The role of the BMA South West regional council (SWRC) is to work on behalf of BMA members in the south west 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 South West covers Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands.
It brings together all BMA members across all branches of practice to have a say on issues that concern them, acting as an enabling agent. Its aim is to develop and support the voice of the profession in the south west area 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 SWRC is made up of 25 members elected directly from members living and working in the south west as well as representatives nominated from various other BMA structures and is led by the executive:
- Chair - Dr Lucy-Jane Davis
- Deputy chair - Dr Adam Sage
- Deputy chair - Dr Shelagh McCormick
- Honorary secretary – Dr Robin Arnold
- Regional co-ordinator - Abigail Moore ([email protected])
The regional coordinator is a member of the executive and supports the SWRC. 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 West area
- maximise BMA South West’s influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members in the area
- support the development of BMA South West 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 West meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA South West 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 West 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 (@SouthWestBMA) 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 West, please contact the co-ordinator:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0117 945 3118
BMA Southern Centre
17 Addiscombe Road