BMA advisers

The BMA’s team of specialist employment advisers are here to help members with all your queries and concerns in your working life, from pay and contracts to discrimination.
Updated: Tuesday 14 April 2020
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​Our team of specialist employment advisers can help with any query or concern relating to your pay, your contract terms and conditions, or any other aspect of your working life.

BMA advisers have diverse backgrounds, and many are qualified lawyers or specialists in employment law. All advisers go through an extensive training programme before starting to work with members, and receive ongoing development to ensure their skills and knowledge of the NHS are up to date.

 

How we help

When you first contact us, we will discuss your query to find out the details. This generally includes getting a timeline of events to check any legal deadlines, understanding what you would wish as an outcome, and giving our view on the options available to you.

If you have emailed your query, we may need to call you to better understand the situation and how we can assist. We will establish the seriousness of the situation, and whether it needs to be referred to a local adviser or can be resolved on the call.

As with most membership organisations, there are some conditions to ensure you’re eligible for this service; the support we can offer may be limited if your issue predates your current membership. These terms are set out in MyBMA – please read them carefully.

 

What happens next

We aim to resolve issues as early as possible. Often, during your first contact with us, your query can be answered and closed off immediately. If the situation develops after this, just get back in touch and we’ll reopen your case.

Some cases are more complex and require further advice. If so, your case will be referred to a nominated local or national adviser who has responsibility for, and local knowledge of, your employer. We’ll send you their contact details.

The adviser will review your case and contact you within 24 hours of referral, for a full discussion on the next steps. If necessary – and only with your permission – the adviser may contact your employer on your behalf. If representation at a formal hearing is required, this will be arranged with you.

 

Legal support

Depending on the circumstances, your case may be referred to our appointed solicitor for a merits assessment. If your case meets the criteria, you will become a client of the solicitor and your case with the BMA will be closed. If not, you are welcome to seek alternative independent advice.

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Contact us

We’re available by phone and webchat from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, excluding bank holidays.

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