We are a democratic body. The LMC consists of GPs represented by constituency across the county of Herefordshire. We also at times co-opt representatives to deal with areas of particular interests. The LMC has very close links with the General Practitioners Committee West Midlands covering the 13 LMCs across the whole of the West Midlands.
The committee meets regularly at the Post Graduate Centre at Wye Valley Trust Hereford and has an office based in Redditch.
Herefordshire LMC is incorporated and merged with Worcestershire 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 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.