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Senior Policy Advisor

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

Ensuring the BMA leads the debate on a wide range of medical education and training issues is an important function of the directorate.

As a Senior Policy Advisor in the regulation, education and training team you will provide expert policy advice and guidance on education and training matters (predominantly focusing on postgraduate training) to a variety of audiences. This will include senior staff, committees, chief officers and members. You will analyse and develop policy proposals, produce briefings, guidance and other support materials and represent the BMA at external meetings, conferences and other events. You will also provide policy support to BMA committees on education and training matters.

To be successful as a Senior Policy Advisor you'll ideally have:

  • Experience of open policy development in a health or health-related context.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to present policy reports to a variety of audiences
  • Sound judgement and be adept at influencing senior figures and managing relationships.
  • Ability to form and establish relationships with stakeholders across the association
  • Experience of working with committees and knowledge of medical education and training in healthcare would be desirable.

If you would like to help the BMA play its part in shaping the future of healthcare, then this is the role for you.

We anticipate that interviews will take place virtually via MS teams.


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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