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BMA for consultants

For almost 200 years the BMA has supported and represented senior doctors in all areas of their professional lives.

We're there when you need us.

We've been helping doctors for 190 years, so we know how it is for consultants.

We know that your time is limited - so we ensure that you have access to our specialist employment advisers, including contract checking, legal and financial services and pensions advice. We also provide guidance on your rights around pay rates for non-contractual work.

We know that you must be actively engaged in your own professional development - so we provide access to CPD-accredited BMJ Learning and masterclasses, with modules ranging from clinical practice to management skills, along with BMA conferences and other events.

We know you want the best for your patients - which is why we make sure our members have access to the best professional tools, advice, and information.

We know that you're on a continuous learning curve - so we provide the resources you need to constantly learn, alongside your career.

We’ll look after you. You look after your patients.

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Incredibly well informed and really, really helpful your employment advisers are absolutely superb thank you.
Consultant, BMA member

Backup when you need it the most

We've been on call for the medical profession for a long time.

That's why we offer backup and assistance to doctors throughout their career, from learning and development, through contract, legal and pension support, to someone to talk to if you need them, and much more.

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Employment advice & support

Backup when you need it most.

From tuition through to physician, we know what support you might need before, during and even towards the end of your career:

  • expert employment advisers, available for advice about every part of your career.
  • financial and legal advice - covering everything from pay queries to buying a house
  • a specialist pensions team, NHS pension calculator and pension modeller tools
  • free consultations and webinars
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Learning & professional development

All the resources you could ever need to advance and enhance your career.

Joining the BMA gives you access to:

  • hundreds of CPD-accredited modules from BMJ Learning – popular topics for consultants include Workload and time management, Assertiveness in the workplace, and Emotional intelligence
  • world-leading medical research journal, the BMJ in print and online to keep you up to date with the latest medical news
  • BMA Library, with thousands of online journals, ClinicalKey for point of care support, and staff on hand to help you find the best evidence for your research
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Wellbeing support

There is always someone to talk to.

We see constantly, first hand, how it is to be on the frontline. That's why we’ve ensured that you have a safety net:

  • 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and their families regardless of membership
  • advice and guidance for all aspects of dealing with stress and preventing burnout
  • networking groups and wellbeing hubs with peers
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National influence and lobbying

Our support for doctors goes beyond their careers.

For 190 years, we at the BMA have helped to ensure that the voices of our members are heard, lobbying dozens of different governments on their behalf.

While you're caring for your patients, you can rest assured that our experienced teams are at work at the highest level:

  • Negotiating on your behalf over pay and working conditions.
  • Lobbying the government for better contract terms.
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Cost of membership

Standard membership

Standard membership offer includes all of the above benefits

£41.58 per month

Discount membership

Some concessions are available for certain groups (see FAQs below)

from £15.00 per month

Special membership offer

New to the UK? Receive discounted membership for the first three years.

1st year in UK - free

Female consultant with patient 10053
Service was incredibly easy to use and very prompt thank you.
Consultant, BMA member
Apply online for instant access to member benefits

1. Complete our easy online application form in 5 minutes

2. You're a member! Start enjoying your benefits straight away.

3. We'll send you a welcome pack in the post.

Joining the BMA: FAQs
When do I start receiving support?

We're here to help you from the moment you join us. If you have a need that predates your BMA membership, assistance may be limited to telephone and email service only. Contact the BMA to discuss any issue you have and we'll let you know where you stand. 

Can I join for one month?

Joining for one month only is not recommended as you won't be guaranteed continued support and workplace protection. However, you can leave after one calendar month, if you choose. BMA membership is a reoccurring yearly membership. The subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September.

Am I eligible for a discount?

We offer a discount for spouses/partners of BMA members. If you're on maternity leave, on lower income or having a career break, going overseas, a doctor new to the UK or permanently retired, we can offer a reduced subscription rate depending on your circumstances. After 50 years of membership, we give it to you for free. 

As a BMA member, you may be eligible to claim tax back from your subscription.

Find out more about subscriptions costs

Do I have to pay by direct debit?

We only offer direct debit as a payment option when joining online, with the ability to pay monthly or annually. You can discuss other payment options with our Membership Services team.

Can't find an answer to your question?

See our full membership FAQs page for more information about joining or get in touch.

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