The UK consultants conference is your opportunity to discuss issues that affect you and to influence the work of the BMA consultants committee on issues ranging from the annual and lifetime allowance taxation arrangements to the government’s recent 2% pay award to consultants.
Format of the conference
The conference will include structured debate of motions, as well as workshops on topical issues.
A session for those who have not previously attended will ensure that you are familiar with the format for debate.
You will be able to attend two of the following workshops taking place during the day, and you can indicate your preference on the booking form.
The workshops will be on the following subjects (further details to follow):
- Burnout and wellbeing
- Job planning
- Pay and taxation
- Pensions and the pensions calculator
Who can attend?
The conference is open to any UK consultant who is a member of the BMA.
In the first instance, places will be allocated to those who are the elected representative of their NHS Medical Staff Committee (MSC) or equivalent (or, where an MSC is not active, the relevant Local Negotiating Committee (LNC)) and to those who are members of the UK consultants committee.
After Tuesday 8 January 2019, any remaining places will be allocated to any consultant who wishes to attend, regardless of whether a representative from their organisation has already been appointed.
Motions for debate
Motions for debate must be submitted in advance by MSCs (or LNCs if no MSC) and regional consultants committees. The deadline for submission of motions is noon on Friday 18 January 2019.
Members are encouraged to use the BMA’s motions advisory service, which offers support to anyone writing or considering writing a motion to the conference. The service can advise whether the BMA already has similar policy in your chosen area, provide you with sources for facts and figures to support your argument, signpost you to further guidance on the topic and provide guidance on the form BMA motions should take.
A dedicated webpage has been set up which offers guidance on writing motions in several formats or for more personal advice you can email [email protected].
Consultants conference dinner
The conference is followed by an optional dinner at Ironmongers’ Hall, Shaftesbury Place, off Aldersgate Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA.
All those who attend the conference are invited to attend the dinner and to bring a guest. The dress code is formal (black tie). A drinks reception will start at 7pm and will be followed by a formal dinner at 7.30pm.
Tickets to the dinner for those attending the conference cost £50 (including VAT) as the BMA’s expenses allowance covers part of the cost. Tickets for guests cost the full price of £85 (including VAT). Use the booking form to book your place and make payment.
Expenses and accommodation
The BMA will meet your reasonable travel expenses to attend this conference. If you have any questions about expenses, please contact [email protected].
Discounted rates are available for BMA members at local hotels. Find out more.
Care facilities for children and adult dependants are available for those who request them by Wednesday 6 February 2019. If you would like further information on care facilities, please indicate this on the registration form.