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We welcome applications for membership from all who work in respiratory healthcare in all settings in medicine and other professions who share our ambition to improve standards of care for people with respiratory diseases and to support those who provide that care.

Member benefits include:

  • Access to our highly regarded journal, Thorax (some categories of membership only)
  • Excellent delegate discounts to our short courses and annual Summer and Winter Meetings
  • Free access to BTS e-Learning modules
  • UK based BTS members receive a heavily discounted membership rate for the European Respiratory Society, and full access to ERS member benefits
  • The opportunity to become involved in our work via an annual call for volunteers to stand for election for one of our Committees, Specialist Advisory Groups or Guideline Groups
  • Discounted author submission fee for papers accepted by BMJ Open Respiratory Research

Members pay a 12 month subscription which is renewable on the anniversary of the joining date. 

The category for International members in countries outside of the UK and listed on the WHO Hinari Initiative (Group A) as low income, is under review and we regret that we are unable to process any new applications for this category at present.

Membership of the Society is not open to persons who are or have been full, or part-time, employees of, or paid consultants to, the tobacco industry at any time during the previous 10 years.


We are in the process of changing the membership scheme.  We regret that for operational reasons we cannot accept any new applications for membership until late June 2019.

Membership categories and eligibility criteria for new members - valid from end of June 2019

Member Category Standard Rate
Credit/Debit card
Discounted Rate 
Direct Debit

Category A

(includes Thorax)

£270 £250
  • Consultant physicians, locum consultants, SAS doctors, specialty doctors
  • Integrated care doctors, GPs
  • Retired medical consultants doing sessional work/still registered to practice with GMC
  • Retired medical consultants who wish to receive the Journal
  • Industry professionals, managers
  • International members

Category B

(includes Thorax)

£170 £150
  • Specialty trainees
  • Specialty trainees on OOPE, OOPR or other leave
  • Nurses and other health care professionals who wish to take the Journal
  • Lecturers and clinical fellows (not consultants or who have completed their CCT)

Categories B and C are open to non-medical consultants (e.g. nurse consultants, or clinical scientists).

Category C

(does not include Thorax)

£70 £50
  • Core medical trainees (CMT), and foundation year 1 and 2 doctors
  • Nurses and other health care professionals including members of BALR and clinical scientists who do not wish to take the journal
  • Medical students studying to become qualified doctors

Please note, doctors and trainee doctors must take the Journal and so do not qualify for Category C

Category D

(does not include Thorax)

Free Free
  • Any member who has fully retired from clinical practice and has held membership in another category for a minimum of 1 year immediately preceding the request for retired membership


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