Lincolnshire Local Medical Committee (Lincs LMC) is the statutory representative body for GPs and their Practices, operating across the county. We represent in total, around 450 GPs, whether Partners, Salaried GPs, or freelance locums; acting as the link between local GPS and the negotiating body, the GPC which is an established branch of the BMA. We exist solely to represent, advise, and support GPs and their Practices.
We are a completely independent body, free from political constraints and the need to satisfy other interests.
All LMCs are funded by a statutory levy which is collected from practices and is based on the number of patients registered at that Practice. The amount is set by the Secretariat and reviewed annually. It funds the office and Officers of the LMC, as well as the Committee.
The Secretariat consists of the Chief Operating Officer, Medical Director and administrative support staff.
We exist solely to represent, advise and support GPs and their practices, including practice staff with the ultimate aim of helping to provide great care. This support comes in many different forms:
Lincs LMC provides individual support to GPs and Lincolnshire general practice staff in many different ways.
Examples include; one to one support and performance related issues, peer to peer support, mentoring and coaching, pastoral support and through the answering of daily miscellaneous questions and enquiries.
We actively keep in touch with all Lincolnshire practices, whether that be through emails, phones calls or in-person visits. We also provide CQC run-throughs and clinical team visits.
The LMC supports practice recruitment by advertising Lincolnshire practice vacancies and hosting networking events. We also support practices to resolve long term issues by being present during discussions with other service providers or by mediation to resolve conflict.
Lincs LMC provides various publications to support practices including monthly newsletters, regular FAQs, email updates and weekly updates.
Our website is a great resource with many clinical and non-clinical articles about news and guidance. We also provide information in the form of podcasts and webinars.
Lincs LMC Development Centre runs a wide range of clinical and non-clinical training sessions and events. We also hold an annual GP conference and Practice Manager Day.
Lots of sessions are recorded and are available in the form of webinars and podcasts to make training as accessible as possible. We keep a close eye on training needs across the county and collaborate with other organisations such as the Lincolnshire Training Hub.
There are many stakeholders that practices have to deal with such as the CQC, hospital trusts, community trusts, Healthwatch and councils to name just a few.
Lincs LMC regularly engages with stakeholders to maintain general practice relations, negotiate, represent GP and practice views, raise and resolve issues and provide feedback.
Lincs LMC also supports practices by helping educating and inform patients. We provide a wide selection of infographics for practices to use on websites and in social media posts.
We also regularly engage with the media to support practice with public perceptions.