The Hampshire & IOW Local Medical Committee

The Committee of the Hampshire and IoW LMC meets 6 times a year, and consists of 30 members elected from 8 constituencies, covering the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which makes it the largest LMC in the country. In addition, the Committee is permitted to co-opt up to 5 GPs who are under-represented on the committee, or have particular expertise that would be of use to the committee, with two of these seats being reserved for GPs in the first five years post qualification.

Elections are held every two years under the terms of the LMC constitution, and all GPs are eligible for nomination and election. Sessional GPs i.e. those who are not Partners, may choose to stand in their geographical area, or for sessional seats.

Chair

Dr Will Denby MBBS MBs (Hons) MRCGP (2016)

Will qualified from Imperial College London in 2007 and served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy until 2012. He saw active service in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, a highlight being Medical Officer in HMS LIVERPOOL supporting HMS ARK ROYAL on her last carrier deployment.

Since leaving the Royal Navy and qualifying as a GP in 2016 he has worked as a doctor in Perth, Western Australia and took up a GP Partnership at Emsworth Medical Practice in 2018 – where he remains. Emsworth is a 14000 list practice in a small town with a reasonable rural patient population. It is part of a PCN that just creeps over the 30,000 size and covers Hayling Island and Emsworth.

Will enjoys sailing, boating, fishing and tennis – his wife can already beat him easily at the latter and his 2 boys aren’t far behind!

Vice Chairs

Dr Chris Castle (Chair of Wessex LMCs Board)

Although born in Hampshire Chris completed his medical studies in Leicester, qualifying in 2010. He swiftly moved back south and after completing his GPVTS joined Westlands Medical Centre in Fareham, his training practice, as a partner. Sharing a vision of professional sustainability through innovation and leadership Chris has been involved in the setting up of the Nextgeneration GP Programme in Wessex. Chris is also a locality lead for primary care research and has set up a support network for local surgeries delivered through a research nurse.

Prior to medicine Chris worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as a physiotherapist and has since been passionate about using his unique insight to improve the MSK pathway. This has involved developing a self-management app (GPEP) and teaching on the Portsmouth & IOW VTS.

He balances this with his home life which includes two young children and a healthy dose of running/cycling.

Chris has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the discussions that becoming a committee member has required. It is therefore a huge privilege to be elected as Vice Chair.

Dr Alex Ward

Alex graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 and continued his foundation years in Newport. He then completed his GP training in the local Winchester area before coming back to work in his home town of Chandlers Ford in 2018.

Alex has been the Clinical Director for Chandlers Ford Primary Care Network since 2019 and continues to enjoy trying to improve care for the local population through his clinical and non-clinical roles.

He is also the GP lead for a dementia specialist care home and has a special interest in elderly care, dementia and palliative medicine. Outside of work he spends a lot of time with his young family and doing his best to avoid bunkers on the golf course.

Dr Camilla Janssen

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