The role of the BMA West Midlands regional council (WMRC) is to work on behalf of BMA members across the West Midlands at a regional level and to provide a focus for BMA activity, delivering BMA policy and providing a communication link between itself and the BMA UK council.
BMA West Midlands covers Birmingham, Burton & District, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Solihull, The Black Country, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, 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 West Midlands region 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 West Midlands regional council is made up of 25 members elected directly from members living and working in the West Midlands region as well as representatives nominated from various other BMA structures and is led by the executive:
- Chair – Dr Stephen Millar
- Deputy chair – Dr Mary McCarthy
- Deputy chair – Dr Rinesh Parmar
- Honorary secretary – Dr Shabana Alam
- Regional coordinator – Melanie Sutton ([email protected])
The regional coordinator is a member of executive and supports the WMRC. 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 West Midlands region
- maximise BMA West Midland’s influence on decisions that affect the professional lives of BMA members in the area
- support the development of BMA West Midlands 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 West Midlands meetings and consider nominating yourself for the BMA West Midlands 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 West Midlands region - you can do this by logging in to the website.
- 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 West Midlands 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 @WestMidsBMA 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 West Midlands, please contact the regional coordinator:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 452 7724