North East Scotland

Welcome from North East Scotland Faculty

A warm welcome from North East Scotland Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP Members who work closely with our other partner organisations; NHS Grampian, University of Aberdeen, Health and Social Care Partnerships, LMC and GP Sub Committee. We currently support over 630 members and their GP practice staff by providing educational and social events throughout the year. The Faculty have various awards and bursaries available to local members in recognition of excellent practice and new initiatives.

Get involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these. If you'd like to get involved with the Faculty we'd be delighted to hear from you. All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you'd like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us. The next Faculty Board Meeting will take place in June. Please do get in touch if you would like to attend.

Upcoming events

We run many education courses for GPs and GP Staff as well as social/networking events throughout the year including an Annual Ball, First5 GP group and Retired Members Group.

View all learning and social events in North East Scotland

Your Faculty Board

Faculty officers 

Peter Watson. Faculty ChairDr Peter Watson, Chair

Colin Hunter. Faculty ProvostDr Colin Hunter, Provost and UK Council Representative

  • Dr Alasdair Forbes - Vice Chair
  • Dr Laura Muirhead - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Margaret Denison - Honorary Treasurer
  • Kerry Dunn, Education Chair

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Alasdair Forbes - UK Council Representative
  • Dr John Duncan - Scottish Council Representative and Deputy UK & Scottish Council Representative
  • Dr Chris Provan - Scottish Council Representative and Connect Lead
  • Dr Lizzie Finlayson - Deputy Scottish Council Representative
  • Dr David Lovell -  MLG Representative and First5 Lead
  • Douglas Naismith - AiT Representative
  • Dr Stephen Lynch
  • Dr Shona Bennett
  • Dr Neil McRitchie
  • Dr Annabel Ross
  • Dr Iain Cromarty
  • Dr Jeanette Critchley
  • Dr Lorraine Sinclair
  • Dr Mary Duffy
  • Dr Mishaim Bhana
  • Dr Stephen Terwey
  • Dr Carol Buchanan
  • Dr John McKeown
  • Sue Kinsey (Lay Representative)
  • Samantha McCann (LMC Representative)
  • Dr Craig Beattie - GP Sub Committee Representative
  • Liz Tait - PCT Clinical Governance Lead
  • Dr Ken Lawton - University/Undergraduate Representative

Faculty News

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

An innovative new website has been launched for recently qualified GPs in Scotland. The site brings together information from a host of organisations, including RCGP. Clinical tools, local events and job advertisements are now all available at www.newGPscotland.com.


Faculty Events

A group of First5 GPs meet regularly in the city for social and educational events. If you are interested in attending these events, or are new to the area and would like to make contact with the group, then please contact Dr Shona Bennett at shona.bennett@nhs.net

We host an extremely enjoyable Burns Ceilidh every January. A traditional evening including supper, toasts and music attracting around 200 people. This valued social event is becoming a well established date in many GP diaries. 


Faculty Initiatives

Awards and Prizes

We organise several awards and prizes each year in recognition of the hard work and dedication of those working in General Practice locally:

  • Provost Medal
  • The Sir Lewis Ritchie (AiT) Award
  • The RCGP 1996 Spring Symposium Bursary
  • Palliative Care Award
  • Innovation Award

The following awards are nominated by the University of Aberdeen;

  • The RCGP North East Scotland Faculty Medical Student Prize
  • Ross Taylor Award

For more information, please contact us.

Work observation guidelines

Working with Inverurie Medical Group, we have developed a guidance pack for practices taking on school age students for work observation placements. The pack covers key issues and provides information for practices.

We are delighted that the University of Aberdeen Medical School will be recommending it as its approved route to achieving work experience.

To receive your copy, please contact us.


Contact us

RCGP North East Scotland Faculty
Room 0.055, Ground Floor
Polwarth Building, Foresterhill
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

T: 01224 437 230 / 231
E: nescotland@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 – 15:00 Monday and Tuesday, 09:00 – 14:00 on Wednesday and 09:00 to 14:00 on Thursday
Your local Faculty Administrators are Kirsty Findlay and Lynne Wallace.

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