Wessex Faculty

Faculty officers

Dr Vernon Needham, Provost

Dr Sunil Bhanot, Chair

Dr Karen O'Reilly, Vice-Chair

Dr Alex Armstrong, Honorary Secretary

Dr Jonathon Rial, Honorary Treasurer

Dr Helena McKeown, Council Representative

Dr Sunil Bhanot, Council Representative

Dr Sonia Barros D'Sa, Innovations Project Lead

Dr Ben Allured, Education Lead

Dr Jo-Ai Foley, Communications Director

Faculty board

Dr Don Batham

Dr Richard Brown

Dr Ben Browne (IoW Rep)

Dr Peter Burrows

Dr Tony Chankun (Guernsey Rep)

Dr Katie Collins (AiT Rep)

Dr Meryl Deane (Portsmouth Rep)

Dr Jo-Ai Foley (AiT Rep)

Dr Eileen Gorrod

Dr Paula Hunt (Southampton Rep)

Dr Anna Marquiss (AiT Rep)

Dr Faye Muhlemann

Dr Reg Odbert

Dr David Paynton

Dr Bryony Sales (First5 Rep)

Dr Jeremy Stupple

Dr Richard Weaver

Dr Timothy Whelan

Dr Ian Williamson

Pippa Stupple (GP Foundation Rep)


Sunil BhanotDr Sunil Bhanot. Faculty Chair







Dr Vernon Needham. Faculty Provost






Faculty events

We run approximately 40 courses each year

See Faculty events

About us

We support over 2200 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands. Members whose registered address is within these areas are allocated to Wessex faculty by default. However any member of the College may choose to join any other faculty if they so wish.

The faculty runs an extensive educational programme for GPs at all stages of their career, the trainee element of which is in collaboration with the Wessex Deanery. To support the MRCGP training programme we offer a series of CSA preparation DVDs and case cards to assist trainees in developing their consultation skills (see below for further details).

In addition to our education programme the faculty hosts a number of social events, including the annual George Swift Lecture, the Faculty Awards evening and the AGM dinner-dance.

Getting Involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally promoting the College aims and objectives. Members are welcome to attend meetings of the Faculty board as observers and are encouraged to stand for election to the board at the Annual General Meeting held each year in November. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Faculty board meetings for 2017 are as follows:-

Thursday 22 June 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Please contact the faculty office by phone or email if you would like to attend a board meeting as an observer.

Faculty Initiatives Working with partners

We have a good relationship with other educationalists to ensure the services we provide cater for local needs. Dr Richard Weaver (Head of School) and Dr Ian Williamson (Senior lecturer in Primary Care), both from Southampton University, are co-opted members of the Faculty Board.


The Faculty has developed a range of tools to assist educational development for trainee GPs:

Educational DVDs and Case Cards - Available from the RCGP Bookshop 

Case Cards: These cards have been developed to enhance your clinical and communication skills 

DVDs: MRCGP CSA Series 2-4 have been developed and produced by leading educationalists within the faculty to help you prepare for your Clinical Skills Assessment.


Wessex Faculty Bursaries

Wessex Faculty is willing to consider applications from members of the Faculty for Bursaries of up to £500 to defray the costs of projects which they wish to undertake. Projects may involve activities such as service development within a practice, research, professional study or travel. All innovative projects will be considered which satisfy the agreed criteria. For further details about eligibility and how to apply please click Bursaries or contact the Faculty Office.

Fellowship nominations

The Wessex Faculty Fellowship subcommittee welcomes nominations of Members for the award of FRCGP. The chairman will be pleased to offer informal advice to any member who wishes to propose a colleague for this honour. Guidance on eligibility and the process of nomination can be found on the RCGP website.

Contact us

RCGP Wessex Faculty
Suite 3, Fosse House
East Anton House
Icknield Way
SP10 5RG

Telephone: 020 3188 7709 / 7710
Fax: 01264 350294

Faculty Administrator: Vacant

Events Administrators: Katie McMahon & Amy Cope. A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed.

Please call before visiting the office.  

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