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Communities

We recognise that we have a duty towards wider society and the communities we work with and within.

The BMA seeks to give back to the community through the following activities.

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  • Doctors and medical students wellbeing support

    The BMA recognises the various pressures on doctors and medical students. We offer a range of wellbeing support services including over-the-phone counselling and face-to-face psychotherapy. These services include:

     

    Counselling

    Our counselling service is available 24/7 to all doctors and medical students, free of charge. All counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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    Peer support

    The Peer support service runs alongside the Counselling service, giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor.

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    Doctor support service

    Doctors who face GMC investigations or license withdrawal have access to this dedicated, confidential support service from the BMA.

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    DocHealth

    DocHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Provided in partnership with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.

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  • Widening participation into medicine

    We are committed to ensuring that medicine is a career for anyone who wishes to become a doctor, regardless of their social or economic background.

    Find out more about our widening participation work

  • Charitable activity

  • 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust

    7/7 memorial

    The BMA were first approached by the 7/7 Trust in early 2012 with a view to hosting an inaugural lecture at BMA House, the site at which the number 30 bus blast occurred and 13 people lost their lives. It was agreed that it was right for this event to take place in collaboration with BMA. The purpose of the lecture was to discuss the positive steps being made in the area of counter terrorism, and to raise funds to erect a memorial statue in Tavistock Square.

    The events team worked with the Trust to host a lecture which in its first year was attended by over 200 people including government officials, the emergency services, survivors and families of those who lost loved ones. The event captured the attention of the press and was covered in local and national newspapers, LBC radio and ITV.

    In the following years the event continued to take place in the week of the anniversary of 7/7. Guest speakers have included Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Lord Blair, Martine Wright, Dame Tessa Jowell and June Kelly. 

    In addition to hosting the annual lecture, the BMA has supported the Trust in securing a public memorial in Tavistock Square Garden by submitting a letter of support as part of the planning application. The application was approved, and the memorial was officially unveiled on 12 September 2018 in front of an audience which included family members of those killed in the attack, emergency services staff, the Mayor of London, BMA chair and other dignitaries.

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  • BMA garden

    The garden of BMA House is a hidden secret in central London, accessible to staff, members and guests. It was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and is filled with medicinal herbs that were once used in medicine. The garden is built on the site of Tavistock House, once the home of Charles Dickens. There is a plaque marking the foundations of the house in which Dickens lived from 1851-1860. It is thought that Bleak House, Hard Times and Great Expectations were written in this house.

    The garden only opens to the public when it participates in the Chelsea Fringe Festival and London Open Squares Weekend. During the 2018 Chelsea Fringe Festival, the BMA garden was used to celebrate the work of John Parkinson, a 17th century apothecary and gardener, who wrote the book “Paradisi in Sole, Paradisus Terrestris” forming much of the early work on apothecary medicine. The BMA garden has also participated in London Open Squares weekend, an event that opens gardens all over London to the public for a single weekend, embracing urban landscapes and emphasising the importance of having green spaces to rest and relax within a hectic city.

     

  • Human rights

    medical camp in conflict zone

    We live in an unstable world. Syria, Libya, Somalia, Iraq, The Democratic Republic of the Congo. These names have become synonymous with atrocity. And in all these locations, doctors and other health professionals struggle to deliver care to the injured and the sick. They can come under tremendous pressure. They can be targeted by brutal regimes, or coerced into abusive behaviour. Isolated and under stress they can lose their moral compass and become complicit in the violation of patient rights.

    Our work in health and human rights seeks to uphold fundamental human rights in health practice. It looks toward health professionals and health systems to protect medical neutrality - the core principle that health professionals must be able to treat all people on the basis of need. It also looks to patients - ensuring as far as possible that medical practice respects the needs and rights of the injured and sick.

    In pursuit of these aims we write and lobby governments, we form allies with global medical organisations committed to upholding human rights, we speak out whenever and wherever we can. And although human rights abuses are often thought of being the provenance of distant inhuman regimes, we are also vigilant domestically.

    We have a watching brief on detention settings in the UK. The health needs of children and young people in the criminal justice system; patients subject to compulsory powers and detained migrants are areas of ongoing concern. Even democratically elected states can lose sight of core human interests.

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  • Social mobility foundation (SMF)

    The BMA corporate development team is working in partnership with the social mobility foundation (SMF).

    SMF is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2005 in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families.

     

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