Latest News - Chairman of the London Consultants’ Association

London Consultants' Association
on Mon 29 Jul

 

I have been on the Board of Directors of the London Consultants' Association for some years and am delighted to now take over as Chairman.

 

Formed in 1988, the LCA is made up of leading consultants who work in the independent sector in London and its surrounds.  Its ethos is one of which I am enormously proud - that of professional integrity, self-regulation and the maintenance of the high professional standards of the GMC, Royal Colleges and government registered organisations.

 

Patient Choice

One of the Association’s principle objectives is to maintain the rights of the patient and the doctor and the freedom of the GP and patient to actually choose their consultant under what is known as the Consultant-Patient Contract.

 

You would think that this would still exist for ethical, practical and clinical reasons wouldn’t you? But unfortunately the patient’s freedom to choose is currently being eroded by health care providers who are increasingly managing your referral pathways.

 

Working within the medical profession

The management of referral pathways is just one area of change that directly impacts upon consultants. My predecessor Professor Tolley talks about “a perfect storm” of increased regulation and a change to working practices and employment status.

 

As per many professions, it is possible to feel somewhat lonely and isolated within one’s own Practice. To address this and to support and encourage specialists the LCA offers diverse activities such as training sessions, networking opportunities and regular speakers on topical subjects.

 

The future

I am in agreement with my predecessor that we will only be able to maintain the ability for future generations of patients to have a choice in terms of expert care if we encourage young consultants into the sector - and this will be one of my main aims.

 

How to access a private consultant

London is an internationally recognised medical centre of some considerable expertise and there are private wings within university & teaching hospitals as well as many specialist postgraduate hospitals which deal with specific diseases.

 

It is not always intuitive to work out how you can access these so you may find the LCA website useful where it offers information:

 

  • If you are a UK patient with private medical insurance
  • A UK patient without private medical insurance or
  • An oversees patient seeking care in the UK

 

Tags

Acromegaly Addison's disease adolescent diabetes problems adolescent thyroid problems Adrenal crisis adrenal fatigue Adrenal glands Anovulation Autoimmune Thyroiditis Bariatric Surgery blood glucose levels CAH Charcot foot CHT Conception Congenital adrenal hyperplasia congenital hypothyroidism Consultant Endocrinologist London Cushing's disease Cushing's syndrome Depression Diabetes diabetes and oral health diabetes and sexual dysfunction diabetes in China diabetes insipidus diabetes latest Diabetic prevalence diabetic retinopathy Disability Act Down's Syndrome Dr Mark Vanderpump e-consulting endocrine system Freestyle Libre Fruit sugars gestational diabetes Gigantism Glucose Tolerance Test gluten free Goitre Graves Disease Graves Orbitopathy guthrie test hair loss Hashimoto's Disease hearing loss Heart Disease heel prick test Hormones - most important hyperparathyroidism Hyperthyroidism Hypocalcaemia Hypogonadism hypoparathyroidism hypophysitis Hypothyroidism IFG IGT immunotherapy side effects Impaired Fasting Glucose Impaired Glucose Tolerance Insulin Resistance Iodine IR iron Labour and birth late onset hypogonadism Levothyroxine Low testosterone Mark Vanderpump MEN1 MEN2 metabolic syndrome mood changes morning sickness Multiple endocrine neoplasia neuroendocrine tumour Obesity older patients online doctor Osteoporosis overactive thyroid Pancreas Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic Diabetes parathyroid glands Patient Resources Patient Support Groups PCOS PCOS and acne PCOS and fertility PCOS and Insulin PCOS diet Pituitary Gland POF Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Post menopause thyroid problem Post pregnancy thyroid problem postnatal diabetes medication postnatal thyroid medication Prader-Willi Syndrome pre-eclampsia prediabetes pregnancy Pregnancy and Diabetes Pregnancy and Thyroid Disease Premature Ovarian Failure prolactinomas PTH puberty Sheehan's Syndrome Skin tags T4 Tara Palmer Tomkinson testosterone The endocrine system Thyroid Thyroid disease in children thyroid nodules Thyroid Storm Thyroiditis Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis Thyroxine TSH levels TSH Testing Type 1 diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Type 3 diabetes underactive thyroid Vitamin D Waist circumference

Please get in touch

Phone: 07565 978310

Contact form