What can the LMC do for Locum / Sessional GPs
As the only statutory, representative body of all local GPs, LMCs throughout the UK play a vital role in supporting and promoting general practice.
- LMCs influence the policy of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, through the annual conference of LMCs, and through direct liaison with regional GPC representatives.
- Elected members of the LMC liaise directly with commissioners on the need for proper funding for primary care.
- LMCs provide a professional advisory and supportive role to individual GPs. They can work to mediate and resolve disputes between GPs and the PCT and between GPs themselves for example, partnership disputes, or disputes between Sessional GPs and their GP employers.
The specific help that Wessex LMCs can provide to Sessional GPs includes:
- Help to mediate and ensure fair play between employers and Salaried GPs, and between employers and freelance GPs.
- Help to ensure that salaried GPs’ contracts comply with statutory entitlements, and particularly that the model salaried GP contract is offered to GPs who are entitled to it.
- Offer advice/support on process when applying for entry to the performers list.
- Provide a supportive/pastoral role if a GP has difficulties with their PCT or GP employer.
- Liaise with commissioners to ensure proper funding and support is available for locum / freelance GP appraisal.
- Provide information at time of bi-annual LMC elections to encourage sessional GPs to stand for election to represent their peer group.
- Provide regular email updates on current issues relevant to modern general practice. We also have a great resource in our website:
- Provide support for education and career development opportunities (e.g. ensure that Area Team, Health Education Boards and GP tutors are aware of Sessional GPs’ educational needs and that any funding for career development opportunities is not dependent on contractual status.
- Provide support for local Sessional GP groups. This may involve helping to set up a group if one does not exist, providing support for existing groups, creating a page for the group on the LMC website, and coverage in the LMC Bulletin.
- Help Sessional GPs, particularly those new to the area, to network with other Sessional GPs.
Clearly the role of the LMC is wide and by becoming involved in the LMC your voice can be heard both locally and nationally. Therefore you can play a real role in shaping policy. Additionally, LMC members who contribute to the national levy are eligible to stand for, and vote in, regional GPC elections.
Joining the LMC is the best way for GPs to ensure that they are represented locally and I strongly recommend that all GPs, especially Sessional GPs, make sure that they join their LMC. LMCs are membership organisations and their strength lies in their ability to represent all of the profession. Under-representation of Sessional GPs could seriously risk undermining the strength and effectiveness of Wessex LMCs, as well as leaving a large group of GPs without effective local representation.
How do I join my LMC?
Wessex LMCs now offer a new online membership for locums at a reduced cost of £50 per year, which is usually tax deductible.For the first year of GP qualification this is free.
To renew, please click on the following link and log in: https://www.fourteenfish.com/account/logon
If you have not yet registered with a login please click here to create your account: https://www.fourteenfish.com/account/register
One you have logged in and clicked on the ‘My profile’ button in the top right hand corner you will see an option at the bottom of the page under the heading 'Account Linking' to ‘Pay membership’. Once you click on this you will be able to pay for your annual membership.
If you have not yet linked your account to Wessex LMCs, click on the 'Link to an Organisation' button and select Wessex LMCs from the drop down options. You will then be able to pay for your membership.
- Advice when you need it - Ask us when you don’t know who to ask
- Local problems needing local pick up
- Advice about contracts, pensions and difficult situations
- Useful email updates
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