Joining the Society

Why should I join the BSH?

The British Society for Haematology (BSH) has been bringing haematology professionals together since 1960 to transform the care they provide to patients.  Using our experience, knowledge and influence, we aim to advance patient care in haematology and support you in your professional development.

If you are currently training or practising in the field of haematology, you would be joining the UK’s largest multi-disciplinary professional network for the specialty with access to many member-only benefits, including educational resources and member only research and travel grants. 

For more information on membership categories and benefits, visit our membership page.

Which category of membership is right for me?

Our full membership is typically suitable for those working at a senior level and, although we are based in the UK, we welcome applications from overseas haematology professionals as well (discounted membership is available to those living in LMIC nations).

Still studying, or in a middle-band as an Allied Health Professional?  Then the reduced membership is the right category of membership for you, allowing you to keep up with the latest developments in haematology and receive the British Journal of Haematology.

If you are a student, retiree or early-stage professional and you do not require access to the British Journal of Haematology, please see our Associate membership category. Alternatively, if you do desire access to the BJH, you can join as Full (reduced) member (dependent on your NHS Band or equivalent).

Do I need someone to support my application for membership?


No - as of 2019 Membership applications do not require the support of a proposer.

If you are applying for the Reduced or Associate membership, then you may need to supply confirmation of your eligibility. Please see our Membership page for further details.

How can I submit an application for membership?

Once you have decided on the category of membership you wish to apply for, go to our membership application page.

Complete the application form, remembering to check all mandatory fields have been completed, and press ‘submit’. You should then receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, or if you have further questions regarding your application, please feel free to contact our Membership Team.

I have submitted an application for membership. When can I expect to hear the outcome of my application?

Applications are reviewed after the 15th of each month, so you should know the outcome of the application within 10 working days of the monthly deadline.

If you do not hear the outcome within three weeks of the deadline, please contact our Membership Team.

My application for membership has been approved. What happens next?

Should your application be approved, you will receive an email welcoming you to the BSH, providing you with a membership number and details on how to pay for your annual subscription. Once your payment has been received, your subscription will be activated and you will receive a confirmation email outlining how to access your membership benefits.

Payment and reduced rates

How can I pay for my subscription?

You can choose from the following payment methods:


Direct debit

Most of our members use direct debit because of its ease and simplicity. If you have a UK bank account, all you need to do is complete an instruction form using your membership number as the unique reference number.

Credit/debit card

To make a payment by credit or debit card, please use the secure payment link sent with your subscription renewal email and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you require a new payment link to be sent to you, please contact our Membership Team at [email protected] and they will be happy to help.

Bank transfer

To make a payment by bank transfer, please contact us at [email protected] and we will provide national and international bank details.


If you would like to pay by cheque, please make your cheque payable to “British Society for Haematology” and post to Membership at the address below, writing your name and postcode on the back.

When do I make my next payment?

All renewal subscriptions are due in January regardless of your join and payment date. Having one renewal date keeps our admin cost low which in turn helps us to offer the free associate membership and subsidise the cost of the membership for our trainees.

Members with a join date between January and the end of September

If you join between January and the end of September you pay the full amount for that year regardless of your join date. The subscription includes BJH for the whole of the year including the back issues and archives which is worth £233. Your subscription then renews in January. 

Members with a join date in October and November

If you join in October or November you have two options.

a) Pay the full amount for that year and receive the BJH including the back issues for that year which is worth £233. Your subscription will then renew in January when you will need to make your next payment.

b) Opt for three months of free membership without receiving the BJH and then your first payment will be in January and your access to BJH will start then.

Members with a join date in December

If you join in December you get one month of free membership and no access to BJH. You then make your first payment in January and then your access to BJH starts. 

How do I get a subscription payment receipt for tax purposes?

To receive a tax receipt, please contact our Membership Team and we will be happy to oblige. You should receive your receipt within two working days of your request.

Do you offer a reduced rate for parental leave?

We offer Members a discounted rate for one year’s subscription. This reduction is applied to your next subscription payment – if you inform us that you are going on parental leave in July 2019, then the reduction will apply to your 2020 Membership.

Please note the following limitations:

  • This reduction cannot be applied retrospectively; we ask that you inform us before or during your parental leave.
  • This reduction cannot be combined with other membership discounts, such as the BSH-EHA Joint Membership.
  • We may ask you to provide documentation verifying your leave dates.
  • This reduction is only available to those taking at least six months of parental leave.

For more information, contact our Membership Team.

Do you offer a reduced rate for retired members?

Yes, for longstanding members who have fully retired from paid employment, we offer Associate membership.

Associate membership is free from any subscription fees and Senior Members receive all of the Society mailings, except for the Journal of British Haematology. They also have access to most of the Full Membership benefits; see our Membership page for more details.

If you are a current member, you can apply for Associate Membership by contacting our Membership Team and they will be happy to help.

If you are a new member, you can apply for Associate Membership directly on our website.

Do you offer a reduced rate for financial hardship?

We are committed to supporting our members through both the good times and the bad, and so all members can apply for special consideration if they are unable to pay their membership dues.

To apply for consideration, please contact [email protected] with a brief (less than 200 words) summary of your situation and copies of any relevant supporting documentation (optional). Your documentation will be reviewed only to confirm the details of your statement and will then be permanently erased from our systems.

Your individual case will then be considered by our Chief Executive; you can expect to hear the outcome within three weeks of application.

Please note that this reduction cannot be combined with other membership discounts, such as the BSH-EHA Joint Membership.

BSH-EHA Joint Membership

How does the Joint Membership work?

We collect the funds for the Joint Membership and provide critical information to EHA about your subscription (confirmation of payment, application and termination).
Additionally, we provide EHA with the contact details for members new to EHA to facilitate the activation of the EHA Full Membership.

All benefits associated with the EHA side of the membership are managed by EHA; you can contact their membership team at [email protected].

This framework has the dual benefits of simplicity and value; you only pay one payment for two memberships, and that payment is cheaper than the price of paying two separate memberships!

Am I eligible to apply?

All Full BSH members between 37 – 64 years of age are eligible to apply for Joint Membership.  

If you are under 37, over 64 or a health care affiliated professional you may be eligible for a discounted EHA membership - please note that these discounted EHA memberships are not included with the Joint Membership.

How do I apply?

If you are already a BSH member, contact us at [email protected] for more details.

If you are not yet a BSH member, if you are eligible you will be able to indicate your interest on the first page of the membership application form

Do I need two membership numbers?

Yes - you will receive the benefits of Full Membership of each organisation, and as a result require a membership number with both organisations.

You can view your BSH Member number on your MyBSH page, and contact [email protected] for your EHA member number.

Do I have to update my details with both organisations?

Yes - as part of our commitment to minimising data-sharing we only share integral data with EHA.

You can update your details on your MyBSH and on the EHAweb.

Can I become a joint member if I have already renewed my EHA membership?

Due to the nature of EHA's systems we are unable to set up joint memberships for those that have already renewed their EHA membership for the year.

You will be able to join in the following subscription year; if you notify us of your interest, we can ensure that you are alerted when this becomes available.

Updating your details and preferences

How do I update my contact details?

To update your contact details, log in to your MyBSH and fill out the “Update your contact details” form.

Once the form has been submitted, we will update your membership records accordingly, notifying our publishers as well if you receive a print subscription to the British Journal of Haematology, and then confirm by email that the change has been implemented.

Please note that it can take a little while for the update to cascade through our distributor’s system, so you may receive a few more issues at your old address.

Can I suspend my print BJH deliveries and access it through online only?

If you do not wish to receive the print copies of the Journal, please inform our Membership Team and we will ensure that your delivery of the hardcopy Journal is paused.

Please note that it can take a little while for the change to cascade through our distributor’s system, so you may receive one or two more issues after notifying our team.

You may un-pause your print subscription at any time by notifying the Membership Team and confirming your updated delivery details.

Why can't I access my web account?

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it with our forgotten password tool.

If you still cannot access your account, it is possible that it has become locked for security purposes - after too many incorrect login attempts your account will lock to ensure the safety of your information. To unlock your account, you can either reset your password or contact our Membership Team (+44 20 7713 2095) and we will unlock your account your account for you.

Why aren't I receiving the forgotten password email?

Some mailing programs have filtering systems that block emails before they even reach your junk/spam inbox.

If you have triggered the email but it has not reached you, we recommend that you white-list our sending email ([email protected]). This tells your email client that emails from us are safe and should stop it from automatically blocking our emails in future.

If you are not sure how to white-list a contact, see these instructions for various email clients.

If you continue to experience difficulties, contact us at [email protected] and we will try to assist.

Cancelling your membership

How can I cancel my membership?

Should you decide that you no longer wish to remain a member of the BSH, please send an email confirming that you would like to cancel your membership to [email protected].

Can I get a refund when I cancel my membership?

Please note that the following do not apply to the joint BSH-EHA membership. 

For new members, we can provide a full refund to you if you cancel within seven working days of your subscription payment. 

If you wish to cancel more than seven days after your first payment, or if you are a renewing member, please see below.

If your cancellation request is made before 30 April then we can offer you a 50% refund of your subscription.

If your cancellation request is made after 30 April then we cannot offer you a refund.

Refunds will usually be returned to the account from which your payment originally came. In some instances we may require further details to ensure the funds reach you successfully.

How do I rejoin the Society?

If your membership was cancelled within the last twelve months, you only need contact us at [email protected], pay any outstanding dues and your membership will be reactivated.

If your membership was cancelled more than twelve months ago, you will need to re-apply for membership. If your application is successful, you will retain the same membership number as before. 

If you have any further queries regarding membership, you can contact us: with the form below, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 442045514515

Submit your question and our team will respond soon.