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BMA junior members forum 2019

Date: 26 - 27 January 2019

Location: Brighton

Please note that the junior members forum is now fully booked and all places have been allocated. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list to attend please email [email protected] specifying your membership number and field of practice.


Conference outline

The junior members forum (JMF) is a 2-day conference providing a unique opportunity for junior members to get involved with the BMA. The content of the agenda is shaped by the issues important to those attending and the output can go on to become BMA policy and guide future work of the association.

The conference will: 

  • Provide a platform among like-minded colleagues for you to discuss the issues that affect you and work together to find improvements;
  • Help you find out more about what the BMA does and how it works to support you in your career;
  • Help you to develop your debating skills and how to write motions on key issues for all doctors;
  • Offer the chance for you to contribute to BMA policy and start making a difference to the future of your profession;
  • Deliver a variety of interesting speakers.


Saturday 26 January 2019

The conference opens on Saturday morning with an introduction to the weekend and the chance to hear from high profile guest speakers on a particular theme. The theme of this year's JMF is welfare and wellbeing. This year’s guest speakers are:

  • Professor Dinesh Bhugra - Professor of Mental Health at King’s College London, Dinesh Bhugra is the current BMA President and former President of the World Psychiatric Association. His research interests include cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development.
  • Dr Mike Farquhar - Paediatric Consultant in sleep medicine and developer of the Rainbow NHS Badge project, Dr Farquhar will be talking about the importance of safe spaces for LGBTQ+ young people.
  • Laura Jane Dernie - Founder of My Discombobulated Brain, a charity which aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental health while offering support and education to those affected by these issues. Laura started the charity after experiencing mental health issues during and after her pregnancies.

Following this you will have opportunities to raise issues of importance to you by engaging in small group discussions with similar colleagues from across the profession and develop motions for further debate. Attendees will also be able to choose one of five workshops to attend on a variety of topics. This year’s workshops are:

  • Impact of Brexit
    Facilitator: Dr Kitty Mohan, president of the European Junior Doctors Association and Josephine Elliott, EJD Board Assistant
  • Addressing bullying and harassment
    Facilitator: Dr Anthea Mowat, chair of BMA Representative Body, and BMA equality, inclusion and culture team
  • Widening participation
    Facilitator: Olamide Dada, founder of Melanin Medics and Nadia Ibrahim, events coordinator of Melanin Medics
  • Activism and the NHS
    Facilitator: Dr Pete Campbell, former deputy chair of UK junior doctors committee, and Emma Runswick, member of BMA Council
  • Speechwriting and public speaking
    Facilitator: Gurdas Singh and Chris Smith, co-chairs of UK medical students committee. 


Sunday 27 January 2019

Day two will give you the opportunity to debate topics arising from the previous day’s discussions and other important medico-political issues.  An introduction to debating session will take place to ensure that all attendees are familiar with the format for debate. There will also be the opportunity to speak with BMA leaders, network with colleagues and find out about more opportunities to get involved with the BMA and make a difference to your profession. 

Our hope is that the JMF will encourage you to stay involved with the BMA long after the weekend has ended. The more members who are involved, the better the BMA can represent your interests.


Who is it for?

The conference is open to BMA members from all parts of the profession. Whether you are a GP, consultant or junior doctor as long as you are within 12 years of provisional registration or 11 years of full registration then the conference is open to you. A number of places are also reserved for medical students. 


Why should you attend?

Junior doctors talk about how the conference helped them to get involved and speak up about issues important to them. 


Expenses and accommodation

Your reasonable travel expenses will be met by the BMA and accommodation will be provided for all attendees on Saturday 26 January. No reimbursement for alternative dinner or accommodation arrangements will be made.

For those who wish to travel to Brighton on Friday to ensure a prompt arrival at the conference, accommodation will be provided and an informal dinner will be arranged. Please indicate your accommodation requirements on the booking form.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January. No reimbursement for alternative lunch arrangements will be made.

Child and dependent care facilities

Subject to demand, child and dependent care facilities will be available during the conference, but this must be booked in advance. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like further information regarding this.



If you have any questions regarding travel expenses, childcare facilities or queries regarding the conference format, please contact:

Dominic Norcliffe-Brown
Tel: 020 7383 6040
Email: [email protected]

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Please note that the junior members forum is now fully booked and all places have been allocated. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list to attend please email [email protected] specifying your membership number and field of practice.

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Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton BN1 2GS


Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton BN1 2GS



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Email: [email protected]

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