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Women targeted in engagement drive

The BMA has launched a major programme to engage better with members and encourage more doctors to get involved in its work.

The multi-pronged strategy, launched this week, is aimed initially at women and includes:

  • A family-friendly fund to cover the cost of caring for dependants when members are participating in association activities
  • Induction and support for new committee members
  • Mentoring schemes to give new committee members coaching, guidance and a ‘buddy’ to contact for information and advice.

Further initiatives, such as leadership training, promoting role models and online community discussions, are planned.

A paper on encouraging diversity in medico-politics was due to be discussed at this week’s BMA council meeting.

Reaching out

BMA representative body chair Ian Wilson (pictured above) said: ‘We are keen to develop and change the BMA culture so that the association is more engaged with groups who find getting involved difficult or off-putting, particularly our women members, who tell us that the BMA culture and structures are not very accessible to what is a huge proportion of our membership.’

He said he wanted doctors to become involved in the many representative groups around the country, and said that these groups were now more accessible.

He also wants to see greater diversity among those at the BMA annual representative meeting.

He said: ‘If our representative structures include a better balance of women and men, not only will we better represent members in our policy making, but it’s likely our cultures and systems will change for the better for everyone.’

The ARM 2014 will be held in Harrogate from June 22 to 26.

Have your say on the BMA's engagement drive with women