Supporting our members individually and collectively

Employment relations, collective bargaining, industrial relations, diversity and equity, and collaborating with the trade union movement.


By 2034 BDA members will have…

Between now and 2027 the BDA will deliver…


A network of trained and competent trade union, health and safety, union learning and equality representatives across all relevant employers.

A trade union representative in at least 80% of relevant employers across the UK with a clear process for ensuring vacancies subject to speedy elections.

A network of equality representatives to cover each of the four nations of the UK.


Opportunities to participate in trade union organising and campaigns.

Communication systems operating at UK, national and local level to ensure wide member engagement in BDA and wider union movement campaigns with effective calls to action.


Non-clinical and learning and development time protected in NHS contracts.

Progress on engagement with the NHS Social Partnership Forum and Staff Council participation in the implementation of the NHSE Long-Term Workforce Strategy and inclusion in annual pay submissions in each of the nations.


Recognition agreements with employers outside of the NHS.

Identification of the most significant and influential employers in industry and the not-for-profit sector will have recognition agreement applications in progress.


Full engagement with collective bargaining structures in all four nations of the UK.

Improved engagement in Northern Ireland and strengthened influence in each of the nations of the UK.


Meaningful participation in national and regional social partnership forums.

A secured seat on the NHS Social Partnership Forum (SPF) national executive and workforce issues group. Regional SPFs will be prioritised according to capacity and influence.