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The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) is currently taking place in Bournemouth – Sunday, 25 June to Thursday, 29 June 2017.

We have put together a booklet highlighting the key titles we hold in our printed books collection on the following topics:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Careers and FY and Junior Doctors

Printed copies of this booklet are available in both the ‘Talking Points’ and the ‘Development’ zones of the ARM.

If you are not able to attend the ARM in Bournemouth to pick up a copy of this booklet, a PDF version of it is accessible online:
BMA – ARM 2017 Talking Points : BMA Library Book Selection

All of the titles listed in this booklet can be requested using our Postal Loans Service:

Please get in touch with us if you have any queries about the titles in the booklet: bma-library@bma.org.uk


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Assessment of Mental Capacity (4th Edition)Today, Thursday 29th October, sees the publication of the latest edition of the Assessment of Mental Capacity. Jointly published by the British Medical Association and the Law Society this book aims to support doctors and lawyers by giving them:

  • a fuller understanding of the law in all situations where an assessment of capacity may be needed
  • clarification of the roles of both professions
  • an aid to communication both between them and with the person being assessed

The book costs £49.95, but BMA members are entitled to a 20% discount. They just need to enter the discount code DLMC/G when purchasing the book from the Law Society’s online bookshop – www.lawsociety.org.uk/bookshop

We, the BMA Library, have three loan copies available for BMA members to borrow via our Postal Loans Service.

For further details on the book, as well as the opportunity to participate in an online discussion about it, please visit:


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If you are an FY1 or an FY2 doctor, and a member of the British Medical Association, there are a wealth of services available to you from the BMA Library.

First off, you can make use of our great Postal Loans Service completely free of charge. With this service you can borrow up to 15 hard copy books from us at a time, as well as 15 DVDs, with both the cost of posting them to you, and their return, covered by us. (Each book/DVD includes a free A5 size return address label that enables you to post it back to us free of charge.) For full details of how our postal loans service works please see: http://bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/bma-library/postal-loans

Secondly, there is our E-Journals Collection of over 300 titles, accessible 24/7 no matter where you are located in the UK. The collection includes several key titles, including The Lancet, JAMA, and Medical Teacher. To view the full list of all of the e-journals available, and get direct access to each, simply visit: http://bma.org.uk/ejournals

Third up, there is our E-Books Collection of more than 1,300 titles, which are also accessible 24/7 no matter where you are located in the UK. Every BMA member has access to all of these titles, but you will probably be mainly interested in accessing those on our List of E-Books for Junior Doctors.

For full details of all of the services that we offer please check out our home page: http://bma.org.uk/library

If you have any queries about any of our services please email: bma-library@bma.org.uk or phone us on 020 7383 6625 (during office hours; Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm).

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Although we are based in central London, we aim to provide for the information needs of all BMA members throughout the whole of the UK. In order to achieve this aim we operate a postal loans service where any member can request a book from our collection and we will cover the cost of posting it out to them wherever they are located.

How to request books from us
Books can be requested from us by any of the following methods:

  • Via our online catalogue – www.bma.org.uk/catalogue (click on the ‘Sign-in’ button and log in with your BMA website username and password before searching for the items you want and clicking on the ‘Request’ buttons beside each of them)
  • By telephone – 020 7383 6625
  • By email – bma-library@bma.org.uk

The address that books will be sent to
Unless you specify otherwise, we post out the books that you request to the default contact address that the BMA has for you. (This will be the address where your copy of the BMJ/Student BMJ is sent to.) If you would like your books sent to a different address please provide this when you make your request. We are able to register an ongoing alternative delivery address for your loan requests (e.g. a term-time address for student members or a work address for qualified members). Please include a ‘use until date’ when you provide us with an alternative address so that we will know exactly how long to keep using it for.

How books get sent to you
If the books that you request from us weigh less than 1.5Kg we will send them to you by Royal Mail 1st Class Post. If the items are over this weight we will send them to you using the BMA’s courier service, provided by CYC. Please allow 3 working days for delivery of any items that are being sent to you by courier.

How to return books to us
Included with each book that we send out is a return address label. For student members of the BMA this is a reply paid label so the cost of posting items back to us is free. Qualified members of the BMA get a standard return address label and need to pay the return postage costs themselves. We recommend to all of our members that they obtain a ‘Proof of Postage’ certificate when sending any books back to us. These can be obtained, at no cost, from any Post Office.

If you have any queries about our postal loans service please get in touch with us by phone (020 7383 6625) or by email (bma-library@bma.org.uk).

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