What is Cambs LMC?
Committee & Board Members
What is Cambridgeshire LMC Ltd?
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.
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.
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 Cambs LMC 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.
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.
The LMC Team
Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer - Chief Executive
I qualified from UCL in 2003, and completed my GP training in 2008 having led the BMA’s UK GP Trainees and nationally negotiated for junior doctors during the MTAS crisis. I was a partner in practice in Hertford until leaving to become medical director for six NW London LMCs at Londonwide in 2016. I joined the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough system in Spring 2018 before taking on the role of Chief Executive in August 2019. I have continued to practise throughout, albeit nowadays in a low volume capacity to allow my primary focus to be on the constituent GPs and practice teams across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Complementary to my role leading Cambs LMC, I represent all branches of the medical profession across the East of England on BMA Council until 2022, and I am also the elected Chair of the U.K. Conference of LMCs, since May 2021. I have been on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee since 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. I live in Hertford with my husband and children.
Alice Benton - Executive Director
I worked in primary care commissioning in the NHS in London and Cambridgeshire for almost 20 years and bring detailed knowledge of contracting, commissioning, policy and strategy.
The current ask of general practice is huge – not just in respect of patient demand and growing need, but from a health service that requires its front door to handle more and more without the additional resources to match.
Supporting general practice to find ways to reconfigure services, employ workforce, and maximise job satisfaction is what motivates me each day.
Armed with detailed knowledge of the contracts, regulations, governance and financial flows, and passion for ensuring the strength and future resilience of general practice, I ensure the input I bring to the LMC is accurate and up to date.
Emma Drew - Executive Officer Lead for Contracts, Regulation & Practice Liaison
I began my NHS career in 2000 at Cambridgeshire Health Authority, assisting in the local implementation of the 2001 Supplementary Lists and Performers Lists from 2004. From 2010, I lead in the local development of processes, ahead of the implementation of the National Performers Lists in 2013.
From 2013, I co-ordinated the Appraisal and Revalidation portfolio, and progressed to managing performance concerns in 2017.
Joining Cambs LMC in 2018, I brought with me, a passion for supporting GPs and their Teams. My particular interests being systems development, writing supportive resources, advising constituents and providing pastoral support.
Suzy Stoodley - Office Manager/Executive Assistant
For nearly 20 years, I have predominantly worked in the education sector, with extensive experience ranging from secondary school age to postgraduate level education.
In 2020, I was promoted from Office Manager to Head of Operations for a secondary school, working closely with the senior leadership team, responsible for managing whole site facilities as well as managing all operational functions of both the school and community Sports Centre.
In addition to ensuring the business of the LMC runs smoothly, I shall often be the first point of contact, working with the LMC team to support you and your practice teams.
The LMC Committee is made up of elected members and meets in full, around 10 times per year. VTS Registrar Advisors are also co-opted to the Committee in addition to the elected members.
Dr Diana Hunter -LMC Chair & Board Member
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 Sally Barnard
I am shortly due to retire as a longstanding full-time partner and move to working as a salaried GP with other portfolio interests in teaching and examining medical students. I have been heavily involved in our PCN, the Covid response and vaccinations clinics, and have long-term clinical interests in Diabetes, MSK and Women’s Health. I have also led on CQC, QOF and other external requirements. I have much relevant experience to contribute to the LMC committee and will promote a robust and common-sense approach for the benefit of all local GPs and their patients.
Dr Ben Curtis - Board Member
I am a GP partner serving the people of Ramsey, PCN Clinical Director for Fenland and a GP Cardiologist. I have previous experience as a CCG clinical lead for Learning Disabilities and worked in various secondary/tertiary care settings across the West Midlands and Cambridgeshire during my training.
I am passionate about ensuring a well-resourced general practice and regularly champion the needs of our local core practices in meetings with federations, commissioners and PCN clinical directors. I spoke at the last two national LMC conferences about an out-of-touch NHS England; including the dangers of a bloated and micromanaged PCN agenda. I am delighted to serve on the committee and board of such a progressive LMC.
Out of work I enjoy the rigours of intensive weight training with a side serving of melodic death metal (of the Finnish variety usually; turned up to 11 of course).
Dr Alisdair Macnair
I have been a GP for 15 years in and around Cambridge and am currently a GP Partner at East Barnwell Health Centre alongside being an out of hours GP and a trainer. Previously I was the Associate Dean for Foundation for GP School and Chair of Cambridge GP Trainers’ Group. I have happily listened to and represented GPs and other colleagues in all of these roles. Sometime pitch side dad, medical charity trustee and fundraiser. I have a keen interest in medical education and developing the future NHS workforce, particularly from local schools. I am honoured to serve on Cambs LMC and be an inclusive and forthright voice for local GPs and practices.
Dr Paula Newton - Board Member
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 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 Jessica Randall-Carrick
I qualified as a GP in 2015 so still consider myself quite ‘new’. I am currently the CCG Clinical Lead for Obesity and Diabetes and in the past, I served for 12 years in the British Army. I hope that this experience enables me to positively contribute and bring a fresh perspective to LMC conversations and I look forward to enthusiastically representing all GPs, especially Portfolio and Salaried.
Dr Jo Scrivens - Board Member
Having trained locally, I have spent time working as a locum, a salaried GP, a GP partner and a GP retainer. I have very much enjoyed the flexibility and variety that a career in general practice has given me. My present portfolio role outside of general practice includes being a LMC committee member, a presenter for Red Whale and working with On The Verge Cambridge
Dr Adesola Ogunmola (VTS Advisor)
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Dr James Howard - LMC Vice Chair & Board Member
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 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 Hayley Haworth
I am a First 5 salaried GP in St Ives, having grown up and trained in Cambridge. Now, more than ever, ordinary hard-working GPs need to be heard and supported. I am committed to listening to my colleagues, being their voice and acting on their behalf. I plan to use my insights, alongside my analytical skill gained working on medical and non-medical committees to seek simplification of our working practices, reduce bureaucracy and push back work to secondary care. I am committed to ensuring the fantastic work of our LMC enables General Practice to thrive.
Dr Ben Miller
As a recently qualified GP I have spent time working as a locum, a salaried GP, in OOHs and for the federation. In 2020 I became a partner at St Mary’s Practice, Ely and joined the Ely North PCN board. I am pleased to be sitting on the LMC Committee and to have the opportunity to represent the current and next generation of GPs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
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 Daniel Nlewedim
I have been a GP partner in Peterborough since 2012. I have witnessed and participated in various changes that general practice has been through over this period of time, and I have seen the importance of representation at both the local and the national levels. I have yearned for stronger representation because “It is more substantial to represent a purpose, rather than just a title.” As a member of the LMC committee, I will stand strong for the purpose of general practice. When this purpose is met, general practice and the NHS at large will continue to greater heights.
Dr Clare Routledge
Dr Nanette Kelly (VTS Advisor)
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 Francesca Frame - LMC Treasurer & Board Member
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 Duncan Blake
I have been a GP Partner in Huntingdon for 21 years and am now also a PCN Clinical Director, Trainer and Appraiser. I trained at Addenbrooke’s, Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough Hospitals and am married to a teacher with three children. These roles and experiences have convinced me of the importance of a strongly represented and well-resourced general practice to deliver effective care for patients and an attractive, sustainable future for local GPs. I have had the privilege of understanding the challenges of being a GP from many different perspectives which will inform my views as an LMC representative.
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 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 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 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 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 Toseef Sethi
I have worked in rural and City practices within Cambridgeshire as a Sessional GP and now a GP Partner for 4 years. With my roles on the CCG Ethics committee and as a PCN Clinical Director, I understand the difficulties that primary care faces. I feel passionately about engaging with the primary and secondary care interface to hold system partners to account and reduce the level of support we are having to provide to them as GPs.
Dr Jenny Wheatley
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! 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
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