Committee for medical managers overview

The CMM (committee for medical managers) supports medical managers with advice on contracts, pay, disciplinary issues and contractual matters.

Location: UK
Audience: GPs Consultants Junior doctors Medical students Practice managers
Last reviewed: 12 May 2022
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​The CMM (committee for medical managers) supports medical managers by:

  • acting as an advisory body for council on medical management issues
  • raising the profile of medical leadership and management in the health service
  • providing a forum for medical managers to debate medical management issues.


Our priorities

Contractual guidance

There is wide variation in the type of contracts of employment and methods of pay for medical managers. Even though there is not a nationally agreed standard that covers all medical managers - except for board medical directors in NHS Scotland - it is important for doctors engaging in these roles to be aware of their rights and check that the employment offer and working arrangements are fit for purpose. Our guidance attempts to ensure that all medical managers receive appropriate terms and conditions regardless of their employer.

Read our contractual guidance for medical managers

Promoting medical leadership and management

The committee is working with the junior doctors committee to promote management roles and the leadership and management career pathway among junior doctors. The committee is also working on the development of a leadership offer for our members.

Brexit and the workforce

The BMA is focused on ensuring that the NHS and medical research in the UK can attract and retain the workforce it needs after leaving the European Union. This work includes ensuring mutual recognition of professional qualifications. The committee will continue to be closely involved with BMA work on Brexit as it progresses.


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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live our BMA behaviour principles.
Find out more

Our meetings

The committee meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting medical managers. The meetings are open to committee members only.

Meeting dates:

  • Friday 25 March 2022.

All meetings take place from 11am to 3pm either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square




The committee for medical managers held its inaugural conference on Tuesday 26 April 2022.


How to join

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of CMM, this is: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for half of the 17 seats on CMM take place for a two-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections take place in June or July.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members who meet the specified criteria for each seat are eligible to stand and vote in these elections. The criteria will be specified in the section below when elections are open.  

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



Elections to the Committee for medical managers are now closed.



Diversity in leadership

In November 2020, we held an online panel exploring how to tackle racial health inequalities through ethnically diverse medical leadership.

Watch the webinar

Why talented doctors make talented managers

In January 2021, we held a webinar discussing why talented doctors make talented managers with research presented by Dr Amanda Goodall.

Watch the webinar

How can medical leaders manage the environmental impact of their prescribing?

In March 2021, we held a webinar discussing the impact of medical leaders' prescribing on the environment. Dr Sharon Pfleger, a consultant in pharmaceutical public health, gave a presentation on new ways to reduce its impact.

Watch the webinar

Leadership during Covid-19: challenging the role of the medical manager

In May 2021, we held a webinar with experienced guest speakers, including Dame Clare Gerada and Professor Neil Greenberg, who discussed some of the competing pressures medical managers are facing, the help that is available and the practical steps that medical managers can take to help themselves and their teams.

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Develop your medical leadership skills: a focus on women

In July 2021 we held a webinar with expert guest speakers Professor Clare Hopkins, Dr Vaishali Nanda and Mr David Thornton who discussed the experiences of women in medical leadership roles in the NHS, unconscious bias, barriers and progression for women in leadership roles.

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Curing the sickness in the system- understanding and eradicating bullying in the NHS

In November 2021 we held a webinar with expert guest speakers, Dr Sonya Wallbank, King’s Fund, Russell Parkinson, the National Guardian's Office and John Drew, NHSE/I who discussed the factors that allow bullying to thrive within the NHS, the impact of this behaviour, as well as what we can do to challenge it.

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Creating change in change-resistant environments

In January 2022 we held a webinar with expert speakers, Professor Partha Kar (NHS England national specialty advisor for diabetes and NHS Improvement co-lead of diabetes GIRFT) and Gareth Parry-Jones, BMA head of strategic communications, who discussed case studies of effective change being achieved for healthcare, and ways to influence others and bring about effective reform.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the CMM, please email [email protected].