North East England

11 June 2018

Lily LambWelcome to the North East England Faculty's blog where you can read all our latest news.

Our third GP Reimagined conference was a big success, we welcomed 150 delegates to our conference on 17 May held at the Marriott in Gosforth and had a fantastic line up of speakers including Prof Mayur Lakhani, President of RCGP, Dr Arvind Madan, head of Primary Care at NHS England and Prof Clare Gerada, head of the Practitioner Health Programme.

We also had Hugh Alberti from Newcastle University telling us about the new curriculum with much more primary care exposure for medical students, and Prof Scott Wilkes the head of the brand new Sunderland Medical school talking about his plans for a GP focussed Medical degree. Workshops included portfolio careers, ten high impact actions and how to get the most from your CPD.  We were delighted to receive some media coverage and I spoke to BBC Newcastle and ITV News over the course of the day about the pressure affecting General Practice. Clare Gerada was also interviewed by BBC Newcastle that morning on her way to the conference. 

Feedback has been fantastic and it seems you all appreciated the positivity of the day, the chance to share ideas and to network. We are already planning next years event, watch this space for more information!

There are many practical and relevant courses coming up in the next year, and we consider carefully the learning needs of our members and aim to cover clinical topics, personal development and skills training through our programme. We have a course on joint injections, a gynaecology update, and we are running our Gastroenterology and Hepatology symposium again in collaboration with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust. This was very well received last year with around 80 delegates attending to observe state of the art lectures from a huge range of local experts.

We have a new First5 lead Eugene Tang, we are delighted that Eugene will be taking on this role in July and in collaboration with Charlotte Ratcliffe, our AiT lead I am sure they will be working hard to meet the needs of our trainee and newly qualified GPs. Charlotte has been doing some great work launching the Next Generation GP programme in Newcastle alongside Nish Manek, this is a leadership programme for GP trainees and First5s, and has been a fantastic opportunity for those who were awarded a place to network and hear from some fantastic speakers including Robert Varnum and Mike Holmes. 

We will be holding our AGM on 19 November this year, we welcome any members interested in hearing more about the work of your local faculty and we always have an inspiring guest speaker. 

Finally a reminder about our social media sites - on Facebook we are RCGP North East, RCGP AiT North East and RCGP First5 North East.

Best Wishes

Dr Lily Lamb
Communications Lead, North East Faculty

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