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Tell me about the BMA

SAS doctors at SASC conference 2015. 2 June 2015 at BMA House

Who we are

We are the professional organisation and trade union for doctors, established to look after the professional needs of our members.  

We are a democratic and open organisation, ensuring that the collective voice of the profession is heard and shapes the future agenda of health for the nation.

 

What we do

Since our inception, we have been closely involved in social reform and successfully lobbied to bring about legislation to improve the health of the public. Our policies cover public health, medical ethics, science, the design and delivery of healthcare services, medical education, and doctors' terms and conditions of service.

We offer a wide range of services to members through our national and regional presence, helping doctors through all stages of their careers - from medical school to retirement - and helping them to navigate cultural shifts, technological advancements and economic pressures. Members are at the heart of the association and our elected members, supported by expert staff, play an important part in all our work.

 

You can get involved

As an elected representative - whether you are a council or committee member, or perform other functions - you play a vital role in representing doctors' interests and ensuring that their voices are heard, nationally, locally and in the workplace.

We aim to ensure that you are effectively supported in the work you do as a representative of your colleagues, peers and the BMA.

 

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  • How the BMA is structured

    We are a democratic and open organisation. Our policies are determined by doctors in local, regional and national forums.

    These forums meet regularly to discuss issues that are affecting the profession. Motions are agreed and sent to the Representative Body (RB), our main policy-making function.

    The RB has nearly 600 members elected geographically and by branch of practice. It meets once a year at the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in June, in locations around the UK.

  • Annual Representative Meeting (ARM)

    The ARM provides an opportunity for doctors from all parts of the profession to debate issues affecting your working lives and professional practice.

    Motions for debate come largely from our divisions, regional councils, branch of practice conferences, and national councils. When a motion is passed by the RB it becomes BMA policy.

    At times we will convene a Special Representative Meeting (SRM) in order to discuss a particular subject or matter.

    Find out about the ARM

  • BMA councils

    UK council

    BMA council sets the strategic direction in line with policy decided by the RB at the ARM. It is also responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy throughout the year.

    Council is the principal executive committee of the trade union. It can appoint members to central boards and committees, and can establish additional committees and working groups. Each member is directly elected by the wider membership to give a geographical and cross-branch of practice mix.

    Elected and voting members: 64 and and a number of ex-officio members

     

    Northern Ireland council

    Northern Ireland council is a standing committee.

    Remit: to consider matters specifically that concern Northern Ireland and, in conformity with the decisions of the representative body, deal with all such matters

    Elected and voting members, and ex-officio members: 24

     

    Scottish council

    Scottish council is a standing committee.

    Remit: to consider matters specifically that concern Scotland and, in conformity with the decisions of the representative body, deal with all such matters

    Elected and voting members, and ex-officio members: 40

     

    Welsh council

    Welsh council is a standing committee.

    Remit: to consider matters specifically that concern Wales and, in conformity with the decisions of the representative body, deal with all such matters

    Elected and voting members, and ex-officio members: 15

    Find out more about BMA councils
  • BMA boards

    BMA board of directors

    The directors are responsible for the management of the finances and general administration of the BMA. They ensure the implementation of the strategic and operational objectives and resolutions made by council, pursuant to the articles of the association.

    Read about the board of directors

     

    Political board and branch of practice committees

    These structures are subject to change due to our ongoing transformation programme. Our political board helps coordinate the work of our seven main branch of practice committees which represent and act for all doctors in each branch of practice. The branch of practice committee structure is mirrored in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Find your committee

     

    Board of professional activities

    The board of professional activities co-ordinates our professional activities in accordance with the instructions of council. There are a number of committees that fall under this remit.

    Learn about these committees

  • Local representation

    Divisions

    Divisions represent members in all disciplines and branches of practice geographically. Every UK member belongs to one of the 180 divisions. Each has a secretary, chair or president, and an executive committee including local representatives for each branch of practice. Divisions can submit motions for debate at the ARM.

     

    Local Medical Committees (LMCs)

    LMCs are local representative committees of NHS GPs and represent the interests of all NHS GPs in their localities to the NHS health authorities. They interact and work with - and through, the general practitioners committee, as well as other branch of practice committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences.

     

    Local Negotiating Committees (LNCs)

    LNCs are made up of elected local representatives who negotiate - and have the authority to make collective agreements - with local management on behalf of medical and dental staff of all grades.

    Find your local representative

  • Our leadership, staff and offices

    Our leadership

    We are led by a team of executive directors working towards objectives set by the BMA council.

    Learn more about our leadership team

     

    Our staff

    Our staff team is led by the chief executive, Belinda Phipps. National offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast provide a focus for members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and represent the profession in these countries.

    The staff teams are led by national secretaries. In England, local office staff provide services to members including advice and support to our local divisions, regional committees and training for locally elected officers of the association.

     

    Our offices

    Access the address and contact details of each of our main offices across the UK. 

    Contact the BMA