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What is Cambridgeshire LMC?

Cambs LMC was founded in 1911 for all GPs.

We represent all GPs and looking after the interests of GPs means looking after the interests of the whole practice. We particularly value our close working with Practice Managers.

Cambs LMC is local.

Yes, we are local as our name suggests but our influence extends over national issues too.

Technically, your LMC covers the area of the county – or to be more precise, covers those practices whose main surgery is in the county. NHS England has to recognise only one LMC for each specific area, though LMCs can cover a greater or smaller geographical area depending on local arrangements. Across the East of England, the regional LMCs may on occasions work closely together, but we all maintain our own offices and employ our own staff.

Cambs LMC represents all GPs.

The LMC represents you in negotiations locally on all matters that affect General Practice with the CCG, NHS England, the STP, the Acute and Community Trusts, Educational and Local Authorities, the Police and third parties.

The LMC operates as the link between local GPs and their national negotiating body, the General Practitioners Committee (GPC). The GPC is a Branch of Practice Committee of the BMA and is recognised as the sole negotiating body for all NHS GPs with the government. Our Chair, Dr Diana Hunter has an elected seat representing Cambridgeshire GPs, as does our CEO, Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer who also has a seat on BMA Council, speaking up for all doctors across the East of England.

We represent the best of General Practice – aiming to help the local NHS become something we can all be rightly proud of. We are instrumental in agreeing and operating local procedures such as those for performance assessment, management of the local performers list, post payment verification, enhanced commissioning negotiations, contractual affairs – the list goes on. The LMC is the only body that represents all Cambridgeshire NHS GPs as providers.

Cambs LMC is here for all GPs.

The LMC is here for all local GPs. Our job is to look after you, so you can concentrate on looking after your patients. We urge you to get in touch with us whenever you feel in need of representation, support or advice.
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Cambs LMC is independent.

Your LMC is independent and owned by the GPs we represent. We are not restricted by being a union or by the rules of being an NHS body and we are not part of the BMA.

Cambs LMC is representative.

Every member elected to our Committee represents all GPs in their patch be they partners, salaried GPs, locums – in fact, every GP who is registered on the local Performers List and each and every practice across the County. The LMC operates an election process that allows some seats to be reserved for under-represented groups of local GPs to ensure a fair balance.

We have a Constitution that sets out our democratic processes, and we have open and fair elections for all of our seats. Our processes have to comply with the law and have to be recognised by NHS England. But representation is about more than just democracy: it is about professionalism.

Cambs LMC supports all GPs.

The LMC supports individual doctors and partnerships in difficulty. We help doctors with a broad spectrum of problems – from complaints to legacies from patients! We support individual GPs and practices to resolve their differences with professionalism and integrity. We support doctors through the local performance procedures, through suspension procedures, and through GMC hearings. GPs are helped by being supported by an LMC that has experience of dealing with a great many problems, and we have witnessed most ways of falling below the high standards of the profession. The LMC is greatly involved in all aspects of the local performance procedures and works closely with our other regulators in the CQC and GMC.

Of course, some doctors get accused of things they have not done, and some accused of things they have done. Sometimes the accusation misunderstands the actions of the GP or fails to see the whole picture. The LMC will always support any GP in difficulty, but the LMC does not condone bad practice and always strives to avoid bringing the profession into disrepute.

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Cambs LMC is statutory.

LMCs have existed under the authority of each NHS Act – and thereby have powers, responsibilities, and duties. We have to comply with the law in terms of our Constitution and financial control. While we have to do some things, we are not allowed to do others, and the rest is up to the Committee to decide. NHS England & NHS Improvement, and each CCG, has to consult with the LMC on a long list of matters in order to comply with their legal obligations.

Cambs LMC advises all GPs.

Our team at Knapwell have a combined collective experience of working within the system to support general practice of over fifty years. This breadth and depth of expertise, relationships and resources is a unique source of reliable and trusted advice and support to the local profession. The LMC advises all GPs and Practice Managers in General Practice.

We aim to help you know what you need to know. We write to you when there are things worth saying, and we send you what we think you will want to read. We make available to you what you are looking for when you contact us, and while each day we deal with questions and queries from GPs and Practice Managers, we also frequently advise NHS England & NHS Improvement, and our CCG, on matters within our expertise.

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Cambs LMC speaks for all GPs.

The LMC carries the voice of the profession. There are many matters where properly held professional views differ, and the LMC is a good forum for local debate, always supporting professional independence. However, where needed, professional unity is a very strong force in the local NHS and empowers the LMC – be that in contract negotiations for individual doctors or whole practices, or in matters of regulation and performance.

Nationally, the GPC is guided by policy decisions determined at the LMC U.K. Annual Conference, the main policy-making event where representatives from LMCs across the four nations debate motions which reflect local GP concerns and objectives. The LMC U.K. Conference is the body to whom the GPC is directly accountable. We are fortunate that our CEO, Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer is one of the chairs of the U.K. Conference of LMCs, as Guy Watkins was before her. Cambridgeshire continues to hold such a prominent position of influence across the UK, complementing the local work we undertake each day on your behalf.

LMC Staff

Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer – Chief Executive

I completed my GP training on the Whittington VTS in 2008, and worked as a salaried GP before joining a partnership in 2010. I was previously a medical director for six LMCs across North West London for Londonwide LMCs, prior to joining Cambs LMC in 2018 supporting Guy Watkins as his deputy before becoming CEO myself in August 2019. I now keep my hand in clinical practice as a retainer close to home in Hertfordshire.

Complementary to my role leading Cambs LMC, I also represent all branches of the medical profession across the East of England as a member of BMA Council, and as the elected Deputy Chair of the U.K. Conference of LMCs, I am an ex-officio member of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (England and UK) of which I have been a member since leading trainees in 2007.  I was one of the GPs who called out the culture of sexism in wider medical politics in 2019, and am listed as one of the ten most influential GPs in the UK by Pulse Magazine. My most important and challenging role remains being mum to my two little boys.

Alice Benton – Executive Director

 

 

 

Emma Drew – Executive Officer 

I began my NHS career in 2000 at Cambridgeshire Health Authority, assisting in the local implementation of the Supplementary Lists in 2001, the Performers List in 2004 and the National Performers List in 2013.  Moving to NHS England as Project Officer in 2013 and Programme Manager in 2017, I co-ordinated the Appraisal and Revalidation portfolio and managed incoming performance concerns.

Joining Cambs LMC as Executive Officer in 2018, I brought with me, a passion for providing positive advice, support and guidance to constituents, my particular interests being the development of supportive resources, advising constituents and providing pastoral support as part of the Pastoral Support Team.

Deborah Wood – Administrator

I joined Cambs LMC in January 2015 as Administrator and my role has evolved over the years.  Prior to joining the team, I had taken some time out from working 9-5 to raise my two daughters whilst helping my husband set up his own company.

I have worked for various organisations in Administration, Facilities and HR/Payroll posts during my career.

Committee Members

Your Committee is made up of elected members. The Committee meets in full, around 10 times per year, elects officers and employs staff. Committee members are also active in other areas of LMC work such as playing a key role in the work of local clinical performance procedures for the county.

Dr Diana Hunter – Chair

I am a local GP  and Chair of Cambridgeshire LMC, having qualified from the Royal Free Hospital in 1995 and after trying the world of obstetrics moved into general practice in 2000. I initially enjoyed the experience of locums and sessional work, whilst having my family and following my husband around the world, but in 2010 took the plunge and became a part-time partner.  In 2020, I stepped back from partnership to take on more LMC work alongside a sessional role and am the current GPC regional representative for Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, sitting on the BMA Eastern Regional Council.  Married to an academic Ophthalmologist with three teenage boys, I understand only too well the challenges of work/life balance and hence is passionate about my LMC role in supporting doctors. When given time, I love swimming in big oceans, wine tasting with friends, travelling and hanging out with my border terrier, Monty.

Dr James Howard – Vice Chair

I came to general practice via a PhD in cell biology and a consequent path towards academic medicine.  Ultimately the working style and patient relationships meant more than the academia, so I have now been a partner in Soham for (almost) 20 years, the last 3 of which have been spent as managing partner in a now 3 site practice.  I have until this year, always worked in the out of hours service too, and worked as an appraiser and medical student teacher.  It has been busy but has given me a broad view of the ways in which all GPs make general practice work for their patients.  When not working, I am a keen and moderately capable bassoonist, and an equally keen but even less capable pianist, and find solace and tranquillity in the Suffolk countryside when I get the chance.

Dr Francesca Frame – Treasurer

I am a local GP, having trained in Cambridge, and worked as a salaried GP for five years before becoming a partner last year.  Elected to the LMC Committee in 2017, I have attended several national LMC Conferences as a representative, and am also LMC Treasurer.

I love my job as a GP and feel passionately about promoting and protecting the role of primary care in the wider health system.  Outside of the day job, I have two young children, and fill whatever spare time I may find with running and triathlon training.

Dr Kavita Bhardwaj

I have been working as a GP in Peterborough for over 10 years.  I am currently GP Mental Health Lead for Octagon Medical Practices.  I have a special interest in issues involving Safeguarding and Mental Health.  I have spoken on local Radio about these issues; my recent one focussed on Bullying of children and Adolescents and I am doing research into prevention of such. I have a blog called www.reverberatethelight.com.  I listen to soothing live piano  2 – 3 hours a day thanks to my talented son

Dr Ben Curtis

I’m a GP partner serving the people of Ramsey where I have a particular interest in mental health and addiction medicine. I also work as Clinical Lead for Learning Disabilities at the CCG where my goal is to champion and commission better healthcare for people with an LD and/or Autism. Out of work I enjoy the rigours of intensive weight training and Zazen with a side serving of melodic death metal (of the Finnish variety usually; turned up to 11 of course).

Dr Liz Halliday

Having completed GP registrar training in Cambridge in 2003 I have worked locally in various roles. I have experience in rural and city centre practices, and currently work in OOH and Extended Access alongside my regular salaried post. I therefore bring a varied portfolio perspective to the LMC committee. I enjoy playing the trombone in a couple of local big bands and we have recently set up a pottery studio in the garden  – our  “empty nest” project as this stage of life fast approaches.

Dr Lisa Lim

I completed my medical and GP training in Cambridge, staying on at my training practice as a salaried GP for 10 years before becoming a partner there. Particular interests of mine include womens’ health, primary care research, GP training and medical student education. Since April 2020 I have been the chair of Cambs GP Network, the GP Federation covering Cambridge, Ely, Royston and surrounding villages.

Dr Neil Modha

I am a GP and trainer at Thistlemoor Medical Centre and care for a population with challenges (language and deprivation). I have had previous roles on the CCG including Accountable Officer and I continue with management focused roles including Chair of the Federation, Co-chair of the Northern Alliance as well as being part of the STP board. I am currently doing some work to think about how we pro-actively improve the health and wellbeing of an inner city population through health and wellbeing coaches and links to other professionals to support patients. I have 2 young children who help keep my heart young and my wallet empty!

Dr James Morrow

I am Managing Partner of Granta Medical Practices, a single GMS list practice with five sites and some 44,000 patients across South Cambs.

I am a board member of the Cambridge and Peterborough STP and co-chair its South Provider Alliance.

Dr Paula Newton

Having trained locally, I worked as a GP partner for over 2 decades and am now a locum and portfolio GP. I enjoy the variety of my roles and am fortunate to be involved in GP training, working as a medical student examiner, alongside supporting GPs through appraisal. My core role is seeing patients in general practice and during the covid pandemic I have ventured into remote working for the CCAS 111 service which has been a new challenge!

Dr Simon Poole

I am GP partner at Firs House Surgery in Histon.  Past Chair of Cambs LMC and GPC Regional Representative, Fellow of the British Medical Association and Joint Clinical Director Cambridge Northern Villages Primary Care Network. 

Dr Clare Routledge

Dr Richard Weyell

I am a Londoner at heart, but after 27 years as a GP in Huntingdon I have learned the advantages of the Cambridgeshire way of practice.  I qualified at the London Hospital Medical School in 1985 and undertook my VTS at Laindon Health Centre in Essex. In 1993 I moved to Huntingdon where I have practiced ever since. I have been a LMC member for many years.  My medical interests, of course, centre around General Practice and its vital role in the NHS family. I also spent many years as a GPSI in Addiction Medicine.  I now work as a Freelance GP (primarily as a Locum and in the Extended Hours Service).  

I have 2 daughters who are now very much grown up but not necessarily financially independent!  In 2011 and again in 2018 I had the opportunity to experience our Local NHS as a patient – this has been enlightening.

Dr Sean Culloty

I have worked as a GP in St Ives since 1998 and seen many changes in the last 20 years, especially during the current pandemic.

I have always been interested in the Out of Hours service and work at 111 most weekends. I am married with two children and enjoy cycling and sailing.

Dr Emma Gayton

I completed my GP training on the Huntingdon VTS in 2014 and became a GP Partner at Grove Medical Practice (formally Cromwell Place Surgery) shortly after.  I have developed a keen interest in both local and national NHS policy and have had the privilege of being a LMC committee member for 3 years.  I am currently Clinical Director of St. Ives PCN and have a clinical interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology.  Outside of medicine I enjoy travelling, spa days, Formula 1, Gin and a newfound interest in gardening.

Dr Steve Jones

I completed my GP training in Cambridge in 1991. Since then I have spent most of my time as a partner at East Barnwell Health Centre in Cambridge.  Since 2019, I now fill my time in a variety of roles including doing some locum work, sessions in Addenbrookes ED and the Extended Hours service, GP Appraisals, CQC work and I also work for the Court Service. I have been an LMC member since 1996.  My passion is travelling, mainly in Asia, sadly very curtailed of late. However, the corona virus and lockdown has given me a welcome chance to resurrect my stamp collection (which some also consider sad!)

Dr Harshad Mistry

Better known as ‘H’ to everyone, who has ever met me, I am Senior Partner at Thomas Walker Medical Centre @ Octagon in Peterborough. I have had the honour to serve on the LMC since 1991 and see our LMC evolve into the truly diverse, effective organisation it is today, in representing and celebrating the diversity of local general practice.  I also had the pleasure of serving as the organisation’s Vice Chair for 8 years, as well serving on its employment group, and being one it’s representatives on the Professional Advisory Group (PAG) for over a decade.

Dr Mike Moor

After 32 years as a partner at Eaton Socon I stepped down in 2019 and am now working part-time as a locum, doing a regular day for a local practice, which allows me to continue training and also some work for the West Cambs Federation. This has given me a new viewpoint for LMC work.

Dr Kathryn Newell

I have been a local GP, both salaried and a partner over the last 20 years in a semi-rural practice that is now part of a super practice.  I am married with two teenage children and apart from wanting to contribute my experience and organisational memory to the wonderful team that is the LMC, I enjoy gardening and running.

Dr Duncan Outram

I trained in Cambridge and Huntington and has been a partner at Alconbury and Brampton Surgery for 21 years. I am a trainer and have been an LMC Committee Member for over 15 years.

Dr Nathalie Rodriguez-McCullough

I have been a partner at Buckden and Little Paxton Surgeries since February 2020 after CCTing in January 2020.  I am originally from Spain and, during medical school in Valladolid, I represented students on the faculty board as well as IFMSA with different roles. I also worked with the European Commission leading and setting up the Alcohol Policy Youth Network, representing young people at the European Commission and World Health Organisation. I have been in the UK since 2014 and during my time as BMA Rep at Hinchingbrooke Hospital I played a key role in getting most of the rotas rebanded. I was Deputy Chair of the Regional Junior Doctors Committee, GP Trainee Rep for the East of England and also BMA’s GP Trainee Committee Education & Training Lead.

Dr Jo Scrivens

I am a GP retainer working near Ely and am also a presenter with Red Whale. 

Dr Jenny Wheatley

I was elected to the LMC in 2011 and am proud to have been the first sitting committee member to have taken maternity leave.  I am a trainer and executive partner in a rural dispensing practice and combine this work with being a mum to 2 active boys. I understand the challenges working GP parents face and as a trainer I want to ensure that our young doctors see their future working within the county. I am a member of the LMC Pastoral Support Team and have undertaken the SHAPES Ambassador coaching training. My interests used to be live music and wine tasting but now, sadly, it appears to be finding vital pieces of missing Lego and naming the alien heroes in Ben 10! In my spare time (whatever that is) I have recently completed the Couch to 5K programme and take joy in discovering new routes to explore. I still love my job and think general practice is the most interesting and challenging speciality. We will always need strong representation, locally and nationally, to ensure we can retain the correct level of funding and support in order to meet the needs of our patients, now and in the future.

Committee GP Speciality Registrar Advisors

 GP Specialty Registrar Advisors are also co-opted to the Committee in addition to the elected members.

 

Dr Fatima Alkali

 

Dr Nanette Kelly

I am representative for the GP trainees on the West Cambridgeshire GPVTS scheme on the LMC. As of August 2020, I will be an ST3 based at Alconbury and Brampton. I graduated from Southampton University in 2011, and spent a few years doing ACCS (Emergency Medicine Stream) over at Addenbrookes, before making the switch to GP training. Having been a Junior Doctor for 9 years now, I have developed a bit of a passion for making sure that trainees are adequately supported in their workplace particularly when it comes to their employment rights. I work part time, and spend the rest of my time looking after my 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl, who keep me very busy! 

Dr Liam Loftus

I am the Cambs LMC VTS Representative for the Cambridge Scheme. I’m currently a GP ST1 trainee working in Paediatrics at Addenbrooke’s, after spending 6 months at Staploe Medical Centre. My aim in this role is to act as a link between the LMC and the VTS, ensuring that all trainees are aware of both the work of the LMC, and how they can access its support.

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