Essex Faculty

Faculty Officers

  • Dr Alistair Moulds, Provost
  • Dr Babafemi Salako, Chair
  • Dr Alison Behn, Vice Chair
  • Dr Subrata Basu, Treasurer
  • Dr Chuckwudi Ukpaka, Secretary


    Faculty Board

    • Dr Sunil Gupta (Council Rep, Fellowship Lead, FFC Chair)
    • Dr Rachael Marchant (First5 Rep, Regional Ambassador)
    • Dr Nadeeja Koralage (AiT Lead)
    • Prof Syed Babar
    • Dr Danielle Eaton
    • Dr Naveed Akhtar
    • Dr Min Ko Ko Thaung
    • Dr Shoaib Kazi
    • Dr Rich Martin
    • Dr Ayodele Ola
    • Dr Sadriye Eriksson
    • Dr Katherin Felton-Beavers
    • Dr Sara Astbury
    • Dr Hammad Ahmed
    • Dr Sipero Opaneye

    Babafemi Salako. Essex ChairDr Babafemi Salako. Faculty Chair

    Dr Rachael Marchant, RCGP Essex First5 Lead/Faculty AmbassadorDr Rachael Marchant, RCGP Essex First5 Lead/Faculty Ambassador

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    About us

    The Essex Faculty supports some 1,000 Members, Fellows, Associates in Training and other Associates across the County. The 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.

    Faculty Board

    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 the needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these.

    We currently have vacancies for: two Faculty Board members plus one Lay member position available. For further information or to apply, please email

    Faculty News

    The Last Faculty Board meeting was held on the 20 February 2018, the next Board meetings will be held on:

    • 20 February 2018 
    • 11 September 2018
    • 12 November 2018 at 7:45 at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford

    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.

    The next AGM is on the 19 June 2018, the faculty is delighted to welcome Professor Helen Stokes-Lapmard the RCGP Chair, who will talk to Faculty members about her vision for General Practice, and her insights into the future. All members are cordially invited to join us, free of charge

    On the AGM, the Faculty Board will be nominating 5 Doctors you choose their name for any achievements and Contributions they have made to the Primary Care in the Area.

    Please feel free to send your nomination to:

    Faculty Events

    We are looking to expand our education programme, and welcome suggestions from members for future educational events. In addition, we strongly encourage members to get together and we are always open to suggestions for rewarding, enjoyable activities.

    Details of forthcoming Essex Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed using the Upcoming Events box on the right.

    Faculty Initiatives

    The faculty offers support and bursaries for AiTs and First5s to attend Annual Conferences or Discounts on specific courses, that would be advertised for everyone in Essex to apply for.

    AiTs & First5s Bursary to attend the RCGP Conference

    This year the Faculty decided that the two bursaries (£500) should be a contribution towards the cost of an AiT or First5 to attend the RCGP Annual Conference which will be from 4 October to 6 October in Glasgow. 

    The winners would be expected to contribute back to the board, by attending a board meeting and share their experience and they have earned from the conference and how the experience helped them for the future.

    To be considered please send a brief application to the Faculty (500-1500 words), the decision will be taken on the AGM 19 June 2018.

    Register today for the AGM to stay updated with the selection. Best of Luck.

    Email Details

    To support sustainability and to keep costs down, we are reducing hard copy communications with members wherever possible.

    But, 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!

    The Essex Faculty Network

    We know that members across Essex create and develop local groups who meet on a regular basis. The form and structure of local groups is determined and developed according to local needs and preferences. We want to help foster fruitful and rewarding relationships by:

    • Connecting with GPs across the county
    • Supporting them at every stage of their career
    • Debating clinical, educational and professional issues and other hot topics
    • Feeding back to ensure relevance, representation and practicality in the formation of RCGP policy and the development of initiatives.

    We would be delighted to hear from anyone who attends or runs any local groups within Essex, particularly if they cover either First5 members or Trainees. If we are told of any groups we will compile a list and ensure it is accessible to other members who may be interested in joining you.


    Why you should become a Fellow of the RCGP.

    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 recognise 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".

    The Faculty actively encourages its members of 5 years plus standing to consider putting themselves forward for Fellowship.

    Now that the nomination process is online it is so much simpler. We have a Faculty Fellowship Committee (FFC), led by Dr Sunil Gupta FRCGP. The FFC can offer advice and support through the Faculty office.

    Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP)

    If you are going through the MAP process and would like any advice, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you support through our MAP Lead.

    Contact us

    RCGP Essex Faculty
    30 Euston Square
    NW1 2FB

    Telephone: 020 3188 7403
    Fax: 020 3188 7401
    Faculty Administrator: Myriem Ashford

    The office is open on Monday and Tuesday 09:30 to 16:30 and on Wednesday 09:30 to 15:30. A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.

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