Devon LMC Exeter Cathedral
Your Local Medical Committee
representing and supporting
General Practice
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What we do

LMCs have always provided services beyond their purely statutory functions, representing the core values of the profession and striving to ensure the highest standards of equity and fairness; democracy and professionalism. 

Dr Mark Sanford-Wood (Devon LMC GP Medical Secretary) wrote a summer 2014 Newsletter Editorial (with a slight nod to Monty Python): What has Devon LMC Ever Done for Us?’ which summarises well our broad remit to GPs.

The LMC will represent and advise on all matters concerning GPs as independent contractors providing Primary Care clinical services; as commissioners of care and medical services; and as professionals. 

These may include:

  • Administration and development of the GMS and PMS Contract and the enhanced services portfolio
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework
  • Impact of secondary care issues
  • NHS complaints procedure and performance issues
  • Liaison with consultant and secondary care colleagues
  • Collaboration with the General Medical Council
  • Co-operation with national professional bodies: e.g. the British Medical Association, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Occupational Health issues
  • Liaison with other professions allied to medicine
  • Representing local GPs’ views nationally to the General Practitioners Committee and by submitting proposals to the annual conference of LMCs

The activities and views of GPC are communicated to the profession through newsletters, policy documents and general advisory statements. Devon LMC regards communication with constituent GPs as essential.  We do our utmost to inform and listen to GPs, their practice staff and the organisations with whom we all work, in various ways including:

  • Publishing a monthly newsletter
  • Website development to provide ease of access to information, news, guidance notes, media coverage, and a document library
  • Information bulletins and summaries of national guidance
  • The medical press
  • Open meetings and surveys
  • Consultation with specific GPs on issues of special interest
  • Telephone, email and mail

The LMC maintains an extensive network of formal and informal contacts and liaison on behalf of GPs with bodies influencing the planning and delivery of Primary Care. Both members of the Executive and elected GP representatives attend a wide range of meetings with colleagues in external organisations to ensure the voice of General Practice remains influential.

Devon LMC provides help to all GPs, whatever their contractual status, on all matters relating to General Practice (see Pastoral Support Network, also), including:

  • GPs’ remuneration
  • GPs’ Terms and conditions of service
  • Complaints
  • Premises
  • Partnership and practice management issues 
  • Any disputes which may occur between GPs and Primary Care Organisations

In short, the LMC has a major role in support of the provision of Primary Care. As a statutory, yet independent body, we occupy a unique position of influence within the NHS.

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