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Barriers to Career Progression for Doctors in the UK

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15 Apr 2015


The BMA E&I (equality and inclusion) unit is developing a resource exploring the barriers to career progression that doctors in the UK currently face, and are looking for volunteers to be interviewed and share their experiences.


In 2004, the BMA E&I unit published ‘Career barriers in medicine: doctors’ experiences’, which provided insight into the experiences of female, disabled, minority ethnic, IMG (international medical graduate) and LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) doctors, working in the NHS. Ten years on from the initial publication, it is a good opportunity to take stock and explore whether these barriers have changed over time. The update of this resource will broaden its scope to give a voice to more doctors, and provide today’s context.


Through personal stories, interviews and questionnaires they hope to illustrate a range of perceptions, experiences and attitudes which exist within the medical profession. They will be exploring barriers in relation to age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, transgenderism, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.


They are currently looking for doctors who would like to take part in an interview and share their experiences of working as a doctor in the NHS for this resource. The interviews can be conducted over the phone and will take between one and two hours. All respondents will remain anonymous within the resource.


To take part in an interview, or for further information, please contact Ciara Greene on 0207 383 6167 or email cgreene@bma.org.uk.

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