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Each faculty is represented by a Faculty Board, made up of a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntarily towards the College’s vision, purpose and priority goals.
10 Core Roles for Faculties (approved by Council November 2013)

We support over 1694 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The highly regarded annual Reflective Writing Course is hosted by the Faculty and is open to all GPs. The event encourages GPs to write creatively about their experiences and gives alternative ways to reflect on their lives and practices. Now in its 14th year, the course is very popular, often receiving repeat bookings from GPs who wish to develop their writing skills further.

Faculty Representatives

Faculty Officers

Professor Arthur Hibble (Provost); Dr Kate Wishart (Chair); Dr Mark Sanderson (Vice Chair and Deputy Faculty Rep on Council); Dr Gary Howsam (Secretary and Faculty Rep on Council); Dr Mike Knapton (Treasurer); Professor Amanda Howe (Council Rep).

Faculty Board

Dr Tony Palframan (Education Sub-Committee Chair and iMAP Lead); Dr Caroline Thurlow (AiT Lead); Dr Natasha Pinnock (First5 Rep); Dr Claire Kopelman (First5 Rep); Professor Bob Berrington (Fellowship Lead); Dr Shahid Chaudhry (QPA Lead); Dr Lisa Lim (Sessional GP Rep); Professor Ann-Louise Kinmonth; Professor Simon Griffin; Professor Martin Roland; Professor John Howard; Dr Sonny Aung (International Lead); Dr Kevork Hopayian (International Lead); District Representatives: Dr Tamer Okasha (Great Yarmouth); Dr Deborah Swinglehurst (Ipswich); Vacant (King's Lynn); Drs Rob Houghton and Mark Attah (Peterborough); Dr Dickie Young (Norwich); Dr Nina Djuric (Cambridge); Dr Sonny Aung (Bury St Edmunds) and Dr Mark Sanderson (Huntingdon); Mrs Jenny Aston (Advanced Nurse Practitioner); Mr Nick Roberts (Lay Rep).

The next Faculty Board Meeting will take place on:

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 19.00, Heron Court, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5EE

Getting 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 would like to find out more about becoming involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact us

First 5 Leads

Dr Alice Shiner and Dr Natasha Pinnock, Joint First5 Leads for East Anglia Faculty

First5 activity in our area:

For the past two years the faculty has run a very successful annual First5 careers event.  We were appointed as Joint First5 Leads following our involvement in running this event last year and now we are keen to expand First5 activity in our area. Our plans for the future include:

  • carrying out a survey of local First5 GPs to find out how the faculty can best provide them with support
  • establishing a resource to highlight educational opportunities and CPD groups within the region and localities
  • exploring development of a regional mentoring scheme
  • working in collaboration with neighbouring faculties to help provide a wide range of educational opportunities for First5 GPs

Why is First5 important to us:

We are both First5 GPs and we also both work in medical education. We know from personal experience, and from working with others, that the transition into qualified practice can be a challenging time.

There is a need for support on many levels to help develop confident independent practice; this need is heightened by the increasing demands of revalidation and the ever more complex landscape of modern general practice.

We want to make First5 ever more visible and important in our faculty as we believe it is a great way to provide this support and help our peers move through the transitional process. If you are in the East Anglia Faculty and wish to join us (or just find out more!) then please get in touch: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty News

The last faculty board meeting was held on 11 February 2014.  The Minutes are available here.  Future meetings will take place on 10 June; 23 September and 6 November 2014.

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.

Dr Kevork Hopayian has revised the Revalidation pages of AnglianGP. Please have a look.



This image represents the RCGP Fellow memebrship gradeDon’t be shy, its time to apply! Why you should become FRCGP

Fellowship of our college has come through many iterations to arrive in its current format. Now its pretty much where it should be.

So why should you think about Fellowship? Unlike other Colleges, we do not award Fellowship as a reward for time served. It is a real statement of excellence and one that all members should aim for. It says something about you and your practice for which you can be justifiably proud. Colleagues and patients recognize this excellence.

It is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular. Fellows should exemplify our motto “cum scienta caritas”.

Have you been a member for at least 5 years and are you justifiably proud of your contribution to general practice? Then its time to apply.

Write your application as a narrative, this makes it easier to write about yourself. Where possible, include information about the 6 achievement categories. These categories are clinical practice, patient-centred practice, leadership, teaching and education, innovation and creativity, and academic and research.

  • Don’t worry if you can include only one category
  • Look out for a series of events throughout the year

Faculty Events

The Faculty has a well-established social calendar to encourage members to get together. These include our Annual Symposium, AGM, and other events such as the Annual Fellows meeting, AiT visits to RCGP Headquarters, Careers Evenings and local district meetings. 

The Faculty organises an extensive educational programme for our members. 

Details of forthcoming East Anglia Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. You can also download a copy of the What's on Guide.

What's On Guide to RCGP Events in the Faculty 2014-2015 [PDF]

Faculty Initiatives

New for 2014-2015 Educational events for Practice Managers and Receptionists. Clinical Quality Improvement Prize. See details here

Awards and Prizes

The Carole Brown Memorial Award

An award of up to £2000 is granted annually in memory of Dr Carole Brown, a GP with outstanding leadership skills. This is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding to follow a project that you may not have had the opportunity to pursue.

The John Stevens Biennial Award

This award will support a GP who has gained their MRCGP or iMAP in the last five years to produce a project that is in keeping with the aims of RCGP. The award of up to £2000 is given in memory of Dr John Stevens a GP with great gifts of leadership.

Contact us

RCGP East Anglia Faculty
Heron Court
Ida Darwin
Cambridge      CB21 5EE

Telephone:         01223 884324
Fax:                   01223 885794
Email:                eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Administrator: Annemarie McCarty
Events Administrator: Betsy Gutteridge

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

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