We are a democratic body. Our LMC Committee consists of GPs elected by constituency across the county of Worcestershire. We co-opt representatives who may have a particular interest such as rural dispensing. Practice Managers are represented as are Non-Principal GPs and GP Registrars. The LMC has close links with the General Practitioners Committee nationally.
The LMC committee meets monthly at The Charles Hastings Education Centre in Worcester and has an office based in Redditch.
Worcestershire LMC is incorporated and merged with Herefordshire LMC so all services and the website are now provided by Worcestershire and Herefordshire Local Medical Committee Ltd.
The LMC is an independent body which represents the interests of general practice alone and acts as its advocate, free of political constraints and of the need to satisfy the interests of others. LMCs are recognised and defined by statute in the NHS Act 2006, (as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012). The LMC is a self-financing body, paid for by a levy of GPs earnings.
Worcestershire and Herefordshire LMC Ltd are involved in three key areas:
Representation - We represent the views of GPs to a variety of bodies, including CCGs and NHS England, local authorities, social services, NHS Trusts, WMAS, HEE, CQC, GPPB, MPs, national bodies such as the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA (GPC), General Medical Council (GMC), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and local and national media.
We canvass the views of GPs and use that knowledge to promote sustainable and thriving general practice. We collaborate and build on relationships with other organisations which allows us to ensure that the GP voice is heard. We aim to uphold standards of professional practice and to ensure that GPs are valued within our healthcare system.
LMCs influence the policies of the GPC on a national level, particularly through submission of motions to the National Annual Conference of LMCs to which Worcestershire and Herefordshire LMC actively contribute. We attend all the major Medico-Political conferences annually.
Advisory - We keep our GPs and PMs informed of local and national developments through our monthly newsletter, circulating guidance on local issues and initiatives. We email our colleagues with regular updates on local issues and use Twitter. We also provide advice on a wide range of subjects to practices on all matters affecting professional activities. Advice is given on all areas related to GP contracts and funding (including essential and enhanced services, QOF, premises funding issues). We can offer advice on practice and partnership mergers, working at scale, new models of care, the STP and ICS. We regularly host local events to keep our GP colleagues informed on issues that will affect them.
Pastoral - Our GP Support Team provide support to practices who find themselves in difficulty. By connecting colleagues and sharing ideas we aim to support the sustainability of general practice. We mediate in practice disputes. We support colleagues facing complaints and attend NHSE Performance Advisory Groups. We have a Wellbeing Service supporting doctors with their mental and physical wellbeing. We offer mentoring to GPs. We support our VTS and educators by giving lectures and talks on issues that concern our GP trainees and we work collaboratively on initiatives to build and improve our workforce with other organisations.
LATEST COVID-19 GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS - LATEST COVID-19 GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
The LMC provides support for members' health, welfare and careers and we understand the challenges of working in General Practice. Our Wellbeing Champion is Dr Pamela Smith, a GP Partner from Davenal House Surgery. Dr Smith is also part of the GP Support Team.
Mental health and wellbeing resources
- NHS Employers has developed resources to support staff wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published WHO Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19.
- MIND UK and Every Mind Matters have published specific resources in the context of COVID-19. NHS Practitioner Health has developed frontline wellbeing support during COVID-19.
- The BMA offers confidential support services 24/7, free of charge to all doctors and medical students – call 0330 123 1245.
- The Royal College of Nurses has guidance on self-care during COVID-19 and a counselling service.
#OurNHSpeople wellbeing support
Our NHS people are doing extraordinary things in the face of an extraordinary challenge, and so need an extraordinary level of support. This is why the NHS nationally and locally has developed a range of wellbeing support to care for and protect all of our NHS people, whether at the front line or in supporting services.
So, from today, all our people will have access to a range of support (#OurNHSPeople Wellbeing Support) through one point of contact:
- a free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice - including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help
- a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline - simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
- online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including Unmind, Headspace Sleepio and Dayligh
We encourage NHS teams to take immediate advantage of these services. They can be used in addition to the support available from your own NHS organisations and will develop further in coming days and weeks in line with user feedback.
Please visit our useful links page to find details of the support available. Should you
wish to contact Pam please do this via the LMC Office at:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01527 65082
Doctors experiencing difficulty with their physical and mental health should always consult a medical professional for help and avoid "corridor consultations" and self-treatment.