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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Junior doctors' leave

    Information for junior doctors on leave entitlements, working on public holidays, fixed annual leave, sick leave and answers to your frequently asked questions.

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    Practice staff training resource

    A new essential guide for GP practice managers and staff. Find out which training requirements are mandatory and how to meet those demands.

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    Zika virus infection guidance

    Updated key advice summarised for primary care doctors treating patients travelling to or returning from countries affected by the Zika virus outbreak.

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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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    Check your rota

    Read our guide to checking your rota, learn the rules and use our online tool to check your rota now.

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    Confidentiality and health records tool kit

    Your starting point to find out the key issues to take into account when making decisions on patient confidentiality.

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    Social media guidance for doctors

    Social media can be a great resource for doctors. Read the BMA's practical and ethical guidance to help you use it safely and effectively.

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    Firearms licensing process: GP support guide

    This is the latest firearms guidance for GPs. Read our updated guidance on your role in responding to applications for gun licences.

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    Seeking consent: delegation and responsibility

    This brief guidance clarifies the clinical, legal and professional responsibilities of those who carry out medical procedures and those who are asked to seek consent for them.

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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    Learning and development

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

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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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    Sci59 online psychometric test

    BMA members have free access to Sci59, the online psychometric test designed to provide a list of medical career choices that are impartial and based on your personal characteristics.

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    Academic Clinical Fellowships

    Interested in pursuing your academic studies? Find out more about your options for combining training with academic study in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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    Flexible training

    Flexible working is becoming more commonplace - read our step by step guide and see if LTFT is right for you.

  • 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.

  • Studying medicine

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

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    Consultants in public health

    Ensure that your employer recognises your value and understands the principles of your role.

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    CESR guidance

    All the information you need to successfully complete your CESR application as a SAS doctor.

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    Communication skills

    Good communication skills are an essential component of the doctor-patient relationship. Find out about courses, events and resources available to help you in this area.

  • Diverse doctors

    Insiders guide to medical specialties

    Get an inside look at the medical specialties and career choices available to you.

Work-life support

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    Supporting your work-life balance

    Get help with balancing the stresses of work and demands on your life. Visit our Work-life support section.

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    Emotional toll

    Doctors are human too - a simple fact that can be overlooked when they are subject to impossibly high standards and intense demands. Read more about the huge emotional toll of being a doctor.

  • 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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    Promoting a positive working environment

    How you feel about your workplace matters. Learn more about behaviours which contribute to a collaborative and supportive working environment.

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    Vicarious trauma - signs and strategies for coping

    How to cope with the aftermath of traumatic incidents and spot the signs of trauma in those who have been involved in caring for others.

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    Homophobic discrimination

    Read accounts from doctors who have experienced discrimination at their place of work or study.

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    Bullying and harassment

    It can be hard to know how to deal with bullying as an employee or what steps you can take as employer to stamp it out. Read our guidance on addressing bullying and harassment at work.

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    Life as a working parent

    Read our guidance and blogs on life as a working parent, including interdeanery transfers for junior doctors, using parental leave and breastfeeding.

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    Check yourself out

    Do you feel burned out, worried you may be drinking too much? Take our online surveys to check yourself out.

  • Your wellbeing

    Hear one doctor's story

    Listen to how one doctor coped with feelings of being overwhelmed with the help of the BMA counselling service.

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    International money transfers

    Whether you're emigrating for a new job, sending money to family or fulfilling your dream of buying a home abroad, moneycorp can advise you on how to make your money go further.

  • Doctors wellbeing, mental health

    Doctor support service

    Confidential, free emotional support for doctors facing GMC fitness to practise investigations or license withdrawal. When you need someone to talk to, we are here to help. Find out more.

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  • 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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