South East Coast regional council

The role of the BMA South East Coast regional council (SECRC) is to work on behalf of BMA members across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, to 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 East Coast regional council (SECRC) is to work on behalf of BMA members across Kent, Surrey and Sussex at a regional level and provide a regional focus for BMA activity, delivering BMA policy and providing a communication link to the BMA UK council.

BMA South East Coast brings together all BMA members across all branches of practice in the region to have a say on issues that concern them. Its aim is to develop and be the voice of the profession in the South East Coast 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 SECRC is made up of 25 members elected directly from members living and working in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, as well as representatives nominated from various other BMA structures and is led by the executive:

  • Chair - Dr Christine Clayton
  • Deputy chair - Dr Hugh Nicholson
  • Deputy chair - Dr Andrew Sikorski
  • Regional coordinator - Mr Hugh Townsend ([email protected])


Regional coordinator

The regional coordinator is a member of the executive and supports the SECRC. 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 East Coast area
  • maximise BMA South East Coast’s influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members in the area
  • support the development of BMA South East Coast 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 East Coast meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA South East Coast 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 area.
  • 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 East Coast 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 East Coast, please contact the coordinator:

Hugh Townsend
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 8655 8804
Mobile: 07768 577 948