Regional council elections

Nominations to the 2022 regional council elections closed on Monday 15 August. Voting is open until 12 September 2022. Find out who is standing in your region and vote for your preferred candidate.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Wednesday 17 August 2022
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Your regional council reps will help shape and take forward BMA policy in your region

With all that is happening across the NHS at the moment, these elections are the perfect opportunity to ensure you have your say in BMA policy-making activities at a regional level.

Elected members of your regional council, you will play an active role in representing your branch of practice, locality and region. They will be involved in influencing and taking forward BMA policy on the priorities for the next three years from 2022-2025 across your region: 

  • doctors pay and pensions
  • NHS privatisation and the future of healthcare
  • addressing the workforce crisis
  • learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regional council is the only pan-branch of practice committee in a region, with the responsibility to support and enable regional branch of practice committees, and to coordinate political activity and campaigns across the area.

Read more about the benefits of becoming an active member

Regional council composition and eligibility criteria

The regional councils have a three-year term ending in summer 2025 and have 23 seats for direct election. Members elected will be joined by members of the BMA UK Council who from your region as well as chairs of regional branch of practice committees and other local representatives. The election process includes rules and constraints to ensure a fair distribution of members.

Voting members are elected according to the following categories:

  • branch of practice 
  • gender
  • locality within the region.

All members are bound by the BMA code of conduct.

There are ten English regions:

  • East of England
  • East Midlands
  • London
  • North East
  • North West
  • South Central
  • South East coast
  • South West
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire

Each region has 23 directly elected seats.

 

Who can vote

All doctors and medical students who are current and life members (with fees paid up to date). 

 

How to vote

Voting is by single transferable vote and is online.

The voting period will be from 12.00 noon on 16 August to 12.00 noon on 12 September 2022.

Closing of voting

Voting closes at 12.00 noon on 12 September 2022

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

 

How your vote will be counted

This election is being conducted using the single transferable vote.

 

Results

Results will be published on the website the week commencing 13 September 2022.

Successful candidates

The newly elected members will serve a three-year term for the sessions 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25.

Regional Council meetings will normally be held at least four times per year and dates will be provided to successful candidates. At least half the meetings will be virtual.