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Regional Support Officer

Job Overview

About the BMA

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the trade union and professional body for doctors in the UK.  We represent, support and negotiate on behalf of all UK doctors and medical students. 

Join the BMA at a crucial time for doctors and the NHS and be part of a team working for better pay and conditions for the profession.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Regional Support Officer with Trade Union experience to join the South West region initially covering Dorset and Somerset. The successful candidate will support the work of the regional team and Head of Region in carrying out the ‘Five Pillar’s strategy with specific reference to representing members, negotiations, supporting and organising Reps, campaigning and recruitment.

The successful candidate will work closely with relevant BMA staff and BMA Reps and will have transferrable skills or knowledge which can be applied to negotiating, representing, campaigning, and organising within a membership organisation such as a trade union.

To be successful as a Regional Support Officer you’ll have:

  • Up to date and in-depth expert knowledge of industrial relations, employment law, HR policies, procedures and good practice
  • Ability to gather and evaluate information and develop strategies for dealing with complex negotiations, cases or campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships with BMA colleagues and members
  • Knowledge of NHS structures and an understanding of the key issues facing the medical profession locally
  • Organised with the ability to manage a demanding workload and manage your own diary
  • Excellent negotiating, influencing and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in dealing with varying situations

This role is home- based and the successful applicant will be required to travel across the South West (Dorset & Somerset) region in order to carry out the role.

Why work for us?

We offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays and a BMA company day
  • Double matching pension contributions up to 12% of salary
  • Additional leave entitlement for volunteering or moving house (after completion of probationary period)
  • Onsite gym and subsidised café at BMA House
  • BMA Law - discounted rates for employees requiring legal services such as will writing/conveyancing
  • Multiple flexible benefits and discounts through our employee benefits platform
  • Lots of Learning and Development/training opportunities via our internal learning hub
  • Season ticket loan (up to £10,000) after completion of probationary period

Anonymous recruitment

The BMA endeavours to be an inclusive employer, ensuring fairness and consistency to select the best candidate for roles. To support our aims, we use specific software to remove all personal identifying information from CVs and applications.  Personal information such as name, date of birth, age and gender are anonymised and will only become visible to hiring managers if you are selected for interview.

Whether the role needs you to work at home, in an office or in a hybrid way, we`ll provide all the support you need.  

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply through our website. However,  if you require any reasonable adjustments or additional support at any point during the application process, please email


Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring:

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts everybody with the right skills and experience and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

BMA is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger.

Please note, we are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK points-based immigration system, as we do not hold a sponsorship licence.


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