Mersey Faculty

Welcome from Mersey Faculty

A warm welcome from Mersey Faculty. We support over 2,400 members, Fellows, AiTs and students across Merseyside and Cheshire in their career and continued professional development. The Mersey faculty covers the following areas:

  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Sefton
  • Knowsley
  • Halton and St Helens
  • East & West Cheshire
  • Isle of Man

We offer a wide range of training opportunities throughout the year for all our members as well as non-members of the college. Please view the link below for all our latest events. We can also look at providing ad-hoc training opportunities to groups of 12 or more delegates on specific topics. Please contact the Mersey office for further information.

View all learning and social events in Mersey

Our blog

Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

Get involved

Faculty Board

Our Faculty board meet four times per year in February, June, September and November and is made up of GP volunteers and Lay representatives. We also have representation from local groups such as student's groups, First 5 and AiTs. 

We rely on volunteers to play an active role locally, give views, feed in information from local groups and shape local general practice via the Mersey Faculty board. The board also feeds into RCGP Council meetings at national level where the thoughts and views of local GPs are often sought at board level.

The board have a number of opportunities for you to become more active with the local faculty, for example, faculty fellowship committee, faculty social committee, faculty bursary and awards committee, council representatives, First 5 lead, AiT lead, Education advisor, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Deputy Chair, Chair and Provost. 

We are keen to encourage local GPs to become members of the board and play an active role in the faculty. If this is something you would consider then please contact the Mersey office at today.

Peer Groups

RCGP Mersey Faculty have a number of peer groups that you can attend free of charge. View all the local groups across your region.

If you would like to set up a peer group in your area please contact the Faculty office for advice.

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Michael Van Dessel







Dr Michael Van Dessel, FRCGP Chair

Shiv Pande







Dr Shiv Pande. Provost Faculty

  • Dr Bennett Quinn - Honorary Secretary 
  • Dr Kishor Vithlani, FRCGP - Honorary Treasurer and Education Lead

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Sian Alexander-White
  • Dr Farah Burki
  • Dr Niall Campbell
  • Dr Nigel Chatwin
  • Dr Jonathan Griffiths
  • Dr Pusbar Grocock
  • Dr Simon Hargreaves
  • Dr KJ Harrison, MRCGP
  • Dr Humera Hasan - First5 Lead
  • Dr Simon Kan
  • Dr Surendra Kumar
  • Dr Abhinandan Mantgani, FRCGP
  • Dr Thomas Micklewright
  • Dr Rena Ohri
  • Dr Shuvam Roy 
  • Dr Ketaki Shrivastava
  • Dr Andrew Spooner – Council Representative
  • Dr Tatiana Tchikhiaeva
  • Dr Simon Tobin
  • Dr Abdul Zubairu

Co-opted members

  • Mrs Lorinda Swift - Patient Lay Representative
  • Dr Susannah Ball - AiT Lead
  • Dr Dornubari Lebari - Deputy AiT Lead
  • Dr Victoria Vernon - GP Soc Lead

Faculty news

Mersey Faculty is always keen to hear about local news. If you have a local story that you would like to share with other local GPs then please contact the Mersey office.  

RCGP Mersey have recently re-launched its Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages. For all the latest up to date news and information happening in your local faculty please visit us.

Upcoming events

The Faculty offer a wide range of events throughout the year including Minor Surgery, Neurology, Medico-Legal, Joint Injections, Child Health, ENT, Dermatology and much much more. We will always endeavor to keep the cost of events as low as possible for our members and sometimes we can offer events free of charge if we have support from sponsors. We also have a range of social events which often are free to attend. These include members dinner, Fellows dinner, annual awards and AiT events.

View all learning and social events in Mersey

Please note: RCGP Mersey accept sponsorship from pharma companies for a number of its events. The money raised from these companies help to keep the cost of our events to a minimum.  Please note: RCGP Mersey DO NOT allow pharma companies to influence of have an input into the content or education of our events.

Faculty initiatives

1) Annual awards and prizes

The Mersey Faculty Annual AGM and Awards evening is held every October at Liverpool Football Club conference suites. We encourage all local GPs to consider the awards on offer to all general practice employees. The nomination process is simple. An application pack and form can be downloaded below. Deadline for submissions can be found in the pack and is usually late August.  Please view the link below for full information about the awards and how to nominate a colleague. Please contact the Faculty office if you have any questions about the process.  

Annual awards currently available to all general practice employees across Merseyside and Cheshire include: 

  • GP Award
  • Practice Manager Award
  • Practice Team Award
  • Practice Nurse Award
  • Primary Care Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Eric Toke Patient Care Award
  • Audit Prize
  • Primary Care Eco Award

2018 Annual RCGP Mersey Faculty Awards application pack [PDF]
2018 Annual RCGP Mersey Faculty Awards application form [Word] 

2)  Local GP CPD group bursaries

Each year RCGP Mersey Faculty set aside a sum of money to support local CPD and education groups. In the past this money has been applied and used for a number of objectives including room hire for education events, speaker fees, resources and much more. Bursaries can range from just £50 to £5,000. A written submission and evidence is required. Closing date for applications is late January ready for the new financial year. For full information about applying for a bursary please contact the Faculty office.   

Who is eligible to apply for Mersey Faculty bursaries?

i. Local GP Education Groups:  this is any group of GPs in the Mersey Faculty geographical area of Merseyside, Cheshire and Isle of Man to further their professional development. Ideally the group should be run by RCGP members.  
ii. First5 Groups: this is any group of RCGP members in their first five years after certification. The group must have been established in conjunction with the Mersey Faculty First5 Lead (contact via the office at 
iii. Undergraduate Societies: this is any undergraduate society relating to medicine (particularly to primary care).     

3.  "WONCA" (World Organisation of Family Doctors) bursary

WONCA Conferences are annual opportunities for general practitioners and other scientists involved in Primary Care to meet, where Family Doctors from different countries share their knowledge and experience. A WONCA bursary is usually £500 paid to the successful applicant. Please email us at for more information.

4.  RCGP Annual Conference bursaries

RCGP Mersey offer two bursaries of £250 each for two GP students to put toward the cost of the RCGP Annual Conference. Please contact the Mersey Faculty office for full information on how to apply for the bursaries.  

View this year's RCGP Annual Conference details 

Associate in Training support (AiTs)

RCGP Mersey Faculty are in a very lucky position to have two pro-active AiT Leads: 

  • Dr Susannah Ball – AiT Lead
  • Dr Dornubari Lebari – Deputy AiT Lead

Both have and continue to involve themselves with a number of faculty activities including faculty board initiatives, attending careers fairs on behalf of the faculty and advising on a career in medicine. They also offer a supporting role as mentors so if you are an AiT in the Mersey area and need a bit of help or advice please contact the Mersey office who can put you in touch with the AiT leads. 

First5 support

Dr Humera Hasan is the current Mersey Faculty First5 Lead.

Below are some resources you may find useful. If you have recently qualified and are now a First5 GP please view the welcome back below for lots of useful hints and tips.  

We also have a number of peer groups available for you to attend where you can speak to other like-minded GPs.  

  • Welcome Pack 2016 [PDF] 

First5 CPD resources

The variety and amount of electronic resources out there can be both overwhelming and difficult to navigate in searching for relevant information. Here is a collection of commonly used and established resources that may help you in finding answers to your PUNS, DENS or just general learning needs. 

  • First5 CPD resources [PDF] 

First5 Courses and events

  • RCGP courses and events 
  • HENW courses 

First5 appraisal and revalidation

  • NHS Toolkit 
  • RCGP Revalidation update page and access to the Revalidation Portfolio 

First5 career

Further information on First5 


Mersey Faculty has over 120 Fellows. We are delighted to say that we actively encourage Fellowship of the college in the local area and we will support you every step of the way with your application. Fellowship is an honor and mark of achievement recognising a significant contribution to:

  • health and welfare of the community
  • science or practice of medicine
  • aims of RCGP, or any organisation which benefits general practice

Full details of applying for fellowship can be found at RCGP fellowship. If you are unsure about any part of fellowship or want to know more about the process RCGP Mersey have a team of volunteers on hand who have been through the process themselves to answer your questions.  

Please contact the Mersey Faculty for more information or visit the RCGP fellowship page.   

Contact us

RCGP Mersey Faculty
Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mount Pleasant
L3 5SR

T: 0151 708 0865

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Sarah Adams.

Your Events Administrator is Adam Taylor.

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