South East Thames Faculty

Faculty board

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



Faculty officers

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

Rachel Duncan, Chair South East Thames FacultyDr Rachel Duncan. Faculty Chair






Alastair Howlitt, South East Thames Faculty ProvostDr Alastair Howitt. Faculty Provost






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About us

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:

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 (

Faculty News

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. Those wishing to attend are requested to advise the faculty office (

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.

Faculty Events

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 2017 annual Faculty Walk takes place on Saturday 10 June and is to be a five mile circular walk starting at the Chartwell car park, Westerham, Kent. Part way through the walk we are expecting to stop at the Fox and Hounds public house for lunch. This annual event is free members and their families, the Faculty paying for our sandwich lunch during the walk.    

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.   

Educational Events 

We are offering a free half day resilience event led by Dr Craig Brown on Saturday 13 May in Canterbury.

The RCGP London and South England region has jointly organised a Wellbeing Event for General Practitioners with the Royal College of Psychiatrists London region. It will be held on Monday 12 June at the RCPsych offices, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. Booking is via the RCPsych website and RCGP members' fee is £50 for the all day event. The keynote speaker is Dr Clare Gerada and other speakers include consultant psychiatrists and a consultant psychotherapist.    

Faculty Initiatives

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 ( 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

Research Funding

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.

Contact us

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. 

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