The LMC UK conference is where representatives from across the UK meet to vote on a range of topics to direct the policy of the GPC for the coming year.
This year I spoke to the conference about the results of a recent joint survey we did with the GP trainee subcommittee, looking at problems and successes with getting salaried and locum GPs involved. One of the things this highlighted was that a lot of LMCs had tried to tell their local sessional GPs about why it was good to be involved, but were still struggling to get representatives on their committees.
We will be doing some more work this year to try and help sessional GPs know more about their LMCs, and encourage them to get involved. Some of the benefits to sessional GPs being part of the LMC include:
Increasingly, sessional GPs have a really broad range of skills, and in many areas, are leading LMCs.
Our current advice on LMCs and sessional GPs working together can be found here.
If you have experiences or ideas about how we can make sure sessional colleagues understand the role of their LMC, then please get in touch.
Zoe Norris is chair of the sessional GPs subcommittee
For locum gps the Lmc membership fee is just another outgoing to pay and for our lmc it is £60. I am a bma member and not sure what extra the lmc can do that the bma cannot?
my lmc - dyfed-powys - has been ignoring me since i took early semi retirement in 2006. i have been in touch with them several times, but to no avail. a pity really, because after 40 years as a gp i could probably contribute something ! still - i save a few bob on the levy........... dr david jenkins, ferryside, gmc no 2317878
I am a locum and on my LMC sessional doctor subcommittee which we started up after it had stopped functionning. I find the meetings informative and it is great to meet colleagues and feel supported. Locums are often quite isolated. I also got confidential advice and support while at a bad practice which helped me through a decision to resign early from a long term locum I was doing.
Locums and sessional doctors are often a hidden workforce and I think we need to step forward and make sure our issues are represented and heard.
I have been involved with the LMC as both partner and freelance GP. The vast majority, probably >95% of what my local LMC does relates to contractual issues between practices and the CCG/NHSE. While it could be argued that it is useful for sessional GPs to know about such things, we don't need to know the fine detail and there are other ways of finding this information for those who are interested.
On the mediation issue, LMCs have the same problem of conflict of interest as the sessional subcommittee: the majority of members of the LMC/GPC are principals and thus rightly or wrongly would not be trusted to be truly independent when dealing with a dispute between a principal and a sessional GP.
Many sessional GPs are sessional GPs because they don't want to be involved in the NHS any more than is absolutely necessary. Becoming more involved in leadership of NHS bodies is not an attraction.
Locally (Shropshire) sessional GPs get networking, peer support, mentoring, and CPD from the local sessional GP group which is independent of all other bodies, and run by sessional GPs for sessional GPs.
The Everest argument - because it is there - does not apply: the LMC like the RCGP and BMA must justify their membership fee by what they provide. Currently it is hard to see what LMC membership offers that is of value to sessional GPs.
Peter Taylor. Freelance GP. Shropshire/Powys.
LMC needs Sessional GP input? I agree there can be many advantages to the involvement of sessional GPs but this is mixing constituencies with different interests. Both Out of hours salaried or sessional GPs and daytime sessional GPs have different issues from the principals who generally run LMCs -we have had sessional chairs but the agenda is dominated by the practice and contractual issues. When working for 10yrs as OOH salaried GP there was no interest in the fact that we did not have any Terms and conditions for 10yrs. Neither LMC or NGC or frankly the BMA were interested in doing anything about it. A minority issue and subject to the usual rules of discrimination.
I am a locum and on my LMC sessional specialist subcommittee which we began up after it had quit functioning. I discover the gatherings instructive and it is awesome to meet partners and feel upheld. Locums are frequently very secluded and along these lines properly or wrongly would not be trusted to be genuinely free when managing a debate between an important and a sessional GP. Essay Writing Services