Sessional GPs (salaried & locum)
Sessional GPs make up approximately 50% of the GP workforce in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and North Yorkshire & the City of York.
YORLMC is funded through a practice based levy which covers all GPs. As a sessional GP, you have the opportunity to be represented through YORLMC Ltd at no cost to you personally, meaning your views can be represented fairly and adequately by YORLMC when determining and negotiating policy.
Sessional GPs are an important and significant part of the workforce and YORLMC’s Corporate Affairs Team is working hard to improve its engagement with you. We encourage all sessional GPs to share their contact details with us so that we can keep you updated with information that is relevant to you. As long as we have an up to date email address you will receive information relating to:
- training and events, many of which attract CPD
- newsletters, including those aimed specifically at sessional GPs
- invitations to attend locality Locality meetings which provide the opportunity to meet with GP colleagues and discuss matters that are relevant to individual localities.
- email alerts and other important updates.
YORLMC recognises the diversity of contracts held by GPs and is aware of the importance of ensuring that a wide cross-section of GPs are represented and there are seats on each Branch of YORLMC to which salaried and locum GPs can be elected:
Bradford & Airedale Branch
Salaried and locum GPs are eligible to stand for all locality seats. The following sessional GPs currently hold seats on the Bradford & Airedale Branch:
Dr Maria Foulds - Salaried
Dr Kathryn Howe - Salaried
Dr Murniah Skinner - Salaried
Dr Val Wilson – Locum
North Yorkshire Branch
Salaried and locum GPs are eligible to stand for all locality seats. The following sessional GPs currently occupy seats on the North Yorkshire Branch:
Dr Tillmann Jacobi – Locum
Dr Brian McGregor – Salaried
Please remember that YORLMC Locality meetings take place regularly within individual localities. These meetings are open to any GP regardless of contractual status and all GPs are invited to contribute to agendas and take an active role in discussions.
Meeting dates for Bradford, Airedale Wharfedale and Craven locality meetings can be found here and North Yorkshire & York locality meetings here. Please let the Corporate Affairs Team know if you plan to attend on a particular date.
Yorkshire & Humber sessional LMC group
YORLMC representatives attend meetings of the Yorkshire & Humber sessional LMC Group. This is a formal group, made up of sessional LMC members promoting the interests of sessional GP colleagues across Y&H.
Advice and support
YORLMC is a source of confidential advice to individual GPs, in the case of salaried and sessional GPs this could include:
- complaints made about you by practices you have worked for
- concerns you may wish to raise confidentially about practices you have worked in
- access to the LMC’s Pastoral Network service
YORLMC is unable to provide employment advice to individual sessional Drs as this falls within the remit of the BMA’s employment advice service.
YORLMC Sessional GP Bulletin
YORLMC produces a monthly bulletin with information and guidance that may be of particular interest and relevance to sessional GP's. A copy of the latest bulletin can be found below:
The GPC’s Sessional GPs Subcommittee
The Sessional GPs Subcommittee is part of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC). It provides national representation for all salaried and locum GPs and it:
- considers all matters of interest for sessional GPs
- leads on all GPC issues that primarily affect sessional GPs
- responds to relevant consultations affecting sessional GPs.
The BMA website includes news, advice and guidance for sessional doctors which can be accessed here
A BMA model locum practice agreement has been developed jointly by GPC and the sessional GP Sub-Committee with the help of BMA Law.
This has been developed with the aim of benchmarking good practice for locums and practices. BMA Members who use the locum practice agreement can check any terms and conditions they are offered with the BMA contract checking service
During April 2018, the GPC’s Sessional GPs subcommittee updated its guidance on NHS Pensions following meetings with PCSE and NHS England. NHS England withdrew their support to Capita and the delivery of the PCSE contract in January 2018, which brought unease as to how the service will continue and whether Capita will be able to deliver. This guidance aims to address the main questions that sessional GPs have raised.
Additionally, the following will also be of particular relevance to sessional GPs