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Dr Diary

Identify your working patterns to help plan future work and demonstrate areas for negotiation at your appraisals and job plan reviews. 

Download Dr Diary

The app is compatible with Android and Apple devices.


Sign in on desktop

Not a member? Sign up for BMA membership before using the app. 


New release features (4.6)

See how your feedback shaped our newest release. 

  • It's now easier to add activities that take place over more than one day - ie shift work and on-call periods that end the next day.
  • Activity end times automatically update to reflect changes to activity start times – this means less scrolling.
  • Stay in the app when you need to register or have forgotten your login details.
  • You can now find the help videos in the app. Get guides for: getting started, setting up work activities and generating reports.


What is Dr Diary?

Dr Diary is a work diary that enables you to record PAs (programmed activities) as part of your job plan, on the go. It is for doctors who want to understand their working patterns and take control of their professional development.

You can accurately reflect the reality of your work and how much time you spend on different PAs/sessions. Dr Diary is available as a mobile app and desktop tool.

With Dr Diary you can:

  • personalise the list of activities to fit the nature of your work, including DCC (direct clinical care), SPA (supporting professional activities), academic work and more
  • add details from your job plan to compare it against your actual workload in reports
  • select work categories in your contract, as well as details of private practice and leave
  • record on-call periods and work done while on call
  • track your work for more than one employer
  • choose either 30-minute or 15-minute time slots
  • duplicate a whole day or week of activities
  • update your diary while offline.


Who can use Dr Diary?

Any consultant, SAS doctor or medical academic in the UK, who is a BMA member and on the post-2003 contract.

Not sure if Dr Diary is right for you? Contact us.


How do I use Dr Diary?

Add activities to the app, at a time convenient to you.

Once you've added just one week of work activities, you can generate a report via the desktop tool, giving you insight into whether you're working outside your agreed job plan. 

For a fuller picture, simply capture six to eight weeks of activities and generate a report for your job plan review meeting to evidence your workload.




Gather insights on your workload:

With Dr Diary reports you can find out:

  1. overview
  2. breakdown by week
  3. weekly comparison
  4. on-call by week
  5. on-call details.

Use these reports to find out if you're working outside of your agreed job plan, and evidence this at your job plan review. 


Enjoyed using Dr Diary?

Rate and review Dr Diary on the App Store or Google Play store, or share Dr Diary on your social feeds. It helps other BMA members find the app:

Got a good job planning tip? Share it on Twitter, @theBMA, using the hashtag #jobplantips. 


Need help? 

1. Read through our FAQs

2. Watch our three helpful video guides

3. Still stuck? Contact us

4. Missing the old job plan diary? Find it here.

5. View other job planning resources

  • Video guides

    These three videos will help you to:

    • get started
    • add and edit work activities
    • create and download reports via the desktop tool.


    Get started

    Add and edit work activities

    Create and download reports