England general practitioners committee

GPC England is the representative body for GPs in England. Find out more about our meetings, members and priorities.

Location: England
Audience: GPs
Updated: Monday 1 July 2024
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Our priorities

Accelerated access to records

Read our guidance on how practices can provide prospective access to their patients’ GP-held medical records safely, where all our resources are available.

 

Confirmation of increased 2023/24 global sum staffing expenses funding uplift from October/November 2023

Read more: BMA GP committee England has accepted an offer from NHSE.

 

England GP contract changes 2023/24 agreement

The new changes to the GP contract 2023/24, the final year of the five-year 2019-24 GMS contract framework, have been imposed without the agreement of the profession. This is the second successive year Government ministers have chosen to do this despite reasoned, evidence-based arguments being made for the need for support, rather than further micromanagement, of GP practices. GPCE subsequently embarked on profession-wide engagement to consider potential next steps. Read more about the changes and the committee’s engagement plans.

 

Safe working guidance

General practice is in under increasing pressure, and we have updated our safe working guide to enable practices to prioritise safe patient care within the present bounds of the GMS contract. The guidance includes some video resources about the safest ways practices can continue to deliver patient care, including one on redirecting patients to the safest part of the NHS system.

 

Controlling workload in general practice

Our 2018 workload control strategy, to enable practices to improve quality and safety, publicise reasonable safe workload limits and provide practices with practical tools to control workload, remains as relevant today as it did when it was first published.

GPC England policy and guidance is set out by the GPC UK policy groups below and the LMC England conference.

 

PCN DES opt out

Practices that have signed up to the Primary Care Network Directed Enhanced Service (PCN DES) may decide that the DES is not working for them and subsequently choose to opt-out. This guidance sets out the process for opting out, as well as key considerations that practices should take into account.

 

NHS Property Services

The BMA supported five GP practices in court proceedings against NHSPS to get clarification of the basis on which NHSPS calculates service charges. The case and subsequent settlements resulted in significant reductions in the amount of debt NHSPS sought to reclaim from the practices involved. We have published an update on the outcome of the case, as well as guidance for affected NHSPS practices.

 

GPC England policy and guidance

GPC England policy and guidance is set out by the GPC UK policy groups below and the LMC England conference.

 

Our people

GPC England is represented by the chair, three deputy chairs, and the committee policy leads.

Chair: Katie Bramall-Stainer

Deputy chairs:

Samira Anane
Julius Parker
David Wrigley

Members

Non-voting members: ex-officio
President, Sir Ian Gilmore
Chair of the representative body, Latifa Patel
Chair of council, Philp Banfield
Deputy chair of council, Emma Runswick
Treasurer, Trevor Pickersgill
Chair of GPC Scotland, Andrew Buist
Chair of GPC Wales, Gareth Oelmann
Chair of GPC Northern Ireland, Alan Stout


Voting members: ex-officio 
Chair of the UK LMC conference, Matt Mayer
Deputy chair of the UK LMC conference, Alastair Taylor
Chair of the England conference of LMCs, Elliott Singer
Deputy chair of the England conference of LMCs, Clare Sieber

Elected by the annual representative meeting 2023 (from an English constituency) 

Samuel Parker
David Wrigley
Anwar Tufail
Surendra Kumar
Lucy-Jane Davis
Paul Ekhorutomwen
Danielle McSeveney

Elected by the UK LMC conference 2023
Manu Agrawal
Rachel Ali
Catherine Chapman
Mark Coley
Andrew Cowie
Lisa Harrod-Rothwell
Zishan Syed

Voting nominees of other bodies 

GP registrars committee (two representatives) 
Malinga Ratwatte
Elliott Philips


Sessional GPs committee (four representatives) 

Samar Bhutoria
Mark Steggles
Venothan Suri
Paula Wright

Medical Women’s Federation     
Caroline Delves

Medical Practitioners' Union (two representatives) 
Jackie Applebee 
Deborah Colvin     

British International Doctors Association    
Rakesh Sharma 

Under-represented groups (voting members) 

Prison doctors     
Wayne Sturley     

GP within first five years post CCT     
William Dougal

Members (continued)

 

Naheed Tahir

Forest/City and E London - Dipti Chacko-Bakshi

Members (continued)

Leicestershire and Rutland/Northamptonshire - Jonathan Cox

Sandwell/Walsall/Wolverhampton/Dudley – Uzma Ahmad

Policy groups

GPC England's policy groups focus on specific workstreams, and deliver work on behalf of GPC England. 

You can find the list of policy groups below.
  • Contractual and Regulatory issues. 
  • IT, Digital & Data. 
  • Education Training and Workforce. 
  • Clinical & Interface: Primary and Secondary. 
  • Premises, Finance & Pensions. 
  • Prescribing and Dispensing. 
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Our meetings

GPC England meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues facing general practice. These meetings are open to GPC members, but the committee also welcomes observers from local medical committees (LMCs). LMCs interested in sending an observer to a GPC meeting should contact the GPC office to arrange a suitable date.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 16 May 2024

New session 2024-25:

  • Thursday 18 July 2024
  • Thursday 26 September 2024
  • Thursday 14 November 2024
  • Thursday 16 January 2025
  • Thursday 20 March 2025
  • Thursday 22 May 2025

All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

How to join GPC England

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of GPC England, all elected members of GPC UK based in England automatically get a seat on GPC England.

Please check the election section of GPC UK for details about any running elections. 

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the GPC England, email [email protected].

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