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New committee member

Medical Students Conference 2017 mingling

Congratulations on becoming a committee representative for the BMA.

Representing the views of your colleagues and making a difference to the working lives of doctors is one of the most important roles you can take on. Your input and commitment is important to us and to those you represent.

It may feel a bit daunting but we have lots of helpful advice and resources to support you in your role.


Thinking about joining a committee?

Your role and input is invaluable to the profession and our organisation. Find helpful advice and resources for thinking about joining a committee.


Current committee member?

For our current committee members who may be experienced in their representative role for the BMA, we have resources to help you remain familiar with our policies and processes.


Support for you

  • What happens now

    Our committee services team will contact you soon after you have been elected and tell you about dates of meetings.

    Among other things we will also ask for some contact information to make sure our records are up to date and we'll ask you to complete a declaration form about any conflicts of interest.

    The secretariat is always happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact the team at [email protected]

    To help inform you of the what happens now, we've produced a short animation video to explain the next steps.

    Watch the video

  • Your induction session

    There is an induction session at your first meeting and you will be given a comprehensive pack of information to answer all your questions.

    Haven't received yours? Get in touch with our Committee services team who will be able to assist you.

    There is a mentoring scheme for new committee members. The valuing difference course will help you to support the BMA's behaviour principles and code of conduct and there are leadership courses which you are required to attend depending on your role.

    Find out about the courses

  • BMA corporate policies

    As a member of a BMA committee, you are expected to follow the guidelines and policies in place to protect you and the organisation. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the policies within this section.

    Read our corporate policies

    Read our corporate equality, diversity and inclusion strategy

    Read the BMA code of conduct

  • Committee meetings

    If this is your first time as a member of a committee, some parts of the role such as attending a committee meetings, may seem a little daunting at first.

    They can be quite formal events with lots of protocol, unfamiliar terminology and etiquette. Make sure you meet with some colleagues beforehand to talk you through the experience and to pick up some helpful tips.

  • Support schemes for you

    We run a range of initiatives to support our committee members within their role as representatives of the profession. 

    Find out more about our Family Friendly Fund, counselling support and helpful video and telephone conferencing advice. 

    Read about the schemes