Employment and career advice

Trust our in-depth knowledge to help you on important topics with practical tools, FAQs and guidance. BMA members can call our advisers on 0300 123 1233. 


Employment advice and support

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    Supporting you at work

    Trust our in-depth knowledge to help you with your employment related issues. Visit our Employment advice and support section.

  • Medical academic contracts

    Contract information and supporting guidance for medical academics employed by universities and other higher education institutions in the UK.

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    Contract checking service

    BMA members: get your contract checked by our experts and receive it back within 5 working days using our freepost address.

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    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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    Pay scales and guidance for medical academics

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

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    Pay scales, guidance and tax information whatever your branch of practice.

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    Contracts for overseas trained doctors

    Contract advice for overseas trained doctors on what should be included in a contract and when to sign.

  • 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.

  • Locum chambers FAQs

    Answers to your common questions about joining other locum GPs to form a chambers, a model used as an alternative way of organising locum work.

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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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    Salaried GP handbook

    The salaried GP handbook is a valuable resource for salaried GPs and GP employers, covering everything from legal entitlements to maternity leave, redundancy and employment protection.

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    Fatigue and facilities charter

    Simple steps that can be taken to improve facilities and reduce fatigue, so you can safely and effectively care for your patients. 

Career advice and support

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    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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    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.

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    Flexible training (LTFT)

    Flexible working and less than full time training (LTFT) is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

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    Learning and development

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

  • Assertiveness in the workplace


    This 1 hour free webinar is designed to help you to think about how you negotiate in clinical situations and highlight new approaches that you can use and embed into your work setting.

  • Medical CVs

    We're here to help you get your CV in top shape, no matter what stage you are in your career.

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    Common challenges while studying

    Being a medical student is challenging at the best of times, especially for those who may face additional hurdles.

  • Studying medicine

    From applying to medical school to support through your university years, get everything you need to know about studying medicine.

  • 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.

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    Sci59 medical specialty psychometric test

    Looking for a quiz to help you choose a medical specialty? Use the Sci59 psychometric test, free to BMA members, to find the right medical career for you.

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    Clinical teacher of the year awards

    Nominations are open for 2017. BMA Cymru Wales, with BMJ Learning, established the Clinical Teacher of the Year award to celebrate the excellent teaching standards in Wales.

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    Applying for training

    Take the step from medical school into training with confidence - know your career options and get all the support you need for your training years.

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.

  • 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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    Working parents

    Whether you're thinking of having a baby, already expecting or going back to work as a parent, read our advice on contracts, leave options and pay.

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    Your wellbeing

    Problems can take hold of us at anytime, and can often feel difficult to manage on our own. We have a range of services to support and advise you through difficult times and coping with stress.

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    How the NHS works

    Find out how the NHS works in the UK with information about the NHS in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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    Careers help for overseas doctors

    Check out our range of learning opportunities to grow your career and build your confidence in the workplace.

  • Diverse doctors

    Refugee doctors

    The BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative is a special package of free benefits available to refugee and asylum seeking doctors seeking to establish their careers in the UK. Find out more.

  • Life and work in the UK

    A new start in a new country can be a challenge. Whether you are working as a trainee or a doctor, we have guidance to support the transition to living and working in the UK.

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    Your finances and protection

    Let us support you in your professional and personal life with our range of services dedicated to helping make your life easier.

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    Reasonable adjustments

    Reasonable adjustments are adaptations to assist students and doctors with disabilities. Find out more.

  • Mobile and devices

    Staying safe online

    In light of the "WannaCry" ransomware cyber attack, here are some tips for members on how to be safe online.

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    Expert tax advice

    As a busy doctor, keeping ahead of the latest tax developments and dealing with tax matters can be time-consuming and challenging. Our tax experts Ernst and Young can help.

Join us

  • Employment advice

    Experience the benefits a BMA membership offers with specialist advice on issues such as contracts, pay and discrimination.

  • Career development

    Get the support you need to progress in your career from an organisation that understands your unique needs and the daily challenges you face.

  • Work-life support

    Gain access to resources, advice and support to help you get peace of mind and rest assured that help is at hand whenever you need it.

Talk to a BMA employment adviser

The BMA is here to support our members' professional lives. If you have a question or need advice, we can help.

Call us on 0300 123 1233

Lines open 8.30am to 6pm weekdays, excluding UK bank holidays, or access the webchat below.

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