South East Thames Faculty
Dr Phyl Chan, First5 Lead
Dr Damayanthi (Damy) Kuhanendran, Joint Communications Lead
Ms Jenny Greenfield
Dr James Heathcote, Joint Communications Lead
Dr Ian Jutting
Dr Steve Leung
Mr Ray Morris, Lay Rep
Dr Martin Mueller
Dr Siva Nathan, Joint Education Lead
Dr Win Phag-Udom, International Rep
Professor Abdol Tavabie
Dr Jackie Tavabie, Joint Education Lead
Dr Debbie Taylor
Dr Sarah Thurgood, AiT Rep
Dr David Whillier, Deputy Council Rep
Professor Patricia Wilson, Research Lead
Dr Alistair Howitt, Provost
Dr Rachel Duncan, Chair
Dr Ihtesham Sabri, Vice Chair
Dr Awadh Jha, Honorary Secretary
Dr John Neden, Joint Honorary Treasurer
Dr Kate Neden, Joint Honorary Treasurer and Council Rep
Dr Rachel Duncan. Faculty Chair
Dr Alastair Howitt. Faculty Provost
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The South East Thames Faculty supports over 1,960 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Kent and East Sussex as well as the outer fringes of South East London.
The faculty provides a number of educational and social events.
For AiTs in particular, we have produced a Welcome Pack:
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 (Sethames@rcgp.org.uk).
The next faculty board meeting (and Annual General Meeting) will be held at 8.00 pm on 15 June 2017 at the Somerfield Hospital, Maidstone. (http://www.nhs.uk/Services/Hospitals/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=NT438). Those wishing to attend are requested to advise the faculty office (Sethames@rcgp.org.uk).
All members are invited to attend the (June) AGM and 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.
We organise a number of annual social activities such as the ‘Faculty walk’ where members meet up to go on a local hike with a pub lunch. The 2016 annual Faculty Walk took place in the Sevenoaks area of Kent on Saturday 20 August. This annual event is free members and their families, the Faculty paying for our sandwich lunch after the walk. The 2017 Faculty Walk is currently being planned but the date has been set for Saturday 10 June.
Faculty Annual Lecture. The 2017 lecture will take place on Thursday 5 October at the Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow near Tonbridge, Kent (a new venue for this event). The guest speaker is to be Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development at NHS England and a GP in a large inner city practice in Manchester. The event is the faculty's main social for the year, with plenty of time to socialise over a sit down hot buffet before the lecture. It is a free event for members but booking is required for catering purposes.
In conjunction with the Primary Care Dermatology Society we are running an Essential Dermatology 1 course in Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday 3 May 2017.
We are also offering a free half day resilience event led by Dr Craig Brown on Saturday 13 May in Canterbury.
First5 Conference Travel Bursary
As part of our support for new GPs (First5s), we are delighted to provide a conference travel bursary of up to £400 to members in good standing in the first five years post-Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
The successful applicant will be expected to write an account of the conference for the Faculty bulletin and to join the Faculty Board for one year as the First5 representative.
Please contact us (Sethames@rcgp.org.uk) for more information about the application process.
Bursaries for Kent Surrey and Sussex Associates in Training
For KSS Associates in Training only, the RCGP South East Thames Faculty is pleased to provide one travel bursary of £200 towards the cost of attending the annual RCGP Primary Care conference held in the autumn. This award is managed by HE KSS.
RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames and Brighton and Sussex Medical School Student Prize
For Brighton and Sussex Medical School students only, the RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames Faculties are sponsoring a competition whereby the BSMS tutors invite their top twenty students to submit a reflection, on one side of A4, giving their thoughts of general practice. The tutors short list the entries and then invite the two faculties to agree the awards. The faculties could then publish the winning entries in their e-bulletin to members. First prize is a cheque for £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50.
Research and Development
We are pleased to offer ‘seed corn’ research funding. Up to £1500 will be awarded annually for pre-protocol, scoping or pilot work. It is hoped that the award, together with appropriate mentorship, will enable a novice researcher to make a credible bid for definitive project funding or a personal research fellowship to an external funding agency. Please contact us for more information.
Research Interest Groups:
The Faculty is keen to develop research interest groups and will provide some financial support for meeting co-ordination. To establish a research interest group in your locality please submit a proposal outlining the aims, potential members and a programme of activities for the first year. Applications should be sent to the Faculty Office and should not exceed two sides of A4.
RCGP South East Thames Faculty
30 Euston Square
Telephone: 020 3188 7543
Fax: 020 3188 7401
Faculty and Events Administrator: David Bushell
A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.