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Priorities of the Medical Academic Staff Committee (MASC)

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  • Pay and contracts for clinical academic trainees, including the application of the NHS Junior Doctors Contract 2016 to academic medicine.
  • Pay and contracts for consultants and senior academic GPs, monitoring the impact of a possible new consultant contract in the NHS on academic medicine.
  • Monitoring and responding to Britain's exit from the European Union and the impact this will have on medical education and research opportunities
  • Providing the views of medical academics to Government on the Research Excellence Framework 2015, the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework and the Higher Education and Research Bill.
  • Ensuring that job planning, appraisal and revalidation are fit for purpose for academic doctors, are done jointly by both employers and reflect the full range of an academic's activities.
  • MASC believes that it is crucial that clinical academics are fairly assessed that they are appraised for all the work that they do and that work is appraised jointly not separately by the employers. MASC has issued guidance to assist in that process.
  • It is also working with the university employers and the Department of Health on a model electronic appraisal from for use in the joint appraisal process and will work on revised guidance with the university employers. This appraisal form will feed into the GMC's revalidation process and help ensure that appropriate parts of your education and research work are taken into account.


Brexit and the impact on medical research and education

Read our considerations for MPs to make when voting on Brexit and its effect on the UK's universities.

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Clarifying your position

Clinical governance issues for trainees, including concerns about workload planning, supervision, how best to report concerns and whistleblowing have recently been highlighted. These issues can be compounded for university-employed academic trainees who are not always formally covered by the protections.

Read our advice


Mid-career entry to academic medicine

Over the last 15 years the number of medical academics has fallen and the academic/student ratio has worsened. This number is only going to get worse as a significant proportion of medical academics are towards the end of their careers.

This is of concern because of the extent to which medical academics contribute to the education of future generations of doctors and to the advancement of medicine. 

To meet these requirements, MASC believes doctors need more flexibility mid-career to move between clinical pathways and academia, whether that be towards the end of specialty training or early consultant years. 

Read our analysis and recommendations on mid-career entry to academic medicine


Clinical academic staffing

Each year the Medical Schools Council produces a report on their survey of clinical academic staffing levels at Medical Schools. The 2017 report highlighted a further fall in the number of clinical academics. The BMA responded to this worrying development, highlighting the urgent need for the UK to invest in its medical academic workforce.

Read the press release


Women in Academic Medicine (WAM)

MASC has a long-running project, Women in Academic Medicine (WAM), to examine and address the gender imbalance in academic medicine. Learn about WAM and the WAM conference.


Clinical academic trainees

The Joint Academic Trainees Subcommittee (JATS) represents the interests of academic trainees, both in taking forward issues and ensuring that academic training is considered by the MASC and the Junior Doctors Committee (JDC). Learn more about JATS.

Read about new pay arrangements for academic trainees


Pharmaceutical physicians

MASC is responsible for the representation of pharmaceutical physicians within and by the BMA since 2011. We have revised our guidance, The Pharmaceutical Physician (PDF), with the help of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians.


Academics employed by the Medical Research Council (MRC)

A number of medical academics are employed by or contracted to the Medical Research Council.

The BMA is one of a group of trades unions that negotiates with the Council on terms and conditions of service and are involved in the discussions around the transfer of the research councils to UK Research and Innovation. There is also a representative of medical academics working with the MRC on the Medical Academic Staff Committee.

A letter from the joint trades unions in January 2018 to staff transferring from employment by one of the research councils (including the Medical Research Council) to employment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has been written.

Read the agreed joint communication letter