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Become a representative

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

You can help us to help your colleagues and make a difference to the wider profession.

You can get involved in the BMA through your workplace or your local area. You can do this by standing as an elected representative.


Become a representative for your profession


This offers you an opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people and to really make a difference where you work.

What could I do?

Whether you want to improve conditions at work, help shape the future direction of your specialty or take the opportunity to enhance your personal development, this is how you do it.


If you are keen to get involved, here are some options to consider:

  1. Represent doctors at your place of work
    LNCs (Local Negotiating Committees) exist at each trust and health board to negotiate with your employer on behalf of all doctors.
    Join a LNC
  1. Represent doctors at a regional or national level
    Regional and national committees operate across the UK and negotiate on collective issues whilst also supporting individual members.
    Get elected to a regional committee
  1. UK-wide policy and negotiations
    Our branch of practice committees represent the views of doctors across the UK to governments, national assemblies and medico-political bodies including royal colleges and educational bodies.
    Get in touch with your negotiating committee 


Want to know more? Read our FAQs

  • Why should I get involved?

    Getting involved in the BMA will allow you to meet colleagues from across the UK and to stand up for something that might affect you at work or as a doctor.

  • Who can stand for election?

    Any doctor who works or lives in the United Kingdom can stand for election. The elections are open to all grades of doctor and across all specialties.

  • How much time will it take up?

    For committees your commitment will vary, dependent upon the role you stand for. Most positions will involve no more than four meetings per year.

    For the member liaison representative roles which are new to the BMA, we would appreciate as much time as you can possibly spare to volunteer.

  • How can I get involved if I have other commitments?

    We will seek to assist you in taking part wherever possible. This may mean you attending meetings by video conference or teleconference, rather than in person, or provision of childcare and assistance with travel costs.

    If you'll need to have time off work to act as a representative we can provide local support in discussing this with your employer.

    The time off you'll need to attend meetings is protected under law and the BMA enjoys good relations with most employers when it comes to making these arrangements.

  • Do I need to have been involved in the BMA before?

    Not at all. We are always looking for new representatives and it's especially important that grassroots doctors get involved and share their views at this important time of change for the profession.

  • What personal qualities do I need to stand as a representative?

    The main qualification you'll bring is your experience as a doctor. There aren't any prerequisite skills or qualities that you'll need to get involved and the BMA provides training and support for representatives.