COVID-19

We answer your questions about the impact of coronavirus on your work, training, education, and wellbeing as a medical professional. We will continue to add guidance over the coming days and weeks.

What the BMA is doing

COVID-19: BMA priorities

The BMA is working tirelessly to campaign for doctors on sufficient PPE provision, testing for health workers, expanding the workforce and death in service.

BMA council chair message

Our council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has written to BMA members outlining all the work we are doing to support members during COVID-19.

COVID-19: BMA in the news

Read a recent selection of our most current media coverage in response to the BMA's work protecting doctors during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19: analysing the impact of coronavirus on doctors

We are surveying our members to understand what doctors are experiencing so we can play this back to the Government. We highlight key findings from BMA surveys and access to results.

PPE

COVID-19: PPE for doctors

Get clarification on PPE use in primary and secondary care, including procurement, use, safe working and CPR.

COVID-19: refusing to treat where PPE is inadequate

This guidance sets out the process for doctors to follow to identify whether your PPE is adequate and what you can do if it is not.

COVID-19: BMA Scotland position on PPE usage during CPR

BMA Scotland position on PPE usage when performing chest compressions during CPR in adults and associated clinical decision making.

Your health

COVID-19: doctors isolating and those in vulnerable groups

Read our frequently asked questions for doctors who are isolating, have underlying health conditions or live with someone who is in a high risk group.

COVID-19: your wellbeing

This guidance aims to help doctors and medical students working under extraordinary and challenging circumstances to look after their own health and wellbeing.

COVID-19: risk assessment

All doctors should have a risk assessment, including those returning to the NHS and existing staff. We cover risk factors, tools to help you and what the process should be.

COVID-19: the risk to BAME doctors

We look at the evidence for increased risk for black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors and provide advice about what workplace support to expect, suggest actions for employers, and explain what the BMA is doing.

Adapting to COVID

COVID-19: death certification and cremation

This guidance replaces existing BMA guidance on verification and certification of death and cremation during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: video consultations and homeworking

Advice for doctors in all settings in getting homeworking equipment, when to consult patients via video, approved NHS tools for remote consultations and tips for running them.

COVID-19: COVID centres in Northern Ireland

About COVID centres and how they operate, PPE, working in the centres and when is appropriate to use the centres.

COVID-19: working in private practice

Read our overview of how the pandemic is affecting private practice and access some resources to help you tackle any issues.

Your contract

COVID-19: your terms and conditions

We've compiled answers to some of the questions doctors have about the impact of COVID-19 on your contract terms and conditions, including annual leave, acting up, childcare, pay and extended hours.

COVID-19: model terms for GPs

A BMA practice/provider agreement – model terms of engagement for a GP providing temporary COVID-19 services.

COVID-19: civil medical practitioners taking on additional work

This guidance is a temporary policy which sets out the measures which have been put in place for CMPS (civil medical practitioners) to take on additional work, to support the NHS and defence medical services during the pandemic.

COVID-19: life assurance scheme guidance

We outline how the scheme works, who it's for, eligibility criteria, how to claim, and how it relates to existing death in service benefits.

Ethics

COVID-19: ethical issues

Guidance for doctors on ethical issues likely to arise when providing care and treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak, including resource, withdrawing treatment and maintaining essential services.

COVID-19: FAQs about ethics

Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and ethics, including withdrawing treatment, equality legislation, working outside your specialty and inadequate PPE.

Returning to the NHS or starting a new role

COVID-19: staff redeployment

Our guidance gives an overview of redeployment for employed doctors, including giving your consent, training, terms and conditions, raising concerns and your wellbeing.

COVID-19: retired doctors returning to work

This guidance is for retired doctors choosing to return to work and your pension, performers list regulations, indemnity, what work you can perform and technology.

COVID-19: medical students requested to work in the NHS

Guidance for medical students on medical schools and trusts/boards offering the opportunity to take on contracts of employment in the NHS due to COVID-19.

COVID-19: early provisional registration for final year students

What early registration means for eligible final year students requested to start work in the NHS early due to COVID-19.

COVID-19: medical students requested to work in Northern Ireland

Guidance for medical students in Northern Ireland offered contracts of employment in the NHS due to COVID-19, what it means for you and what you need to look out for in your contract.

GP practices

COVID-19: toolkit for GPs and GP practices

Comprehensive guidance for GPs, partners and practice managers to manage employment and contractual issues and service provision during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rota changes

COVID-19: managing junior doctor rota changes in England

The BMA and NHS Employers have agreed the steps to take where it is impossible to implement the working hours restrictions and rest requirements in the TCS for junior doctors.

COVID-19: managing junior doctor rota changes in Scotland

Guidance on new rotas for junior doctors and annual leave, rest periods, pay, hours and working additional hours during coronavirus.

COVID-19: managing junior doctor rota changes in Wales

Guidance on new rotas for junior doctors and annual leave, rest periods, pay, hours and working additional hours during coronavirus.

COVID-19: managing junior doctor rota changes in Northern Ireland

Guidance on new rotas for junior doctors and annual leave, rest periods, pay, hours and working additional hours during coronavirus.

Immigration

COVID-19: guidance for international doctors

We offer guidance for IMGs and international students about your visa, GMC registration, exam cancellations and how to help during the pandemic.

BMA asks

COVID-19: childcare for doctors in England

Our briefing outlines the issues doctors in England face in finding childcare provision. Read our key asks.

COVID-19: BMA expectations of medical schools

A set of principles for medical schools to ensure that students are enabled to complete their studies and their achievements to be reliably assessed.

COVID-19: easing the lockdown

Our principles and priorities for easing the lockdown.

Resources

COVID-19 guidance directory

We've created a roundup of official guidance for doctors, medical students and retired doctors.