The role of the BMA East Midlands regional council is to work on behalf of BMA members in the East Midlands and provide a focus for BMA activity at a regional level, delivering BMA policy and providing a communication link between itself and the BMA UK council.
BMA East Midlands covers the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (but not North and North East Lincolnshire) Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland and brings together all BMA members across all branches of practice to have a say on issues that concern them. Its aim is to develop and be the voice of the profession in the East Midlands region and includes the work of all the BMA local divisions.
One of the main priorities is to support members in the area to engage with each other and work together with common purpose.
BMA East Midlands regional council is made up of 25 members elected directly from members living and working in the East Midlands as well as representatives nominated from various other BMA structures and is led by the executive:
- Chair – Dr Rebecca Acres
- Deputy chair – Dr Irfan Sabih
- Deputy chair – Dr Kalindi K Tumurugoti
- Honorary secretary – Dr Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman Miah
- Regional coordinator – Jim Stringer ([email protected])
The regional coordinator is a member of the executive and supports the BMA East Midlands regional council. The regional coordinator’s role is to:
- develop links with the NHS structures, LMCs (local medical committees), MPs, local authorities and other health bodies and relevant stakeholders across the BMA East Midlands area
- maximise BMA East Midlands’ influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members in the region
- support the development of BMA East Midlands, the regional council and facilitate cross branch of practice debate
- strengthen liaison between the BMA divisions, regional branch of practice committees, members and staff across the region and the central departments within the BMA.
What you can do to get involved
Here are some ideas and suggestions that you might consider. If you wish to discuss your involvement further, please contact the regional coordinator (see below for contact details).
- Attend BMA East Midlands meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA East Midlands regional council.
- Ensure your email details are up to date on the website so you receive the focused electronic newsletters that will update you on issues affecting doctors in the East Midlands.
- Encourage your friends and colleagues to be members of the BMA and to get involved.
- Consider attending your local BMA division or regional branch of practice committee (most hold at least one open meeting each year).
- Get hold of any local consultation documents and let BMA East Midlands have copies. Ensure you copy the BMA into any responses you send. Link into your local community and ensure the BMA is aware of the issues affecting your area.
- Help local campaigns - by contacting local media, writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, contacting your MP, local councillors and other local stakeholder.
- Follow our regular updates on Twitter (@BMAEastMidlands).
- Get in touch with your views, comments and questions.