South East Thames Faculty

Welcome from South East Thames Faculty

We support 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 our members as well as a First5 travel bursary to the RCGP Annual Conference, prizes to AiTs and BSMS student prizes. The Faculty can also award "seed corn" research funding up to £1,500.

Get involved

The Faculty Board meets four times a year at the Somerfield Hospital in Maidstone. The next meeting will be held on 21 February. Being a part of our Faculty gives members the chance to contribute to shaping the future of general practice and having input into RCGP Council. All local members are welcome to attend Board meetings and take part in the discussions. If you would like to attend, please contact us at for more information.

Upcoming events

We run a number of educational courses and a few social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development and some are either free to all or have reduced rates for AiTs.

Our blog

Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work. 

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Dr Siva Nathan South East Thames Faculty ChairDr Siva Nathan. Chair


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

  • Dr Rachel Duncan - Vice Chair 
  • Dr Awadh Jha - Honorary Secretary 
  • Dr John Neden,- Co- Honorary Treasurer 
  • Dr Kate Neden - Co-Honorary Treasurer and Council Representative

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Joshua Getty - AiT Lead
  • Dr Damayanthi (Damy) Kuhanendran - Communications Lead
  • Dr Ian Jutting - Later Career and Retired Members' Lead
  • Dr Martin Mueller
  • Dr Win Phag-Udom - International Representative
  • Lorna Priddle  - Lay member
  • Meghana Mandala - medical student
  • Shamarah Mathurin-Charles - medical student
  • Dr Amrita Sen Mukherjee - Jt First5 Lead
  • Dr Aarthi Ravishankar - Deputy AiT Lead
  • Dr Jackie Tavabie - Co-Education Lead
  • Dr Debbie Taylor
  • Dr Sarah Thurgood - Jt First5 Lead
  • Dr David Whillier - Deputy Council Representative
  • Professor Patricia Wilson - Research Lead

Faculty News

The next faculty board meeting will be held at 8pm on 21 February 2019 at the Somerfield Hospital, Maidstone. All members are invited to attend board meetings. Those wishing to attend are requested to advise the faculty office,

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 Annual Walk 2018

South East Thames Faculty Walk 2018The 2018 annual walk took place on Sunday 12 August and comprised a four mile circular walk starting at Linton village car park (south of Maidstone at ME17 4AW).

It included the Boughton Monchelsea area before returning to Linton village for a pub lunch at The Bull. 

Look out for details of the 2019 walk next year!


Faculty Annual Lecture

The 2019 Annual lecture and social lecture will place on Thursday 10 October from 6.30pm at the Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0JH. The guest speaker is Professor Martin Marshall, RCGP Vice-Chair (External Relations) who will speak around the theme of "Re-thinking Medicine". 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 and their guests but booking is required for catering purposes.

Educational Events 

Improving the detection and management of liver disease in primary care

In collaboration with the British Liver Trust, RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre is offering a FREE to members half day event devoted to improving the detection and management of liver disease in primary care. It will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB.   

Essential Dermatology 1

Working with the Primary Care Dermatology Society, the Faculty is offering a one day Essential Dermatology1 centred on essential information to enable GPs and dermatology nurse practitioners to assess confidently the vast majority of conditions encountered in day to day general practice. It will be held at The Marriott Hotel, Broadway, Bexleyheath, on Wednesday 27 March 2019.    

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

T: 020 3188 7543   

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is David Bushell. 

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