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: Friday 26 November 2021
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Applications open for GPC England executive team

The call for applications for the three GPCE executive team posts from interested candidates is now open.

We are inviting applications from all GPCE members and LMCs (local medical committees).

Submission

To apply, candidates are asked to submit their:

  • CV (maximum two pages)

  • Declaration of interests

    - Read the conflicts of interests policy

    - Download the declaration of interests form to complete as part of your application

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that includes:

    - relevant skills/experiences

    - current priorities/challenges facing general practice

    - suggestions for positive change in terms of the effectiveness and functioning of GPCE / GPC UK

    - a submission (1,500 words maximum) on your suggested GPCE approach to the recently launched Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry into the future of general practice.

Please submit all applications to [email protected] by 2pm latest on Friday 3 December 2021.

Time commitment

The current whole-time time commitment for GPCE executive team members is 2.5 days per week. This time commitment will depend on your personal circumstances and working preferences.

A remuneration package will be agreed commensurate with working hours. The arrangements will be covered by a contractor agreement between the contractor (executive member) and the BMA.

Application and appointment timeline

  • Call for applications – opened Tuesday 23 November.
  • Deadline for applications – Friday 3 December 2021 at 2pm (applications will not be accepted after this time).
  • Emails to shortlisted candidates – sent on Monday 6 December 2021.
  • Candidate interviews – Tuesday 7 December to Thursday 9 December 2021.
  • Successful candidates informed – Friday 10 December 2021 (at latest).
  • Week of Monday 13 December 2021 – induction, training and handover with outgoing GPCE executive team.

Should prospective applicants have any queries about the application process or the executive team role at all, please contact the GPCE secretariat via [email protected] and a member of the secretariat team will get back to you as swiftly as possible.

GPCE standing orders

The BMA’s organisation committee have confirmed that all individuals engaged in BMA business must be BMA members (bye-law 90(1). The GPCE standing orders for the GPCE executive team are:

Appointment of an executive team

11.1 Three executive team members shall be appointed, each for a term of three years or until a new committee chair is elected or re-elected (whichever is sooner), and shall be eligible for re-appointment on the same basis thereafter.

11.2 When vacancies arise for executive team members, applications shall be invited from interested candidates, with details of the process for application and selection and a closing date to be included as part of the invitation.

11.3 The invitation for applications for executive team members will be circulated to GPC England members and to LMCs in England.

11.4 The GPC England chair, working with a senior member of BMA staff and other appropriate expert advice, will decide on: (i) a fair process for selection and (ii) use that process to select the successful candidates as executive team members.

11.5 At appointment, no more than one of the successful candidates for executive team members may not be a GPC England member or a GP; remaining successful candidates must be members of GPC England.

11.6 At his/her discretion, the chair may invite other GPC members or LMC members with a particular expertise to work with the executive team on one or more designated issues for a specified period of time.

Appointment of deputy chair

12.1 The deputy chair shall be appointed from among the appointed executive team members who are voting members of GPC England, at the absolute discretion of the chair.

Our priorities

GP indicative ballot

GPC England, responding to the concerns of GPs, is calling on NHSEI and Government to set aside their ill-advised and divisive plan and instead, work with the BMA to meet the immediate needs of GPs, as we enter a tough winter period and to support us in the longer term. We want to see action, as set out in our Support Your Surgery campaign.

GPC England has now called for a new contract to address the problems we face. It's action such as this that will help GP practices in England to meet the growing needs of people in our communities, providing the care we and our families need.

GPC England is holding this indicative ballot to ask practices whether they would be prepared to take any or all five specific actions set out on the form below, to call on NHSEI and Government to re-think their current plan and instead to offer meaningful support to practices and engage with the GPC.

Read our guide on how to respond to this ballot

The ballot has now closed. 

 

Support your surgery

GPC England launched the Support your surgery campaign to support practices in dealing with the pressures in general practice and the unfair criticism in the news and across social media.

This is due to the necessary restrictions that COVID-19 has brought about. The campaign has resources and tools available for practices to download, and there is also a petition to get the support from patient.

 

England GP contract agreement

The GP contract changes in England for 2021/22 have now been agreed. There are minimal changes, including delays to previously agreed elements, to provide stability during the pandemic.

England GP contract

 

COVID-19 toolkit for GP practices

Comprehensive guidance for GPs, partners and practice managers to manage employment, contractual issues and service provision during the pandemic.

COVID-19 toolkit for GP practices

 

COVID-19 vaccination programme

Guidance about what the COVID-19 vaccination programme service in England involves, what is expected of practices and what funding is available to help you to prioritise the programme.

COVID-19 vaccination programme 

 

Controlling workload in general practice

We are proposing a workload control strategy to enable general practice to improve quality and safety, publicise reasonable safe workload limits and provide practices with practical tools to control workload.

Controlling workload in general practice strategy

 

COVID-19: trust GPs to lead 

A set of principles addressing the need for change in general practice in England following the response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trust GPs to lead report

 

COVID-19: general practice during the second wave

Calling on NHS England, NHS Improvement and Government as we moved into a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as during the biggest flu programme ever delivered and on top of ongoing workload and workforce pressures.

General practice during the second wave proposal

 

GP performance management

NHSEI have agreed commitments with GPC on performance management systems. These commitments will improve the current performance management process and support just decision making by all those involved in the handling of performance concerns.

Read our joint statement

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

 

Surveys

By gathering your views and feedback, GPC is able to use surveys during negotiations and in discussions with the government, civil service and other organisations.

PCN clinical director surveys

The BMA published the first edition of its PCN clinical directors survey in 2020. We wanted to hear directly from these new clinical leaders about the challenges and opportunities around the creation of PCNs. The survey showed that:

  • 76% said their PCNs contain at least some practices that have previous history of working at scale, although around a quarter said there were no prior arrangements
  • 63% are confident in providing strategic and clinical leadership to their network.

However, the results also showed that around half of clinical directors classed their workload as unmanageable, whilst almost two thirds said the same about the workload of practices in their network.

In our second annual survey, published in 2021, we asked clinical directors about the challenges of delivering new services, operating under the testing circumstances of a global public health crisis and about the future of PCNs. The survey showed that:

  • a significant number of clinical directors were confident that by the end of the DES in 2023/24, PCNs will have contributed to providing better support for patients in care homes, increasing the wider GP workforce and improving the quality of prescribing
  • 44% of clinical directors thought that provision of adequate funding is the most important condition for the success of PCNs.

The results of the survey also revealed that both PCN clinical directors and member practices are still facing a high level of workload which they are managing with increased difficulty. This is also having an impact on workforce morale across their network.

Vote on the PCN DES

Following a resolution at the 2020 conference of LMCs in England, calling for a ballot before negotiating any extension or changes to the PCN DES for the year 2021 / 2022, we held a vote in January 2021 of the GP profession on whether GPC England should continue negotiations on the PCN DES.  

 

The results show that 80% voted yes to giving GPC England a mandate for the PCN directed enhanced service.

COVID tracker surveys

The BMA has undertaken over 10 COVID-19 tracker surveys since April 2020 to ensure the voice and experiences of UK doctors are heard by the public and Government.

The GP specific results of the fifth tracker survey, published on 1 June 2020, showed that the vast majority (85%) reported that the changes that they had made in the way that they were working had been very or somewhat effective at combatting the pandemic. The survey also indicated that a large majority (88%) wanted to maintain the greater use of remote consultations and 77% want to use video technology to a greater extent for clinical and MDT meetings in the future.

The following survey, published 21 June 2020, highlighted the scale of extra work being taken on by GPs during the pandemic, something that is continuing to increase. The survey showed that a lack of robust IT systems and digital solutions to help secondary care colleagues to complete necessary tasks and which can lead to work being transferred to general practice without sustainable services being put in place.

The seventh tracker survey, published 9 July 2020, revealed a significant increase in requests for practices to do additional activity without the necessary funding or workforce being made available to make this change sustainable.

The impact of the delay in releasing national COVID-19 funding for general practices was also highlighted in the survey which showed that significant numbers of practices were not being reimbursed by their CCGs for out of pocket expenses directly linked to tackling COVID-19.

See all our COVID tracker and vaccine surveys.

GP workload and future aspirations survey 2016

In November 2016, GPC England published the results of a survey of all GPs in England about workload, workforce, working at scale and possible elements of contract negotiations. This was to inform GPC negotiations and to inform GPC position on future developments.

The combined results showed that it is no longer the case that one model fits all; while there is support for the current independent contractor model (47%), over 52% indicated their support for collaborative working such as federations/networks, super-practices and MCPs with 32% saying they wished to work as a partner within an at scale GP organisation.

The survey also clearly showed that most GPs are overburdened with workload, most surgeries find it difficult to recruit staff and salaried and locum GPs are put off becoming a partner because of a workload without limits.

Our people

GPC England is represented by the chair, the deputy chair, the executive team and the committee policy leads.

Chair: Farah Jameel

Executive team:
The new executive team is currently in the process of being appointed.

Members

 
 

 

 
Karthik Bhat
Christine Clayton
Zoe Greaves
Surendra Kumar
Mairi Reid
Fay Wilson

 
Zishan Syed
Krishna Kasaraneni
Paul Cundy
Rachel Ali
Peter Holden

 

Ben Molyneux
Krishan Aggarwal
Paula Wright
Venothan Suri

 

 

 

 

 

Members (continued)

 

Richard Grimes

Forest/City and E London - Terry John

Members (continued)

Policy groups

GPC's policy groups focus on specific workstreams, and deliver work on behalf of GPC. You can find out more about our policy groups and their work below.

Clinical and prescribing
The clinical and prescribing policy group leads on matters relating to drugs and prescribing, which includes vaccinations and immunisations policy, and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
 

Commissioning and provider development
The commissioning and working at scale policy group leads on all matters relating to the commissioning and provision of services including CCG commissioning and practice based commissioning, enhanced services, out of hour (OOH), new providers and the internal market.
 

Contracts and regulation
The contracts and regulation policy group leads on regulatory and contractual issues relating to GPs working within the NHS, as well as the interface with private practice, and matters relating to prison doctors.
 

Policy groups (continued)

Education, training and workforce
The Education, training and workforce policy group leads on all education issues and the recruitment and retention of the general practice workforce.
 

Information, management, technology and information governance
The information management, technology and information governance policy group leads on all matters relating to NHS GP information, management and technology and all other relevant initiatives such as primary and secondary care IT interface, training and change management.
 

Premises and practice finance
The premises and practice finance policy group leads on financial and resource issues relating to GP practices as businesses and GP-specific payments including: pensions, tax and accountancy, premises and geography related costs.
 

Representation
The representation policy group work to ensure there is adequate representation of all GPs on GPC and within the NHS.
 

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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 20 January 2022
  • Thursday 19 May 2022
  • Thursday 21 July 2022

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].