The general practitioners committee Scotland represents all GPs working in Scotland, including partners, salaried GPs and locums. We consider and act on matters affecting GPs in Scotland - including contractual matters.
The committee meets five times a year and has representatives from all 14 health board areas in Scotland. We also work closely with other BMA committees to represent GPs at a UK level.
2018 GMS contract
On 1 April 2018 the new Scottish GMS contract was launched following three years of negotiations with Scottish Government, and a poll of the profession. The aims of the contract are to relieve the unsustainable workload facing general practice and reduce the business risks of becoming a GP.
Read about the Scottish GP contract
The Scottish Government has published a workforce plan for primary care, the 'National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 3 - Improving workforce planning for primary care in Scotland'. This document states the intention to recruit an additional 800 GPs as well as building and extending roles for a range of professionals working in primary care.
Responding to the plan, former chair of SGPC Alan McDevitt said: "The new GP contract is now being implemented across Scotland and it is essential that multidisciplinary teams are able to start developing their capacity and extend their roles as soon as possible to enable them to support practices effectively. I look forward to seeing the integrated update in September and would urge the Scottish government to be bold in its endeavour to make Scotland’s primary care workforce fit for the future."
Safe workload guidance for GPs in Scotland
New ‘Safe workload guidance for GPs in Scotland’ has been produced by BMA Scotland to help GPs and their practices protect themselves from unmanageable workload.
Closing your patient list
GMS practices in Scotland can apply formally to close the practice list if their workload is jeopardising their ability to provide safe care for their registered patients.
Partnership guidance for GPs in Scotland
Updated ‘Partnership guidance for GPs in Scotland’ has also been produced, giving general guidance on medical partnerships under the NHS in Scotland. It should not be treated as a complete or authoritative statement of the statutory provisions governing partnerships.
It is strongly recommended that anyone considering any action based on the guidance contact the BMA on 0300 123 1233 for further advice before taking any final decisions.
Chair: Andrew Buist
Co-opted members (2023/24 session):
Dr Chris Williams – for his strong interest in IT, eHealth and digital healthcare. Chris is the co-chair in the Scottish Joint GP IT Group and can provide insight into the various information technology groups that he attends as deputy chair of RCGP.
The executive subcommittee is composed of the GPC Scotland office bearers (Andrew Buist, Andrew Cowie and Patricia Moultrie), the chair of SLMC conference (Alastair Taylor), and five elected members from SGPC.
For the 2023/24 session, the elected members are: Dr Chris Black, Dr Jenny English, Dr David Herron, Dr John Ip and Dr Tyra Smyth.
Elected by local medical committees
Tayside LMC (2 representatives)
Western Isles LMC (1 representative and 1 deputy)
Elected by the annual representative meeting 2022 (from a Scottish constituency)
Elected by Conference of LMCs (UK) to GPC
Voting nominees of other bodies:
GP trainees committee
Sessional GPs committee
Medical Practitioners Union
Non-voting nominees of other bodies:
Chair of Scottish Council
Chair of UK GPC
Andrew Buist and Alan Stout
Deputy Chair of GPC England
Chair of NI GPC
Chair of GPC Wales
Chair of Scottish LMC conference
Representative from Scottish consultants committee
Scottish Council of Royal College of General Practitioners
Chris Williams (deputising)
Scottish Dental Practitioners Committee
Gillian Lennox (deputising)
Forty-three elected regionally for GPC UK (4 Scottish representatives)
Ayrshire and Arran/Borders/Dumfries and Galloway/Lanarkshire - Chris Black
Grampian/Highland/Orkney/Shetland/Western Isles - Iain Kennedy
Glasgow and Clyde - John Ip
Forth Valley/Fife /Lothian/Tayside - Stuart Blake
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GPC Scotland meets five times a year to discuss the latest issues facing general practice in Scotland. These meetings are open to members of GPC Scotland only, but non-members can apply for the BMA committee visitors scheme.
- Thursday 17 August 2023
- Thursday 2 November 2023
- Thursday 25 January 2024 (virtual)
- Thursday 21 March 2024
- Friday 14 June 2024
All meetings take place from 10.30am to 5pm either virtually or at:
14 Queen Street
- Thursday 05 October 2023
- Thursday 24 February 2024
- Thursday 9 May 2024
All meetings take place from 2pm to 5pm either virtually or at:
14 Queen Street
For more information about our meetings, please email us or call 0131 247 3003.
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 SGPC, these are:
- Seats/term - every year, all 14 LMCs in Scotland elect representatives for a one-session term. Seats are distributed evenly between LMCs based on the number of patients in the area. LMCs with only one representative also have a deputy representative.
- Timeline - elections are run by the LMCs and timelines may vary.
- Eligibility - contact your local medical committee to find out the eligibility criteria.
- Seats/term - every year, a third of the 43 UK regions elect a representative for a three-session term to GPC UK. Scottish elected representatives have a voting seat on GPC UK and SGPC.
- Timeline - elections are usually held in February or March.
- Eligibility - all GPs who are 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, representatives of the LMC UK conference are elected to GPC UK for a one-session term. The elected representatives from Scotland have a voting seat on SGPC.
- Timeline - elections are held at the LMC UK conference in May.
- Eligibility - only LMC UK conference delegates can stand and vote in this election.
- Seats/term - every year, members from a Scottish constituency are elected to GPC UK from the ARM elections for a one-session term. The first Scottish representative via STV (single transferable vote) will have a voting seat on SGPC.
- Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM, and voting closes a few days after ARM.
- Eligibility - all UK GP BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.
- Seats/term - every year, half of the 19 UK regions elect a representative for a two-session term. Representatives for Scotland North, Scotland West and Scotland East regions will then be eligible for election as the Scottish GP trainee representative and will have a voting seat on SGPC.
- Timeline - GP registrars regional elections are usually held in March or April. Elections for the Scottish GP Trainee representative on SGPC are held at the first GP Trainee committee meeting of the session.
- Eligibility - all GP registrars who are BMA members are eligible to stand if they live or work in the relevant regions. All GP registrars can vote in this election.
- Seats/term - every year, one member for Scotland is elected from the sessional GPs committee elections for a three-session term. The elected member will have a voting seat on SGPC.
- Timeline - this election is usually held in March or April.
- Eligibility - all salaried, freelance and locum GPs* who are BMA members in Scotland are eligible to stand in this election. Retainer scheme GPs based in Scotland are also eligible to stand in this election, regardless of their time commitment. All salaried, freelance and locum GPs can vote in this election.
*Salaried or freelance/locum GPs will be eligible if, for the six months before the election, their NHS general practice performer's work has been solely as a salaried and/or freelance GP (excluding work as a GP appraiser) or a GP trainee, and an average of at least seven hours per week of NHS general practice work has been undertaken for that period.
Please check the election sections of the following committees for details about any running elections for representatives to SGPC:
- GPC UK (for regional and LMC UK conference elections)
- GP registrars committee
- Sessional GPs committee.
These details are updated regularly, so please keep checking the pages throughout the year.
Should you wish to join the committee via LMCs elections, contact your local LMC for further information.
Get in touch
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the SGPC, email [email protected].