Dr Alan McCubbin
I am originally from Edinburgh (where I qualified in 1988). Having completed house jobs and an A&E job in the North East, I joined the Army full time in 1990. Over the next 8 years I was based in Germany with operational deployents to the Gulf War, Northern Ireland and Bosnia whilst completing my training as a GP and GP Trainer. In 1998 I moved back to the UK as a GP partner in Ashington, Northumberland. In 2010 I moved to Woodlands Park Health Centre, Wideopen where I have practiced ever since. In 2018 I retired as a GP trainer having supported 37 GP Registrars through their training over 22 years. In addition I have been an MRCGP examiner since 2006 and regularly participate in the CSA exam.
As LMC Chair my role is to act as a representative of all GPs in Newcastle and North Tyneside, supporting the Honorary Secretary with their duties and chairing regular meetings of the LMC. Working closely with the Honorary Secretary I attend regular meetings with local stakeholders including CCGs, Acute Trusts, NHS bodies, GP Federations, GP practices and individual GPs. I aim to ensure that the "GP voice" is heard loud and clear at all levels and provide "hands-on" support where needed for practices, individual GPs and other key stakeholders.
Away from work I am married to a GP and have two grown-up boys. I enjoy music of all kinds, am an enthusiastic student of karate and passionately support the Newcastle Falcons!
Dr Bill Westwood
I grew up in Shropshire & completed my medical training in Aberdeen. I first came to the North-East to do my vocational training as a GP in 1986 and except for a brief stint in Skye, have worked here ever since. I have been an LMC member for over 20 years and Honorary Secretary of both Newcastle & North Tyneside & Gateshead & South Tyneside LMCs since April. I previously served as chair of Gateshead & South Tyneside LMC.
I retired from practice in May this year, partially to allow me the time to devote to the Secretary’s role.
As Honorary Secretary my responsibility is to ensure that the LMC functions in its role to support local GPs, practices and also represents the interests of sessional GPs who are now represented on both committees. This involves regular meetings with local stakeholders such as the CCG, acute trusts, NHSE and other organisations whose work impacts on general practice. I also meet with GPs and practices as required.
Dr Samantha Graham
I graduated from Newcastle University in 2000. I have been a GP partner in two differently challenging practices here for over 10 years which has allowed me to appreciate the complexities of both small and large practice working. I am in current partnership at Saville Medical Group. My portfolio career has seen me working as a GP in A&E, a GPwSI Diabetes at the Newcastle Diabetes Centre, being Chair of a Practice Based Commissioning Group in 2010 and upon their behalf have engaged in discussions about the future of General Practice with the Health Minister at Downing Street. I am proud to be a GP Trainer and I passionately look forward to developing and supporting the future generation of GPs.