We know it can be difficult to find the time to make meetings and it's natural to question if you are qualified and have the experience to get involved. If you've got any questions beyond those covered below, or would just like to find out more please email [email protected]g.uk
Why should I get involved?
Getting involved in the BMA as a junior 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. You'll also have the chance to bolster your e-portfolio and gain some of the key competencies of the curricula by acting as a representative.
Who can stand for election?
Any junior doctor who works or lives in the United Kingdom can stand for election. The elections are open to all grades of junior doctor, from F1 through to a senior registrar, and across all specialties.
How much time will it take up?
Your commitment will vary, dependent upon the role you stand for. Most positions will involve no more than four meetings per year.
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 videoconference 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 junior 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.