Get involved with your LNC

Do you want to represent and negotiate on behalf of doctors in your area? Find out how to get involved with your local negotiating committee.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020
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​As an independent trade union, the BMA is dedicated to protecting individual members and the collective interests of doctors and dentists in the workplace.

LNCs (local negotiating committees) are made up of elected local BMA representatives who negotiate and make collective agreements with local management on behalf of medical and dental staff of all grades.

They support the work of the regional and national branch of practice committees; negotiating on issues including terms and conditions of service and working arrangements.


Become an LNC representative

If you'd like to negotiate for and represent doctors in your area, you could stand to become an elected representative for your LNC.

Elections are usually held every two years with all grades eligible to stand.

If elected, you’ll generally be required to attend meetings up to eight times per year and play an active part in your local trust. You will receive paid time off from your employer to attend training and negotiations meetings.

For more information you should contact your local Industrial Relations officer using the details below.


Find your LNC

To find out more about LNCs and how to get involved in your nearest committee, get in contact using the details below.

If you’re not sure which LNC you should contact, call us on 0300 123 1233 or email [email protected] with details about where you work.


If you’re a doctor in England, we can put you in direct contact with the industrial relations officer or assistant secretary responsible for your LNC.

Call us on 0300 123 1233 or email [email protected] with details about where you work.

Northern Ireland

The BMA has an LNC in every trust in Northern Ireland. Find out who to contact if you would like to get involved:

Belfast Trust
Dr Laurence Burke
[email protected]

South Eastern Trust
Dr Mugilan Anandarajan
[email protected]

Northern Trust
Dr David Farren
[email protected]

Southern Trust
Dr Sara Landy
[email protected]

Western Trust
Dr John Doherty
[email protected]

Dr Ciara McLaughlin
[email protected]


The BMA has an LNC in every territorial health board in Scotland and in non-territorial special health boards who employ doctors directly.

Most junior doctors will be employed by one of the lead employers in the north (NHS Grampian), east (NHS Lothian) or west (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde), while all GP trainees and some national programmes will be employed directly by NHS Education for Scotland.

To find out what’s going on in each LNC, please use the contact details below to get in touch.


























Current LNC representatives

Access resources, such as our LNC training programmes, model policies to assist you in your negotiations and to see the latest news and updates from the BMA. 

LNC support hub