What we do
Londonwide Local Medical Committees (LMCs) is the clinically led independent voice of GPs in the capital. We aim to secure the future of general practice in London through our work with all partners in the health and social care sector and beyond. Londonwide LMCs supports and represents over 7,000 GPs and around 1,200 practices in London through our 27 locally elected committees.
LMCs are a stable part of the NHS landscape. They are recognised in statute and provide independent advice, guidance and support on a range of issues that affect general practice. LMCs remain the only independent, elected, representative body for local GPs.
A central Londonwide LMCs’ team provides support on three main levels:
We ensure that London GPs and their practices have access to the information and support they need to help them provide the best possible service to their patients.
Leading the development of Londonwide LMCs as a key strategic delivery partner influencing the capital’s health and social care landscape, we provide stakeholder and advocacy support – raising contractual and strategic issues on behalf of LMCs and GPs across the capital with local authorities, the Mayor and London Assembly, Parliament, bodies such as the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and commissioners including NHS England.
We frequently negotiate at local and pan-London levels to seek agreements that help practices and primary care management organisations to work together to improve patient care.
Our Local Medical Committees are split into three sectors: North Central and North East (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, City and Hackney, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest), North West (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster) and South (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth, Southwark).
Each committee consists of Chair and Vice Chair roles as well as elected members. GPs who work in an LMC area are eligible to stand for election to the committee covering their place of work. Committees are often supplemented with co-opted members with special interests, GP trainees and colleagues from other professions within the practice team such as practice managers and general practice nurses.
LMCs tend to meet bi-monthly but a significant amount of work is led by members, local GPs and staff from Londonwide LMCs outside of meetings. LMC members often meet with CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) boards, public health leads at local authorities as well as local councillors and MPs.
We provide support for individual GPs who may be experiencing problems at work through our GP Support team made up of expert advisors and practising GPs.
We also provide training for practice staff through our Londonwide Enterprise Ltd (LEL) subsidiary. LEL provides services that go beyond our core work such as supporting practices that require enhanced GP support, help with business planning or advice on saving money on supplies through the Londonwide Buying Group.
Londonwide LMCs is the brand name of Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited. Registered and office address: Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG. Registered in England No. 6391298. Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.