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Sessional GPs

As the only statutory, representative body of all local GPs, LMCs throughout the UK play a vital role in supporting and promoting general practice. If you are new to the area please share your contact details with us so you can be included in the circulation of the LMC monthly flyer and newsflashes, which are used to circulate important information that cannot wait until the next flyer.

 The specific help and advice that Norfolk & Waveney LMC can provide to Sessional GPs includes: 

  • Help to ensure that salaried GPs’ contracts comply with statutory entitlements, and particularly that the model salaried GP contract is offered to GPs who are entitled to it.
  • Offer advice/further information about the local health system.
  • Provide a supportive/pastoral role if a GP has difficulties with their CCG or GP employer.
  • Liaise with CCGs to ensure proper funding and support is available for locum / freelance GP appraisal.
  • Facilitate a free Locum List which is circulated to all Norfolk and Waveney practices (click here to upload your details to the Locum List)
  • Provide information at time of bi-annual LMC elections to encourage sessional GPs to stand for election to represent their peer group.
  • Provide regular email updates and flyers on current issues relevant to modern general practice. We also have extensive resources available on this website.

Clearly the role of the LMC is wide and by becoming involved in the LMC your voice can be heard both locally and nationally.  Therefore you can play a real role in shaping policy. Joining the LMC is the best way for GPs to ensure that they are represented locally.

Any GP working in a Norfolk or Waveney practice that pays the LMC levy (all of them) is eligible to stand for election and to vote. Elections are held every three years and at this time Norfolk and Waveney LMC will write to every Sessional GP in the area asking them to confirm s/he works in a Norfolk or Waveney practice that pays the LMC levy - as a Statutory Organisation we cannot assume that being on the Norfolk/Waveney Performers' list means the Sessional GP meets this criteria. The number of Sessional GPs to contact the LMC defines the number of Representatives there will be on the committee and allows those GPs to stand for election and to vote. The Representation of Sessional GPs is set using the same ratio used to determine the provider/performer membership numbers – 1:20 representatives to constituent GPs.

The 2013-15 Salaried and Freelance Constituency has two representatives and both seats have been filled. If you are interested in further information about joining the Committee, please contact the LMC Office.

The General Practitioner Committee (GPC) has a Sessional GP Subcommittee which represents Sessional GPs nationally. This Subcommittee has delegated authority to act on matters that relate wholly or primarily to sessional GPs. The GPC Sessional GP Subcommittee includes 16 members and meets four times a year. Members are elected nationally and all sessional GPs in the UK are eligible to stand.  

Sessional GP Contract and Handbook

Sessional GPs do not have a financial stake in any one GP practice. They can be a peripatetic locum, providing cover for absence, illness or holidays in different practices and are essentially self-employed. They may also be a 'salaried GP' employed by a practice, or an Alternative Providers Medical Service (APMS). 

The BMA and NHS Confederation produced a model offer letter and model terms and conditions which provides the minimum that must be offered to a salaried GP employed by a GMS practice. The LMC always recommends PMS practices to offer a contract of equal terms to this. The original agreed version, and so the minimum (as defined in the GMS Contracts Regulations: see chapter 6, section 2.1 of the Salaried GPs’ Handbook), is available here:  

The GPC Sessional Subcommittee has produced a really helpful Salaried GPs' Handbook to support the contract. The handbook has been produced as a benefit of BMA membership for salaried GPs and GP employers. It will also be of interest to those who are intending or about to become salaried GPs.

It explains the legal entitlements of salaried GPs as employees. It therefore helps to ensure that salaried GPs are aware of their statutory and contractual rights, and also helps to prevent GP employers contravening the law unwittingly. The guidance includes new sections on maternity leave and redundancy, and updated information on many other areas such as salary, hours of work, sick leave and employment protection. In addition, it explains the national and local representation of salaried GPs, how to become a salaried GP and the work involved.

Salaried GPs who are BMA members will have received their own individual printed copy of the 2010 handbook. Other BMA members who would like a printed copy should please contact us using the details below.Please contact support@bma.org.uk and provide your name, membership number and status (eg salaried GP, GP employer, locum GP, etc).

 

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