Crisis in general practice
In July 2018, GPC wrote to the then-secretary of state for health, Matt Hancock MP, regarding the current crisis facing general practice. The letter outlines issues surrounding workload levels, expansion of the general practice and community workforce, technology and prevention, and adequate investment in primary care.
GPs and practices are under unprecedented pressure following COVID-19 and the hugely impressive involvement of general practice in delivering the vaccination programme, but also the major scale of the NHS backlog and recruitment and retention issue. This was highlighted in the speech by Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC UK chair, at the LMC UK conference 2021.
GP pensions and annual allowance
Following extensive lobbying on annual allowance and the pensions taper from the BMA there have been two important changes that affect the 2019/20 and subsequent tax years.
Following the development and implementation of a range of national GP workforce initiatives over the last three to four years, we continue to update this resource with helpful guidance and practical support.
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.
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.
Primary care education tariff
GPC chair Richard Vautrey wrote to the secretary of state for health and social care to call for an increase in the funding of undergraduate placements in primary care.
Urgent prescription for general practice
Our Responsive, safe and sustainable: our urgent prescription for general practice report highlights the increasing pressures that practices are under. The report called for immediate action as part of a ‘rescue package’, and long term to provide a sustainable, viable and vibrant future for general practice.
GPC UK policy and guidance is set out by the GPC UK policy groups below and the LMC UK conference.
- Guidance on service provision, reducing transmission, PPE, shielding patients and PCNs.
- Your entitlements with annual leave, managing home visits and if you're indemnified.
- How to manage your practice during coronavirus.
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.
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.
The BMA GP committee surveyed members about their practices as part of the GP premises review.
Co-Chairs: Dr Andrew Buist and Dr Alan Stout
Alan Stout, chair of Northern Ireland GPC
Andrew Buist, chair of GPC Scotland
Katie Bramall-Stainer, chair of GPC England
Gareth Oelmann, chair of GPC Wales
Non-voting members: Ex officio
President, Sir Ian Gilmore
Chair of the representative body, Latifa Patel
Chair of council, Philip 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, Matthew Mayer
Deputy chair of the UK LMC conference, Alastair Taylor
Elected by the annual representative meeting 2023
Elected by the UK LMC conference
Voting nominees of other bodies
GP trainees committee (two representatives)
Sessional GPs committee (four representatives)
Medical Women’s Federation
Medical Practitioners' Union (two representatives)
British International Doctors Association
Under-represented groups (voting members)
GP within first five years post CCT
Non-voting nominees of other bodies:
Royal College of General Practitioners - Please contact [email protected]
BMA patient liaison group (one representative) - Richard Grimes
Forty-three elected regionally
Norfolk/Suffolk/Great Yarmouth & Waveney - Ian Hume
Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire - Diana Hunter
Hertfordshire - Violaine Carpenter
N and S Essex - James Booth
Barking and Havering/Redbridge and Waltham Forest/City & E London - Dipti Chacko-Bakshi
Enfield and Haringey/Camden and Islington/
Barnet/Kensington and Chelsea/Westminster - Farah Jameel
Hillingdon/Brent and Harrow/Ealing/Hammersmith and Hounslow - Michelle Drage
Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth/Bexley and Greenwich/Bromley - Penelope Jarrett
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth/Kingston and Richmond - Richard van Mellaerts
Cumbria and Lancashire - Preeti Shukla
Sefton/Liverpool/Wirral - Rob Barnett
Cheshire/Mid Mersey - Ivan Camphor
Salford and Trafford/Manchester/Stockport - Samira Anane
Wigan & Bolton/Bury & Rochdale/W Pennine - Alan Dow
Northumberland/Newcastle and N Tyneside/Gateshead and S Tyneside/Sunderland - Paul Evans
Durham/Cleveland - Girish Chawla
Northern Ireland - Alan Stout
Ayrshire and Arran/Borders/Dumfries and Galloway/Lanarkshire - Chris Black
Isles - Iain Kennedy
Glasgow and Clyde - John Ip
Forth Valley/Fife/Lothian/Tayside - Stuart Blake
Gloucester/Avon - Shaba Nabi
Wiltshire/Dorset - Andrew Purbrick
Somerset/N and E Devon - Paul Hynam
S and W Devon/Cornwall/Isles of Scilly - Bruce Hughes
Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire - Richard Wood
Berkshire/N and E Hampshire - Simon Ruffle
Hampshire/Isle of Wight - Matthew Prendergast
Kent - Gaurav Gupta
E Sussex/W Sussex - Christine Clayton
Surrey and Croydon - Julius Parker
E Yorks/N Lincs/Lincs - Kieran Sharrock
Barnsley/Doncaster/Rotherham/Sheffield - Clare Bannon
Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire - Peter Holden
Leicester and Rutland/Northamptonshire - Jonathan Cox
N Yorkshire/Bradford - Brian McGregor
Calderdale/Kirklees/Leeds/Wakefield - Ansar Hayat
Gwent/Bro Taf/Morgannwg - David Bailey
Dyfed Powys/N Wales - Sara Bodey
Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Warwickshire/Coventry - Sarah Matthews
N Staffs and S Staffs/Shropshire - Chandra Kanneganti
Birmingham/Solihull - Gavin Ralston
Sandwell/Walsall/Wolverhampton/Dudley - Uzma Ahmad
GPC UK's policy groups focus on specific workstreams, and deliver work on behalf of GPC UK. You can find out more about our policy groups and their work below.
The representation policy group leads on all matters related to representation of GPs in the BMA, democratic accountability, representation of GP principals, sessional GPs and GP trainees in GPC structures and representation of historically marginalised groups in GPC structures include but not limited to female GPs, GPs from ethnic minority backgrounds and disabled GPs.
Contact us: [email protected]
Education and training
The Education and training policy group leads on all education and training issues of relevance to the general practice workforce.
Contact us: [email protected]
- GPC England
- GPC Northern Ireland
- GPC Scotland
- GPC Wales
- GP Registrars committee
- Sessional GPs committee
- Local medical committees
The UK GPC meets twice a year to discuss the latest issues facing general practice. These meetings are open to GPC members, however, the committee also welcomes observers from LMCs (local medical committees).
LMCs interested in sending an observer to a GPC meeting should contact the GPC office to arrange a suitable date. All travel and other expenses for LMC observers must be met by the relevant LMC. A maximum of three LMC observers may attend any one meeting.
- Thursday 14 December 2023
- Thursday 14 March 2024
All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm either virtually or at:
For more information about GPC meetings, email [email protected].
How to join
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 UK, these are:
- Seats/term - every year, a third of the 43 UK regions elect a representative for a three-session term.
- Timeline - elections are usually held in February or March.
- Eligibility - all GPs who BMA members are eligible to stand if they live or work in the relevant regions. All GPs can vote in this election.
- Seats/term - every year, seven delegates of the LMC conference are elected to GPC UK for a one-session term.
- Timeline - elections are held at the LMC conference in May.
- Eligibility - only LMC conference delegates can stand and vote in this election.
- Seats/term - every year, elections for 10 seats on GPC UK take place for a one-session term.
- Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM, and voting closes a few days after ARM.
- Eligibility - all UK GPs BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.
The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.
Elections to the GPC are now closed.
Get in touch
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of GPC, email [email protected]
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