Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Faculty

Faculty officers

  • Dr Anne Turner, Chair
  • Dr Julian Marsden, Provost
  • Dr Frank Raymond, Vice Chair
  • Dr Talib Abubacker, Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Sahadev Swain, Honorary Treasurer

Faculty board

  • Dr Frances Cranfield (Council Rep)
  • Dr Richard Ough (Deputy Council Rep, MAP Lead and Retired Member Lead)
  • Dr Vijay Nayar (Fellowship Lead)
  • Dr Emma Salik (Education Lead)
  • Dr Ahmed Rashid (First5 Rep)
  • Dr Amber Janjua (International Rep)
  • Drs Claire Azie and Inthumathy Jayabalan (AiT Reps)
  • Dr Soon Lim (Minor Surgery Course Director)
  • Dr Preenal Shah (East and North Herts area link)
  • Dr Peter Graves
  • Dr Richard Darnton
  • Practice Manager Rep (vacant)
  • Practice Nurse Rep (vacant)
  • Ms Andrea Assan (Lay Rep)
  • Dr Ian Knight (Observer)

Dr Anne Turner. Faculty Chair (Image not available)

Julian MarsdenJulian Marsden. Faculty Provost

Faculty events

View our list of courses in our region and book a place

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About us

The Faculty supports over 1100 Members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

We have developed a very successful Minor Surgery and Minor Surgery Update programme, widely regarded as a useful and rewarding set of courses.

Getting involved

We rely on our members to play an active role in their local communities to help promote the College's aims and objectives. We care deeply about providing a high-quality service that gives GPs everything they need to offer the best possible care to their patients.

It is essential for us to raise and maintain awareness of the needs of both GPs and patients in order to allow us to develop initiatives to support every member of our communities.

If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the Faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

Email Accounts

A number of our members have alerted us to the fact that they are not receiving e-briefings, updates or blogs from the College. This appears to be happening for a number of reasons. One issue is that some members are now on NHS email addresses, which are highly restrictive in respect of accepting emails from external organisations. Meanwhile, some members have omitted to set their email accounts to receive RCGP emails. Others sometimes forget to notify us, or make the requisite amendments in MyRCGP, when they change their email address. Finally, some email accounts appear to tag College emails as spam.

We would ask all of you to check your email settings when you get the opportunity to make sure you can receive College email updates, and check that your details in MyRCGP are up to date. If you get the chance, please do pass the message on!

Faculty News

 Faculty Board

The last Faculty Board meeting was held on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Luton.  

The next two Faculty Board meetings will occur on Thursday 16 November 2017 and on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

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.

Board Vacancies

We are currently seeking two members for the Beds and Herts Faculty Board: Practice Manager Representative and Practice Nurse Representative. Please get in touch if you know of a suitable candidate for any of these roles.

Faculty Events

The Faculty organises an extensive educational programme for our members. If you have an idea for any educational activity you'd like to see in your locality please get in touch.

Details of forthcoming Beds & Herts Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right or click here for courses and events.

Faculty Initiatives



The Faculty has appointed a new First5 Lead Dr Ahmed Rashid who oversees specific activity for this group in the area. We are also keen to have more First5s engaging with the Faculty, therefore, we are looking to set up a network of several small First5 groups that will meet up regularly in different localities within the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area. If you are already part of a group and would like it to appear on this website or are keen to promote First5 membership and activity in your local area please contact the Faculty office.



Fellowship of the Royal College is a great honour and a firm mark of achievement, and the Faculty actively encourages all eligible members to apply. Fellowships can be awarded to members of five years' standing, and confer a recognition of an individual's significant contribution to:

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

Within the Beds and Herts Faculty, we have a dedicated Fellowship Committee (led by our Provost Dr Julian Marsden), which can offer advice and support to applicants.

Get in touch with the Beds and Herts Faculty or visit the RCGP Fellowship webpage for more information.

Contact us

RCGP Beds and Herts Faculty
Room 211
Putteridge Bury
Hitchin Road

Telephone: 01582 404085 & 020 3188 7696 / 7402

Faculty Administrator: Chaido Alexiadou
Events Administrator: Dorothy Llewelyn-Lewis

Office opening hours

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday:  09.00 -15.00

Wednesday & Friday: 09.00 - 17.30

A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.

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