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Your year out of training

More and more FY2s are taking a year out of training before continuing to specialty training.

This could be due to the way that training is now structured  - perhaps you need more time to choose a specialty. Or simply the fact that FY2 can be one of the toughest years in your training and it is the natural time to take a break. Others have already made their choice and decided to carry on to specialty training.

The BMA can support you with whichever route you decide to take. Find out how we help members who take each route and what membership rate will apply.

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How we can support you

  • Working abroad

    If you're taking this route, we want you to continue to benefit from your membership.

    • Maintain your skills and knowledge whilst abroad with access to BMJ Learning, BMA webinars and the BMA Library.
    • Get a job abroad. BMJ Careers is a job search tool which allows you to browse hundreds of vacancies and set up regular job alerts. You can also find courses, read tips and articles on a range of topics including preparing the perfect medical CV, interviewing with impact and more.
    • Stay up to date with The BMJ - an international peer-reviewed medical journal. As a member you are entitled to a free subscription to The BMJ in print and online.
    • Get access to counselling services and the Doctor advisor service by phone or Skype, regardless of where you are in the world.
    • Lloyd & Whyte can help you better protect your personal interests.
    • Whether you're buying property overseas, emigrating or sending money to friends and family, Moneycorp can help get your money to where you need it.
    • Ethics hotline - for doctors confronting ethical problems at work, our free in-house ethics service provides expert, personalised and confidential advice.

    Your membership rate

    If you will not be employed by the NHS in the UK - and therefore won't need employment support - you could remain in membership for just £79.

  • Taking a career break

    • Maintain your skills and knowledge with access to BMJ Learning, BMA webinars and the BMA Library.
    • Stay up to date with The BMJ - an international peer-reviewed medical journal. As a member you are entitled to a free subscription to The BMJ in print and online.
    • Get access to free counselling services and the Doctor advisor service by phone or Skype, regardless of where you are in the world.
    • Whether you're buying property overseas, emigrating or sending money to friends and family, Moneycorp can help get your money to where you need it.
    • Ethics hotline - for doctors confronting ethical problems at work, our free in-house ethics service provides expert, personalised and confidential advice.

    Staying in the UK? You get additional benefits!

    How we can support you:

    • Whatever your stage of life, financial adviser Chase de Vere can help - from investment planning to providing for your retirement.
    • Insurance provider Lloyd & Whyte can help you better protect your personal interests.
    • BMA non-clinical masterclasses - attend one-day practical skills courses giving you guidance on how to adapt to an increasingly pressurised environment.

    Your membership rate

    If you will not be employed by the NHS - and therefore won't need employment support - you could remain in membership for just £79.

  • Locuming in the UK

    How we can support you:

    • Ethics hotline - for doctors confronting ethical problems at work, our free in-house ethics service provides expert, personalised and confidential advice.
    • Contract checking - ensure you're getting a fair deal.
    • Pensions - for all doctors in need of pensions guidance, our dedicated in-house service provides free advice on your NHS pension to help you make the right financial decisions for you and those close to you.
    • Employment and career advice - trust our in-depth knowledge to help you on important topics with practical tools, FAQs and guidance. BMA members can call our advisers on 0300 123 1233.
    • Get access to free counselling services and the Doctor advisor service by phone or Skype.
    • If you are a locum GP there's a lot to think about but we've got it covered. Get access to the new Locum GP handbook. Inside you will find comprehensive, clearly signposted advice and guidance on all aspects of locum work.

    Your membership rate

    Please call us on 0300 123 1233 to find out the most relevant membership plan according to your employment status.

  • Continuing to ST1 / CT1

    Starting specialty training can be challenging as much as it is exciting. Make sure you know your role and your rights prior to starting your new post.

    How we can support you:

    Guidance on accepting a new post

    What to expect as a specialty trainee

    Changeover checklist video

    Are you having problems with your training or having education issues?

    See your full list of benefits

    Your membership rate

    Please call us on 0300 123 1233 to find out the most relevant membership plan according to your employment status.

  • Not sure?

    Not sure what to do? If you're a BMA member, give our career consultants a call on 0300 123 1233.

  • Terms and conditions of £79 offer

    This offer is valid for one year only. We will contact you at this time to update your circumstances.

    Before signing up, please check you are happy and fully understand the terms and conditions of the offer:

    • By claiming this offer, the applicant is confirming that they are not earning an income from any medical practice in the UK while taking a year out from training. This does not include medical earnings for working outside of the UK.
    • Employment advice and locum protection will not be available to anyone during the period the offer is being claimed.
    • Should employment advice or locum protection be required while the offer is being claimed, the BMA reserves the right to request the difference in fees owing, which may be backdated to the start of the subscription year for the correct membership subscription that entitles the member to employment advice or locum protection.

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