Locum, Salaried & Sessional GPs

A Guide for GPs in Lancashire & Cumbria

The LMC represents all GPs including salaried and locums. We are very aware that the number of salaried and freelance / locum GPs have risen substantially over recent years with approximately 965 such GPs in Cumbria & Lancashire.

Lancashire & Cumbria LMCs aims to help all GPs including salaried and locum GPs, whatever their contractual status, on all matters relating to General Practice including: remuneration and terms and conditions of service, locum agreements, complaints and disputes, partnership and practice management issues.

Sessional GPs’ Groups in Cumbria & Lancashire

The Lancashire Sessional GP Group is a formal group of GPs who meet bi-monthly usually on the first Tuesday at the Education Centre, Royal Preston Hospital from 19:30 – 21:30. Guest speakers are often arranged followed by a business meeting covering issues relevant to Sessional GPs including appraisal and revalidation. All Sessional GPs are welcome.

If you wish to attend any of the meetings or be added to the distribution list please contact Maria Mulberry.

The Morecambe Bay Sessional GP Group is an informal group of GPs who meet bi-monthly with an interest in keeping up to date to help with appraisal and revalidation. Meetings include guest speakers and self-directed learning. All Sessional GPs are welcome to attend. We usually meet either in Lancaster at King Street Surgery or Bailrigg Health Centre on the Lancaster University campus, or at the Education Centre at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal. The meeting time is usually 8pm.

If you wish to attend any of the meetings or be added to the distribution list please contact Dr R Grenfell.

The North Cumbria Sessional GP Group is an informal group of Sessional GPs (whether Locum, Retainer or Salaried) who meet monthly for a programme of Educational meetings.  We have a guest speaker and meetings also provide a forum for peer support, case review and SEA. Excellent for networking and to support you in your preparation for appraisal and Revalidation. Meetings are generally the second week of the month alternating the day of the week and venue (Penrith, Cockermouth, Wigton, Keswick).  Gather from 7.00 p.m. for tea/coffee, educational talk starts promptly 7.30 p.m. concluding 9.15 p.m. Come along, all are most welcome and meetings are friendly and informal.

If you wish to attend any of our meetings or simply want to be added to the distribution list please contact  Dr Jane Baxter via Maria Mulberry.

We do not hold a complete list of locum details as they are not available to us. If however you would like to be included in our distribution list for newsletters, bulletins and future meetings please send us your details to Enquiries@nwlmcs.org

Locum GPs as LMC Representatives

Many local and national issues have particular relevance to sessional and locum GPs; therefore, we have places for sessional and locum GPs on each of our 4 LMCs Committees.

If you have a burning issue you would like us to investigate or discuss at the committee meeting, please ring us on 01772 863806 or email us. Your current representatives are:

Dr S Baier – Central Lancashire & Chair of the Sessional GP Group

Dr M Lupton – Central Lancashire

Vacancy – Lancashire Coastal

Dr Jane Baxter – Cumbria

Dr Veena Rao – Cumbria

Dr CC Coyle – Lancashire Coastal

Dr Y Patel – Lancashire Pennine

North West GP Locum website – Dr John Bidwell GP Locum Retired

If you would like to advertise your availability then register your details at the North West GP Locum website www.gplocum.org. The site is hosted by Dr Bidwell a retired GP in East Lancashire is free to use, it is not an agency and is the first port of call that LMC directs practice managers in Lancashire & Cumbria if they require a locum.

External Links & Information

We recognise that there are issues of particular interest to non-principal GPs and set out below are a number of links which you may find useful:

Related News and Library Documents

28th November 2013: Flu vaccinations for locum GPs

Arrangements for flu vaccinations for locum GPs has finally been resolved and NHS England and GPC have agreed that locum GPs should attend the practice where they are registered as patients to get their flu vaccination. The practice can then claim the payment via CQRS using the Read code 9OX4, which will be acceptable to the area teams.

A statement to this effect is available on the BMA website.