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This year's writing competition theme is 'Doing the right thing'. Submit your entry by Monday 31 July 2017.

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  • Our aim is for doctors to be valued and supported to deliver the highest quality healthcare. We are the collective voice of 16,000 members in Scotland.

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  • Visiting the MHS: A look at health devolution in Manchester

    Visiting the MHS: A look at health devolution in Manchester

    Earlier this year, the BMA took a trip to Greater Manchester (GM) to see first-hand some of the developments that have been happening since funding was devolved in April 2016.

  • What's a 'normal' working day?

    What's a 'normal' working day?

    A ‘normal working day’; have you ever thought about what that means? As a trainee, I have a logbook of cases that I see in the emergency department or on the ward and then admit to intensive care and I try to record if they make it out of the unit alive.

  • The human cost of the 'health tourism' crackdown

    The human cost of the 'health tourism' crackdown

    Yet again, we are talking about the costs to the NHS of ‘health tourists’. It’s pretty clear to me that this argument is distracting from the larger debate about central funding.

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.

  • 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.

  • Women in Academic Medicine Conference

    Pay scales and guidance for medical academics

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

  • 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.

  • FY2 Adele Flowerdue and George Allan at work in the emergency department of North Manchester General hospital. manc160915. full consent.

    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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    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.

  • Medical Students Conference 2017 audience

    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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    Firearms licensing process: GP support guide

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

  • Bradley Kaminski, Junior doctor in A&E Manchester

    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.

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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.

Career advice and support

  • 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

    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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    Learning and development

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

  • 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.

  • Queens Uni Belfast medical students 04-11-16

    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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    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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    Flexible training

    Flexible working is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Diverse doctors

    Insiders guide to medical specialties

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

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.

  • Junior doctors contract roadshow, St Mary's London, 16 June 2016

    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.

  • 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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    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.

  • Year in the life - timelapse ambulances

    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.

  • Washing hands

    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.

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

    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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    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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    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.

  • Climate change

    Climate change

    You can play an important role in informing the public about taking action on climate change, and the health benefits of doing so.

  • Women in Academic Medicine Conference

    European funding brief: Horizon 2020

    The European funding brief details the EU funding opportunities for 2017 available under the 3rd EU Health Programme.

  • EU referendum
European Community

    European brief - July 2017

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, shaping EU alcohol policy and the mandatory labelling of alcohol drinks.

  • Latest news from GPC UK

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

  • Voting in BMA junior doctors committee meeting in council chamber 20142 (1) 16x9

    Committee elections 2017

    View the results of the 2016-17 election of seats for representatives on a variety of BMA committees.

  • pharmacist holding prescription drugs

    Prescribed drug dependence

    Read our review on how medical professionals can best support individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal.

  • 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.

  • ARM 2017 Mark Porter speech

    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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