Junior Doctors Committee

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Get involved with the BMA as a junior doctor

You can get involved in the BMA through your workplace or your local area, as a volunteer or by standing as an elected representative.

This could provide you with an opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people and to really make a difference where you work.

Whether you want to improve conditions at work, help shape the future direction of specialty training or if you'd like to enhance your portfolio by taking on a leadership role, this is how you do it.


Three ways to get involved

  • Where you work

    Local Negotiating Committees (LNCs) exist at each trust and health board to negotiate with your employer on behalf of all doctors.

    At every place of work for doctors in the UK there are BMA representatives who meet with employers to negotiate on all matters relating to doctors working lives and conditions. Issues like monitoring, banding and the doctors' mess are discussed and it's important that junior doctors get involved with these discussions.

    You could become the junior doctors' representative on the LNC and ensure the voice for junior doctors is heard.

    • When: it is especially important to get involved as a junior doctor on your LNC when you start a new job after rotation but you can join at any time in the year
    • How: email [email protected] identifying where you work and stating that you'd like to join your LNC to find out more information about getting involved.


  • In your area

    Join a regional or national junior doctors committe (R and NJDCs).

    In your local area junior doctors come together to negotiate with the deanery, to represent colleagues, and to engage with other medico-political organisations on your behalf.

    Your regional (England, Scotland) or national (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) junior doctors committee meets regularly.  It also has annual opportunities to stand for election to represent junior doctors in your area, or for election to the UK Junior Doctors Committee.

    • When: meetings take place at different times in different areas. 
  • UK wide

    Is the UK Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) for you?

    The UK JDC regularly negotiates on behalf of all UK junior doctors with the Department of Health, NHS Employers and the Royal Colleges representing the views of junior doctors on educational policy and protecting pay and conditions.

    • How: to become a member of the UK JDC you will need to be elected by your national or regional junior doctors committee. The information above details getting involved in your regional or national area.

    If you become a member of the UK JDC you'll be able to stand as a representative of junior doctors to the Government, to various specialty associations or Royal Colleges, or as a member with responsibility for a particular area of interest.


  • FAQs

    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]

    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.