South Central regional council

The role of the BMA South Central regional council (SCRC) is to work on behalf of members across the old South Central SHA (Strategic Health Authority) area and provide a regional focus for BMA activity.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Thursday 28 January 2021
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The role of the BMA South Central regional council (SCRC) is to work on behalf of BMA members across the old South Central SHA (Strategic Health Authority) area at a regional level and provide a regional focus for BMA activity, delivering BMA policy and providing a communication link to the UK council.

BMA South Central brings together all BMA members across all branches of practice - in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight - to have a say on issues that concern them. Its aim is to develop and be the voice of the profession in the South Central 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.


Our people

The SCRC is made up of 23 members elected directly from members living and working in the region as well as two regionally elected representatives to the BMA's UK council and is led by the SCRC's executive:

  • Chair - Mr Ian McNab
  • Deputy chair - Dr Alex Freeman
  • Deputy chair - Dr William Hellier
  • Honorary secretary - Dr Julian Bashforth
  • Regional coordinator- Mr James Steen ([email protected])


Regional coordinator

The regional coordinator is a member of the executive and supports the SCRC. 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 South Central region
  • maximise BMA South Central's influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members within the region.
  • support the development of BMA South Central 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 South Central meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA South Central 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 South Central region.
  • 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 South Central 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 (@SouthernBMA) 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 South Central, please contact the coordinator:

James Steen
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 8655 8870