North East England Faculty

Welcome from North East England Faculty

Welcome to North East England Faculty. We are a group of volunteer GPs and allied health professionals working in primary care that aim to provide education and support to members locally. We cover North East England from the Scottish border to Teesside and East to the Cumbrian border. We support around 1900 RCGP members and offer a huge range of CPD opportunities.

Get involved

Our Faculty Board meet four times per year, in February, June, September and November at the Marriott in Gateshead, where we discuss local activities and issues of importance to our members. Our Council representative then feeds back to the College Council on matters concerning RCGP membership and wider general practice policy. All local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions – we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme. Our next meeting will be held at 19:00 on 18 June 2018.

Upcoming events

We run a huge range of education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. 

View our exciting programme and book your place on an upcoming event

Your Faculty Board

Faculty officers 

  • Dr Arvind Rajagopal – Faculty Chair
  • Dr Alan Fortune – Provost 
  • Dr Lily Lamb- Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Sam Bethapudi – Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Rob Lambourn - Council Representative
  • Dr Iain Lawther - Education Lead

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Robert Carter
  • Dr Rory Mackinnon
  • Dr Kym Merritt
  • Anne Everden – Lay Representative
  • Sheinaz Stansfield – Practice Manager Representative
  • Annie Barr – Nurse Practitioner Representative

GP Reimagined 2018

With less than a month to go until GP Reimagined 2018 we wanted to remind you that the event is taking place on 17 May at Gosforth Marriott Hotel.

We have a fantastic day, aiming to spread positivity and share innovation, lined up for you. The whole primary care team is invited and we are delighted to be able to give discounted rates for nurses and practice managers. The code for the discount is NU52zn4Wgrb7EYAN, you can book your place using the link below.

The day starts at 09:00 with fresh coffees and bacon sandwiches, Professor Clare Gerada (ex Chair RCGP and founder of the Practitioner Health Programme), Professor Mayur Lakhani (President RCGP) and Arvind Madan (director of Primary Care for NHS England) are all lined up to speak amongst several other eminent figures from the world of general practice. Lunch will be served at 12:30, with workshops following in the afternoon on subjects including 'GP with a difference', 'CPD which makes sense in todays NHS', Making time for care and 10 high impact actions' and 'a new medical school with a GP focus'.

This is a great opportunity to get 6 CPD points, to network, to find out about local and national innovation in primary care and to renew you enthusiasm for general practice.

Don't miss out on your place, only £20 for members of RCGP, £40 for non members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Book your place today on this annual conference: GP Reimagined 2018

About us

We have an excellent relationship with AiTs and First5 in the area and support the delivery of lectures in the Newcastle area. These are supported by local AiTs and First5 RCGP members. If you would like to be involved in these lecture or have an idea of topic or potential speaker please email the Faculty office.

Our 2018 programme is quickly filling up and we have a fantastic array of courses coming this year. Our widest selection covers diabetes and joint injections and we are please to announce that we will be reproducing the gastroenterology (please use the link to be first to find out what date this informative event is) which saw 82 delegates take attend this fantastic course. We are sure there is a course for you. Take a look at the events page or email the Faculty office for more information.

Faculty News

Members are invited to join the Faculty board meetings to observe or apply to join the board. If you would like to discuss an item please let us know so that it can be considered by the board prior to the meeting. Your opinion matters to us especially with all the changes happening in general practice at present, your Faculty can help.

You will be receiving regular monthly e-bulletins from the faculty, this is to reduce bulk email's you receive from the College. If you have articles or items to add to this please email the Faculty office.

Faculty Board Meeting Dates

The last Faculty Board meeting was held on 19 February 2018; below are dates of this years meetings:

  • Monday 18 June 2018 - Marriott Metro Centre to begin at 19:00
  • Monday 17 September 2018 - Marriott Metro Centre to begin at 19:00
  • Monday 19 November 2018 - Marriott Metro Centre to begin at 19:00

All members are welcome to observe these meetings, please confirm your attendance by email.

AiT and First5 Meeting Dates

Events are currently being organised for 2018 and are always looking for new exciting speakers and topics. If you have a specific interest educational topics please let us know.

Please see the events page for upcoming lectures which are free to members.

Faculty Events

The North East England Faculty strives to support continual professional development and are pleased to provide support and help covering a wide variety of topics. We deliver a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year including Paediatrics, Gastroenterology and Joint injections. Details of forthcoming meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. We are currently developing our joint injections and ophthalmology workshops. We also run four/five Clinical Skills Assessment courses per year for the Health Education North East. We are pleased our events administrator has been able to develop and deliver several new events with many more to come in 2018, Mrs Sharon Sudder, these will include dermatology, cardiology and several other clinical topics. 


We have an active Fellowship committee who regularly review applications and encourage members to apply for Fellowship. If you wish to self nominate or nominate someone else please contact the Faculty for further advice. We can provide guidance and support you through the process. The Faculty currently have three nominations which are under discussion.

Ten Core Roles for Faculties

Faculty boards are made up by a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntary towards the Colleges vision, purpose and priority goals.

Contact us

RCGP North East England Faculty
9 Holborn Street
DL16 6QN

T: 0203 188 7698

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:30 to 16:30, Monday – Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Clare Bartram.
Your Faculty Events Administrator is Sharon Sudder. 

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