understands your unique needs and the daily challenges you face.

  • Work-life support

    Gain access to resources, advice and support to help you get peace of mind and rest assured that help is at hand whenever you need it.

Latest news

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    A common wealth of values

    20 July 2017

    Despite increasingly challenging circumstances in the NHS, international medical graduates continue to travel and train in the UK

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    Loss of access to isotopes 'critical'

    20 July 2017

    Patient care and medical research could be jeopardised if the UK pulls out of the EU nuclear agency, the BMA has warned.

  • Cuts a huge step back for public health

    20 July 2017

    Doctors have warned of a ‘huge step back’ in public health after research revealed big cuts to sexual health, quit-smoking and substance-abuse services.

Latest blogs

  • Why we need our own solutions

    Why we need our own solutions

    I feel truly honoured to have been elected as chair of BMA council last month. I’d like to say a few words about who I am, how I first became engaged with the BMA, and what I stand for.

  • Do patients really ‘fight’ for their survival?

    Do patients really ‘fight’ for their survival?

    Sometimes I hear 'they're a fighter' and honestly, I may as well be hearing something as benign as 'they love to read'.

  • If I give you a title, will you give me a coffee?

    If I give you a title, will you give me a coffee?

    There are few jobs now, outside the army, where it would be normal for me to address my boss as ‘Dr Smith’ while they call me ‘Miranda’. Yet even in touchy-feely paediatrics, a consultant who asks to be called by their first name is the exception.

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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    Confidentiality and health records tool kit

    Your starting point to find out the key issues to take into account when making decisions on patient confidentiality.

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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.

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    IR35 (intermediaries legislation)

    Read our advice on the change in IR35 legislation as of 6 April 2017 for locum doctors.

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    Locum GP handbook

    The BMA Locum GP handbook is a guide for Locum GPs and for practices engaging the services of a locum GP. Essential reading and exclusive to BMA members, this handbook covers all aspects of work and business practice.

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    Taking and using visual and audio recordings of patients

    Use our guide to find out how to deal with video and audio recordings of patients, including storing, using and disposing of them.

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    Who is my responsible officer?

    All you need to know about ROs - the individuals within designated bodies who have overall responsibility for helping you with revalidation.

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    Job plan checklist

    The job plan outlines a doctor's commitments to the NHS or university. Make sure you include the items listed here when completing one.

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    BMA Immigration Advice Service

    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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    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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    Junior doctor tax guidance

    Download our tailored tax guidance for junior doctors. Learn tax basics, and find out if you can claim tax relief on your training costs.

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    The occupational physician

    Information on all aspects of occupational health including the expected duties of occupational physicians and practical advice on specific aspects of the role.

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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    Top tips for new doctors

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

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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    Learning and development

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

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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.

  • Diverse doctors

    Insiders guide to medical specialties

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

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    How to become a doctor

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

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    SAS doctor development

    The personal development needs of doctors are a vital part of sustaining good quality services. Ensuring that SAS doctors receive effective development will benefit patient safety and employers, as well as the individual doctor.

Work-life support

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    BMA counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

    Mental health support for doctors. Find out more about the confidential counselling and peer support we offer.

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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.

  • 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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    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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    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.

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    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.

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.

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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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    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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    Euratom post Brexit

    The European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) facilitates the movement of radioisotopes around Europe. Radioisotopes play a vital role in diagnosing and treating cancer in the UK.

  • Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • Changing face of medicine symposium. BMA president's project April 2017.

    Changing face of medicine

    Find out how social and technological changes might affect doctors' sense of vocation, professional values and the doctor-patient relationship in the future.

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    ARM 2017 overview

    This year’s ARM took place in Bournemouth from 25 to 29 June 2017. See some of the highlights from the conference.

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    Speech from BMA chair of council

    Read the full speech from BMA council chair Mark Porter at this year's ARM.

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    ARM - Sunday 25 June

    Highlights from Sunday at ARM 2017

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    General Practitioners Committee (GPC)

    Details of the GPC including its members, priorities and contract negotiation updates.

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    LMC conference 2017

    The LMC conference 2017 took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May 2017. Find out what happened.

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    Physician associates in the UK

    Useful information about the role of PAs and the concerns that have been raised about them, and how the BMA will be influencing PA roles and how they are introduced into the service.

Membership benefit stats for 2016

  • Average weekly website visitors:

    70,000

  • BMA library e-books viewed:

    123,000

  • Number of contracts checked:

    4,000

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