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Salford, Stockport & Trafford LMC Guidance


Providing support for General Practice in Salford, Stockport & Trafford

Salford, Stockport 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.

CQC Improvement Plan

Salford, Stockport and Trafford LMC offers a support programme to any Salford, Stockport Trafford GP practice who have received either a ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’ inspection rating from CQC.

The LMC have provided support to Practices who have needed to develop and implement a CQC improvement plan in order to ensure CQC and contractual compliance.

The LMC support offer includes:

  • Advice to practice during draft process when practices are given the opportunity to submit corrections/challenge to report
  • CQC report dissection and formulation of detailed improvement plan
  • Advice on developing action plan narrative in response to CQC request and submission of evidence post CQC report publication
  • Advice on responding to Commissioners request on evidence in relation to potential contractual breaches
  • Development and delivery of GP practice listening event for all staff in order to engage and ensure team ownership of practice improvements and embedment
  • Follow-up visits to discuss progress as required
  • Offer of mock inspections pre-CQC re-inspection

Our LMC has compiled information based on the supporting evidence tables CQC have published, this along with CQC inspection reports during 2019 so far in Salford, Stockport and Trafford and can be accessed via the Members Only section within our Resource Library.


Since November 2019 the LMC have had a retainer agreement with LMC LAW in place who provide advice and support to the LMC and our member practices. The services offered includes;

Primary Care Networks Advice on all aspects of Primary Care Networks PCN schedules as part of the PCN network agreement, advice on structure, risk and staff sharing agreements including but not limited to contracts for the provision of clinical pharmacists, social prescribers, extended access, and any other type of service delivery.

GP Contracts Advice on all aspects of GP Core contracts (GMS/PMS and APMS), including but not limited to: all subsidiary legislation, new amendments/updates, PMS reviews, terminations, closures, mergers and caretaking arrangements, enhanced services.

Information Governance Advice in respect of GDPR, data protection, including but not limited to privacy notices, updates, Subject Access Requests, seminars and training, data sharing agreements, and general advice specific to healthcare.

Corporate Commercial Advice A robust and comprehensive service to assist federations in set up, sustainability, business management, corporate governance, internal policy, service level agreements with member practices and PCNs. They draft bespoke articles of association, and shareholder agreements, we also undertake corporate conversions to community interest companies.

Disputes and Litigation All types of disputes (whether formal or informal) making every effort to resolve them in a practical and effective manner. They have access to experienced litigators, and arbitrators familiar with the healthcare and other commercial issues.

*Partnership Agreements: Drafting and updates Full partnership drafting service taking into account all new updates and clauses which reflect the relationship with the CCG and any provider arm company (at an additional cost to the partnership). Also offering reviews and addendums to existing agreements.

*Premises A robust service via their associate solicitor in respect of all commercial and NHS property work. This includes drafting and reviewing of leases, amendments, negotiation, transfers, and any other specific advice required (an additional cost may apply payable by the Practice).

In partnership with LMC Law, the LMC also offers regular seminars to members free of charge. For more details please see our events page. More information about LMC LAW and their services can be viewed on their website:

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