About Us

Representing around 75 Practices and 330 GPs, covering 500,000 registered patients in the Salford & Trafford area

Your Local Medical Committee


Salford & Trafford LMC operates across both Salford and Trafford representing in total, around 75 Practices and 330 GPs, covering a total population of 500,000 residents. We exist solely to represent, advise and support GPs and their Practices.

For more detailed information on the work of the LMCs please see GPC - The work of the LMC in England and Wales.

What is a Local Medical Committee?


LMCs vary in size and are a committee recognised by statute as the representative body for all General Practitioners and their Practices; whether GMS, PMS, principal, sessional, locum or registrar, the LMC is here for you and to represent you.

LMCs were first established in 1911 (when they were known as Local Panel Committees) and were the local representative voice of doctors. Over a hundred years later, LMCs remain the only locally elected and representative body for all General Practitioners. The LMC operates as the link between local GPs and their national negotiating body, the General Practitioners Committee (GPC). The GPC is an established and permanent Committee of the British Medical Association (BMA) and is recognised as the sole negotiating body for all NHS GPs.

The GPC is guided by policy decisions determined at the LMC Annual Conference. This is the main policy-making event where representatives from LMCs nationally debate motions which reflect local GP concerns and objectives. The LMC Conference is the body to whom the GPC is directly accountable.

Supporting You


Salford and Trafford LMC provide advice and support to assist GPs and their Practices. As an independent body, we act as an advocate and offer help on all matters relevant to general practice. The following list is not exhaustive, but demonstrates some of the areas in which the LMC can advise:-

  • professionally led regulation and professional standards including conduct and performance
  • occupational health issues
  • GP contracts
  • complaints
  • partnership issues
  • NHS regulations / legislation
  • policy from CCG, Council, NHS England, CQC or any other organisation
  • CQC compliance including turnaround
  • disputes between GPs and other bodies, eg CCGs, providers, other public bodies etc
  • medical reports / certification
  • premises / estates issues
  • education and training

And if your query is outside of the LMC knowledge and expertise, we are often able to signpost you to the most appropriate person.

Elected Members


There are 3 committees in total comprising of an Executive Committee, a Salford Subcommittee and a Trafford Subcommittee.

The LMC is a democratic organisation. Members are elected for a 3 year term of office and all GPs in our areas are invited to stand and to vote. All GPs across our areas are informed of forthcoming elections in advance and it is very easy to stand as you can self-nominate. If there are vacancies on the subcommittee the LMC can co-opt members mid-3 year term. On each of the subcommittees we look to have a minimum of 1 GP partner representative per neighbourhood, 1 Practice manager, 1 salaried GP and 1 sessional GP from across each locality.

The subcommittee members are then able to self-nominate in order to become an Executive Committee member once they have been on a Subcommittee for a minimum of one year.

The Executive Committee roles in addition to the employed Chief Executive Officer comprise of a Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary and are responsible for ensuring the LMC undertakes is regulatory obligations and represents Salford and Trafford General Practice in a multitude of forums (see external meetings section).

Both the Subcommittees meet 11 times a year to discuss policy and matters relevant to General Practice locally, as does the Executive.

The Subcommittee meetings have a standing agenda and invite updates from the CCG, Council, GP Federations, and Greater Manchester Health and Social Partnership, with the opportunity for special business consisting of issues brought to the attention of the LMC.

The Staff Team


In addition, we have an Executive Assistant who supports the Executive with GP and practice liaison, co-ordinating meetings, planning events, training and education, maintaining relationships with other organisations and advising GPs and practices.

If you would like to know what goes on at an LMC Meeting, you are welcome to attend a meeting as an observer at any time. To arrange a visit, please contact the LMC Secretariat who will be happy to organise a date with you. If you are keen to contribute and influence events in your local area, please contact us at any time to discuss the possibility of LMC membership, should there be a vacancy.

Meet the Executive Team


Chief Executive with Treasurer Responsibilities

Eve Mannerings

Eve qualified as a RGN in 1999 and worked as Specialist Nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital until 2005. She spent the next 11 years in numerous roles within Manchester and Trafford CCGs, with the most recent position as Primary Care Quality Lead in Trafford CCG.

Eve joined the LMC as Chief Executive in October 2016 and enjoys using her Nursing and Commissioning background to make positive changes on behalf of General Practice across the Health and Social care system in both Salford and Trafford.

Her professional passions are forming strong relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring efficiency and fairness, reducing inequality and injustice and bringing about positive change. In her spare time she loves photography and spending time with her 2 children.

Chair

Dr Aarya Prabhakaran

Dr Prabhakaran qualified in 1998 and completed his GP VTS scheme in Trafford and Salford in 2006. He has been a GP partner since 2008 and currently, managing partner of Firsway health centre in Sale. He also works for GTD Healthcare as a GP advisor dealing with clinical complaints and performance. In addition Dr Prabhakaran is a GP trainer, appraiser and works as a GP specialist advisor for CQC.

He is passionate about improving efficiency, quality and reducing bureaucracy in General Practice.

Vice Chair

Dr Jenny Walton

Dr Walton trained at Hope and has worked ever since in the Salford area as GP partner, locum and salaried GP for the past 30 years. She had a brief sojourn into occupational health in the mid 1990s but missed general practice so much that she had to return to it. She is married to local GP, Martin Hayes. She is the clinical lead for older people and integrated care for the CCG and became a member of the LMC representing salaried GPs in 2011 and relishes the opportunity to fight the cause of Salford and Trafford GPs in these ever changing times in our beloved NHS.

She feels she may be a novice when it comes to medical politics but is passionate about her colleagues and will do everything in her power to represent them.

P.S. She has been known to tread the "boards" from time to time and has recently had "the joyous experience of working with Kay Mellor" on the BBC drama "The Syndicate" where she appeared briefly opposite Timothy Spall; watch this space.

Secretary

Dr Siobhan Brennan

Dr Siobhan Brennan is a General Practitioner, practicing at Ordsall Health Surgery (in the Ordsall and Claremont Neighbourhood). She qualified as MBBAOBCh MRCGP in Galway, Ireland in 1995 and has previously worked as a salaried and portfolio GP. She is also a local representative for the GPC.

Dr Brennan specialises in family medicine with a special interest in sports medicine and mental health, and also has a keen focus on GP resilience and workforce planning. In particular, she is interested in helping patients achieve or maintain their fitness goals. In her spare time, Dr Brennan also runs ultramarathons and triathlons for fun – when she’s not running round after her own family!

Executive Assistant

Kerrie Rowlands

Executive Assistant - Kerrie joined the LMC in May 2011 and continues to provide the Executive with all aspects of business support services. She has seen the role evolve and develop over the years and continues to enjoy the variety and flexibility the role gives her. She has been amazed at how complex GP contracts are, and how busy the LMC is as an organisation.

Outside of work, Kerrie enjoys spending time with her family and long walks in the countryside with her dog.

Meet the Subcommittees


Salford Subcommittee


Name Role Primary Care Network (PCN)
Dr Jenny Walton GP Salford Subcommittee Chair
Dr Siobhan Brennan GP Ordsall Health Surgery (Ordsall and Claremont)
Janine Crowshaw PM Clarendon Surgery (Ordsall and Claremont)
Dr Helen Forster GP Willow Tree (Broughton)
Dr Pierina Kapur GP Chapel Medical Centre (Eccles and Irlam)
Lyndsay Rodway PM Springfield (Eccles and Irlam)
Andrea Simpson PM Silverdale Medical Centre (Swinton)
Dr Sheetal Trivedi GP The Sides Medical Centre (Swinton)
Dr Zoe Williams GP The Gill Medical Practice (Walkden and Little Hulton)

Salford Subcommittee is held at Salford Innovation Centre, 51 Frederick Road, M6 6FP on the 4th Wednesday of each month (with the exception of August and December). The meeting is 1300-1430, with lunch available from 1230. Attendance is by invitation or request only.


Trafford Subcommittee


Name Role Primary Care Network (PCN)
Dr Aarya Prabhakaran GP Chair of Trafford Subcommittee
Dr Joe Chandy GP North Traff Group Practice (North)
Dr Rachel Howard GP Davyhulme Medical Centre (West)
Dr Colin Kelman GP Shay Lance Medical Centre (Altrincham Healthcare Alliance)
Alison Overton PM Boundary House Medical Centre (Central)
Joanne Panter PM St Johns Medical Centre (Altrincham Healthcare Alliance)
Dr Scott Pearson GP Firsway Health Centre (Central)
Dr Manish Prasad GP Sessional GP
Caroline Scott Williams PM Lostock Medical Centre (North)
Dr Dev Shah GP Grove Medical Practice (South)

Trafford Subcommittee is held at the LifeChurch Manchester, 235 Washway Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 4BP on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (with the exception of August and December). The meeting is 1300-1430, with lunch available from 1230. Attendance is by invitation or request only.



Representation at External meetings


In more recent years, the LMC has been invited to attend a number of meetings as a key stakeholder in Salford and Trafford. A member of the Executive is in attendance at the below meetings on a regular basis. This allows the LMC to be at the heart of the decision making process and provides the opportunity to influence and collaborate ensuring commissioning decisions are co-produced with the maximum benefit to patients and the health and social care system, ensuring an independent voice of General Practice is represented.

Salford


CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee Part 1
Primary Care Operations Group Meeting
Practice Managers’ Forum
CCG Members Event
Salford Integrated Record Governance and Strategy Groups


Other


GMHSP GP Excellence Working Group
GMHSP Primary Care Advisory Group
The Association of Greater Manchester LMCs
LMC UK Conference
LMC England Conference
LMC Secretaries Conference

Trafford


CCG Governing body
CCG AGM
Council of Members meeting
TCCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee Part 1
TCCG Primary Care Strategy Delivery Group
Trafford LCA Systems Board
Trafford LCA Provider Board
Trafford CCG Primary Care Early warning signs Development group
CCG Primary Care Quality Improvement Group
CCG Flu Group
CCG Local Commissioned Services Group
CCG Education Event