North East regional council

The role of the BMA North East regional council (NERC) is to work on behalf of BMA members in the North East region and provide a focus for BMA activity at a regional level.

Location: England
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Thursday 28 January 2021
Voting card article illustration

The role of the BMA North East regional council (NERC) is to work on behalf of BMA members in the North East region 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 North East covers Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside 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 North East area and includes the work of all the BMA local divisions.

Find your division

One of the main priorities is to support members in the area to engage with each other and work together with common purpose. We hope you will feel part of the local doctor community and bodies that represent you in the region.


Our people

BMA North East regional council is made up of 25 members elected directly from members living and working in the North East as well as representatives nominated from various other BMA structures and is led by the executive:

  • Chair - Dr George Rae
  • Deputy chair - Dr Abdul Kadir Yousuf
  • Deputy chair - Dr Bill Beeby
  • Honorary secretary - Dr Andrew West
  • Regional coordinator - Adele Heeley ([email protected])


Regional coordinator

The regional coordinator is a member of the executive and supports the NERC. 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 North East area
  • maximise BMA North East’s influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members in the area
  • support the development of BMA North East and 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 North East meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA North East 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 North East.
  • Encourage your friends and colleagues to be members of the BMA and to get involved.
  • Consider attending your local BMA division or regional BoP committee (most hold at least one open meeting each year).
  • Get hold of any local consultation documents and let BMA North East 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 stakeholders.
  • Follow our regular updates on Twitter (@NorthEastBMA) and via our quarterly newsletters.
  • Get in touch with your views, comments and questions.


Get in touch

If you have any questions relating to BMA North East, please contact the coordinator:

Adele Heeley
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0113 261 8337