What is the NILMC?

Recognised by successive NHS Acts, Local Medical Committees (LMCs) are independent, self-financing bodies with statutory functions to represent the interests of general practice alone and act as its advocate.   


LMC Regions

Northern

  • South East Antrim
  • Ballymena
  • Mid-Ulster
  • Causeway
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Eastern

  • North and West Belfast
  • South and East Belfast
  • North Down and Ards
  • Down and Lisburn
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Western

  • Limavady
  • Londonderry
  • Tyrone
  • Strabane
  • Fermanagh
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Southern

  • Armagh
  • Dungannon
  • Craigavon
  • Banbridge
  • Newry
  • Mourne
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Northern Representation

Chairman

Dr Barney McCoy

Health Centre

50 Hillhead

Stewartstown

Co. Tyrone

BT71 5HY


northernchairman@nilmc.org



Secretary

Dr Allen McCullough

The Family Practice

Antrim Health Centre

Station Road

Antrim

BT41 4BS


northernsecretary@nilmc.org



Assistant Secretary

Dr I Kernohan

54 Startion Rd,

Greenisland

Carrickfergus

BT38 8TP


northernassistantsecretary@nilmc.org



Eastern Representation

Chairman

Dr David Ross

Saintfield Health Centre

Saintfield

Co Down

BT24 7AD


easternchairman@nilmc.org



Secretary

Dr M McKenna

2 Thames St,

Belfast

BT12 6AP


easternsecretary@nilmc.org



Assistant Secretary

Dr Ursula Brennan

Mount Oriel Medical Centre

110 Saintfield Rd

Belfast

BT8 6GR


easternassistantsecretary@nilmc.org



Western Representation

Chairman

Dr Brendan O’Hare

Castlederg Group Surgery

13a Lr Strabane Rd

Castlederg,

BT81 7AZ



westernchairman@nilmc.org



Secretary

Dr Paul Molloy

Clarendon Medical

35 Northland Ave

Derry, BT48 7GW


westernsecretary@nilmc.org



Assistant Secretary

Dr Nial McCallion

Cityview Medical 127

Spencer Road

Londonderry

BT47 6AH


westernassistantsecretary@nilmc.org



Southern Representation

Chairman

Dr Conor Moore

Abbey Court Surgery

Dobbin Lane

Armagh

BT61 7OG


southernchairman@nilmc.org



Secretary

Dr Frances O’Hagan

The Friary Surgery

Dobbin Lane

Armagh

BT61 7OG


southernsecretary@nilmc.org



Assistant Secretary

Dr Fionnuala Vernon

Ardmore Medical Practice

57 Thomas Street

Dungannon

BT70 1HW


southernassistantsecretary@nilmc.org



LMCs are the professional organisation with responsibility for representing individual GPs, and are not Trade Unions. The 1999 NHS Act extended the role of LMCs to include representation of all GPs, whatever their contractual status.  


LMC: What we do for GPs

Representation

We represent: 

All NI GPs currently on the performers list and trainee GPs throughout their training, rather than just during general practice rotations (we do not seek a contribution to the LMC’s levy from GP trainees).   

Being represented by the LMC allows GPs and their practices to utilise the knowledge and experience of the LMC, as well as receiving a variety of communications (see Dissemination of Information Relevant to General Practice overleaf). We are unable to offer assistance to unrepresented GPs.  

We represent the views of GPs to the local Integrated Care Office of the HSCB, and to any other appropriate organisations or agencies.  

We work with many organisations to ensure patients receive services and care in accordance with the profession’s local and national priorities. This can mean the LMC robustly defending the profession’s views when those of others conflict with what GPs believe is in their patients’ best interests. We also defend the right of GPs to refuse non-contractual work, and will negotiate an alternative solution when other organisations wish to impose work on practices.  

Our aim is to represent and support GPs, ensuring that they are valued and their skills are properly utilised, and to facilitate the smooth running of general practice. We are committed to the values of equity, fairness, openness and equal opportunities.   

We are keen to ensure that we are as inclusive as possible of all GPs, regardless of their contractual status, working arrangements etc. To this end, any comments or suggestions regarding the LMC’s representation of GPs would be welcome via email to your local LMC secretary. Please refer to the contact section of this website for details.

Helping Individual GPs/Practices

As an independent body with no political constraints, we can act as an advocate and can offer help on all matters relevant to general practice. GPs are welcome to contact us for help and advice to assist steering through the NHS, and the following list, while not exhaustive, highlights some of the areas in which we can offer advice, negotiate, mediate etc:  

Disputes between GPs and other bodies, eg schools, councils, private employers etc; NHS regulations/legislation; GP contracts, terms and conditions of service and remuneration;  Completion of medical reports/certification;  Partnership issues; Prescribing queries; Premises/estates issues;  Occupational health issues, eg sick doctors;  The NHS complaints process and disciplinary procedures; Workforce planning; Education and training – undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational training, continuing professional development; Professionally led regulation and professional standards – ethical, conduct and performance, including clinical governance.   

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not we can assist with a particular issue, please contact us (see Contact Details at the end of this guide). We will offer you assistance or direct you to a more appropriate source if the issue falls outside of our remit.   

Please note that NI LMCs cannot provide individual legal or financial advice but provides representation, guidance and support for GPs in NI. We will not accept liability for use made of our services in circumstances in which individuals or practices ought also to have obtained appropriate legal and/or financial advice but have not sought to do so.  

Dissemination of Information Relevant to General Practice

We regard communication with constituent GPs as essential. We hope that through utilising many different forms of communication we are able to help GPs to prioritise the information and keep abreast of the main issues impacting on general practice. Our communications take many forms depending on the information they are designed to convey, such as:  

LMC website: www.nilmc.org - Home to all our current guidance, reports and includes an archive of our newsletters and minutes of LMC meetings. In addition, it also provides links to useful guidance produced by other organisations as well as resources which colleagues may find useful e.g. guidance on workload management.

We are always looking to improve our communication with constituents. To this end, we would welcome any comments or suggestions via email to your local LMC secretary. Please refer to the contact section of this website for details.

Local Negotiations

We have an extensive network of contacts, through a combination of regular meetings or ad hoc meetings when particular issues of mutual interest or concern arise. These contacts include the following organisations:  

HSCB, Dept of Health, PHA, BMA NI, All 5 NI Trusts; RCN, Federation Support Unit & the wider Federation community, BSO.

National Negotiations

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) is the ‘parliament’ for GPs. It is a standing committee of the BMA, with authority to deal with matters affecting NHS GPs, whether or not they are BMA members. Every part of the country has at least one spokesperson on the GPC to present its views and debate key issues. Throughout the year papers are produced for discussion at LMCs and, from time to time, the GPC consults all GPs directly through surveys and questionnaires. We help to disseminate this information and will often encourage participation in GPC consultations, as these are conducted for the benefit of the profession.  

GPC representatives and LMC representatives meet at the Annual Conference of LMCs. Proposals from individual LMCs across the country are debated alongside those from the GPC. The outcome of the debate determines the framework for the profession’s negotiations at both national and local levels.  


NI LMCs: How we work

Elections

Each local LMC consists of up to 16 GPs elected on a locality basis. Elections take place every 4 years according to the approved constitution. Any GP contributing to the LMC’s levies and on the Medical Performers List can be nominated for election.  

Our constitution allows for the election of doctors working under a variety of contractual arrangements and for the co-option of doctors offering expertise not represented elsewhere on the committee, such as representatives from secondary care, public health and GP trainees. This encourages open and lively discussion and allows the LMC to be representative of differing opinions.   

Any GP interested in being co-opted to a vacancy or wishing to be involved with the LMC in some capacity can register this interest and obtain more information by emailing your local LMC secretary. Please refer to the contact section of this website for details.

LMC Officers

Officers are elected by the committee to the positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer (Who also acts as assistant Secretary in ELMC) 

The Officers attend meetings, negotiate with other organisations, respond to practice queries and produce the guidance, reports, newsletters etc referred to above. Advice is taken from the full committee to guide discussions and the results of meetings are fed back to the committee. The Secretary is the first point of contact for all of the LMCs.

Any represented GP or Practice Manager who would like to meet the LMC officers and learn more about our work would be very welcome to do so. Please email your local LMC secretary to arrange a convenient date/time. 

Funding

We are funded by levy contributions from NI GP practices and by practitioners registered with the LMC as sessional GPs. This is the primary source of income for the LMC and is used to pay for meeting space, admin support expenses.