RJDCs (regional junior doctor committees) are the voice of junior doctors living and working in a region - they represent junior doctors locally, regionally and nationally and send representatives to the UK JDC (junior doctors committee).
We are the only national trade union or organisation that represents junior doctors to hold yearly national elections open to all members.
Each RJDC has a dedicated online page, created by regional JDC officers. These pages allow you to see what's going on in your area and who to contact to get involved.
How to join your RJDC
There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations at regional level, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills.
- Seats/term - every year, elections for the 13 RJDCs in England are held for their executive committee for a one-session term. Roles include, but are not limited to: chair, deputy chair, secretary, communications officer and equalities officer. Of the elected, 42 will automatically get a seat on UKJDC.
- Timeline - these elections are run by regional staff after the August rotation, results are usually known in late August.
- Eligibility - all junior doctors* who are BMA members are eligible to stand and vote in this election exclusively in the region where they live or work.
*A junior doctor is defined as:
- medically qualified at the time of the first JDC meeting of the session; and
- engaged for the majority of their medical professional time in junior medical practice; or
- have fulfilled condition 2 within two calendar years prior to appointment to JDC, and able to declare their intention of fulfilling it again.
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.
To ensure you can participate in the correct election, please confirm your BMA account details are up to date.
Read more about the difference you can make joining a committee in this blog by Jeeves Wijesuriya.
Elections to RJDCs are now closed.
Get in touch
If you would like to learn more about the RJDCs, please contact your regional secretariat to find out how to get involved. If you need further information or aren't sure which region you fall under, email [email protected].
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