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Sessional and Trainee GPs

Sessional GP Sub Committee represents:

- Salaried GPs (full and part time)
- Locum/Freelance GPs
- GP Retainers
- Flexible Career Schemes (FCS) Doctors
- GP Returners
- GP Trainees

Bro Taf LMC covers Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan and represents over 700 GPs in the area. The Committee has elected and co-opted members (see the "who's who" section for full details). Represented sessional GPs can get elected on to the Committee via the constituency seats, but we also for the time being have four designated co-opted sessional GP seats.

How the LMC works for sessional GPs, locum GPs and trainee GPs

- give you regular updates on local and national issues through newsletters and direct e-mailings;
- give advice and support to individual sessional GPs;
- provide guidance on employment contracts;
- help ensure fair play between employers and sessional GPs;
- advise on appraisal and revalidation;
- support any sessional GP with professional difficulties (eg complaints and performance issues).

Please note: The LMC is not a Trade Union and cannot operate as a Trade Union. The LMC can support GPs in a dispute, but cannot intervene in disputes or force parties concerned to comply with advice given. The BMA is the doctors' Trade Union, and can give expert advice to BMA Members and can intervene formally in disputes on behalf of a BMA Members or Members. However, the BMA cannot give individual legal or financial advice.

Members of the Bro Taf Sessional GP Sub Committee: 

Dr Matthew Whitcombe, Chair 
Dr Avkash Jain, Vice Chair
Dr Peter Brooks
Dr Bethan Roberts 
Dr Tom DeSouza
Dr Has Shah
Dr Gemma Harverson
Dr Oliver Williams
Dr Daniel Herbert (trainee GP)

Letter to all Sessional GPs in Bro Taf

Employment Contracts

- Salaried GP model contract and model offer letter - BMA guidance    

- Minimum terms and conditions for Salaried GPs

- Contract guidance for GPs in non-standard roles

BMA Locum practice agreement (model practice/locum agreement)  


Useful guidance documents and links:

- BMA Sessional GP Sub Committee

- BMA Trainee GP Sub Committee

-  GP Locum Guide on IR 35 

- Locum toolkit for appraisal and revalidation (by Wessex LMC)

- MARS Wales GP Appraisal website (includes details of local training events as well as
   comprehensive information about GP appraisal)

- BMA Tips for working out of hours for Sessional GPs 

- BMA Fees  


Known sessional GP and CPD groups in South Wales

- BMA guidance 'How to set up an develop a sessional GP group' (January 2012)

- Facebook group for discussion of locum issues, CPD and anonymised cases.  Associated website for finding work.

- Tiko's GP group - useful online forum on facebook for discussing work or clinical (anonymised and with consent for photos)