Committee visitors scheme

Committee visitors can attend meetings, join discussions and influence decisions that affect the medical profession. For many, it's a chance to experience the process before deciding to stand as an elected representative.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 6 October 2020
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​Do you want to influence the BMA and have a say on how your profession is run? If you haven’t participated in BMA work before, the committee visitors scheme is a chance to experience what it’s like to serve on a committee and contribute to the future of the profession.

You can take part as a non-voting committee member, with the opportunity to attend meetings and join discussions.

 

Taking part in the scheme encouraged me to nominate myself as the committee's UCL representative, and I was successful. The scheme is a great way to try out the committee system, to see if it is something you would like to be part of.

Committee member

Participating committees

I am a local medical committee chair, but I wanted to see the national interface, and the wider picture – how, as doctors, we can influence national policy. I also thought it would be good for my personal development; in particular, I wanted to develop my chairing skills.

GP Sally Johnston visited the GPs committee

Eligibility and guidelines

If applying for a seat on a branch of practice committee, you must be affiliated with that branch. 

To be eligible, you must not have previously:  

  • had a place on the committee you are applying to attend, or 
  • participated in the BMA committee visitors scheme. 

Seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, but preference is given to members who have never sat on a BMA committee. 

If the committee you are applying to is full, you will be put on a waiting list. 

When taking part in this scheme, you are not representing the committee or the BMA. A non-voting visitor seat has no formal designation, so when speaking on issues, you should not identify as a BMA representative (eg 'I am Dr McCoy, a BMA visiting member of the consultants committee'). You will speak in a personal capacity and should explicitly ask not to be identified as a BMA representative. 

Expenses including travel, accommodation and childcare are allowed, but honoraria is not included. 

 

How to apply

Download the application form, then send your completed form by email to [email protected].

If you have any questions about the scheme, please email the team or call 020 7383 6040.

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