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I was deputy chair of the UK LMC conference last month and I think it went pretty well. We tried a few new things on the agenda; the most significant from our point of view was a talk from sessional GPs subcommittee chair Zoe Norris, which went down a storm, followed by a question and answer session.
We also had the same by the devolved nation chairs, and the chair of the GPDF.
The agenda committee had received a lot of motions that fitted together to form six themes that we felt needed more consideration/discussion. We formatted them into six parallel groups and gave people the chance to go to the one they wanted to. The parallel groups came up with motions that were voted on at the end of the second day, and I think it was a good use of the time.
It’s always strange to be deputy chair or chair of conferences because you literally do not have the time to gauge how successful the conference was, and we haven’t had all the evaluations back yet so I haven’t seen them.
I really do hope it was well received – I had a good time anyway!
Watch the webcast of the conference and read the resolutions passed
Dr Mary O’Brien is the Scottish representative for sessional GPs and deputy chair of the UK LMC conference
Our first speaker Dr Chaand Nagpal was so good that he became unanimously Elected Chairman of the British Medical Association for next 5 years. O, dear; our second speaker Dr Zoe Norris spoke with quoting real experiences and an English sense of humour that she deserve to become the Chairwoman General Practitioners Committee for next term. I was delighted to see Mary O'brien chairing the Conference again. The problem with success is that it has to be repeated. Bashir Qureshi FRCGP, FRCPCH, AFOM-RCP, MICGP, Hon FFSRH-RCOG, Hon FRSPH, Hon MAPHA-USA.
* Life Member of the BMA and its ardent supporter since 1964.