North East England Faculty

Faculty Officers

  • Dr Arvind Rajagopal, Chair
  • Dr Sam Bethapudi, Treasurer
  • Dr Lily Lamb, Secretary
  • Dr Iain Lawther, Education lead
  • Dr Alan Fortune, Provost
  • Dr Iain Mungall, Fellowship Lead
  • Dr Robert Lambourn, Rural Representative and Council Representative
  • Dr Pippa Male, First5 Lead and Media Liaison Officer

Faculty board

  • Dr Raj Bethapudi
  • Dr Robert Carter
  • Dr Rory Mackinnon
  • Dr Jenna Chambers
  • Dr Kym Merritt
  • Dr Hannah Randles
  • Dr Chandra Anand
  • Anne Everden, Lay Representative
  • Sheinaz Stansfield, Practice Manager
  • Mrs Annie Barr, Nurse

The Mature GPs Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

We have developed a new exciting course aimed at GPs in later career. This full day interactive workshop is seeking those GPs who are looking to rejuvenate themselves in the midst of the many challenges facing primary care. Experienced GPs have much to give, but in the years approaching retirement they are more likely to run into difficulties, feel disillusioned and develop burnout.

Using a mixture of theory, discussion, personal experiences and humour, this session aims to cover areas such as reinventing learning, maintaining clinical performance, managing stress, increasing resilience, engaging with appraisal, sharing expertise and planning for retirement. Happier doctors are more effective doctors!

Please book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited - The Mature GPs Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything.

Faculty Events

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About us

The North East England Faculty support over 1700 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in the area from Scottish Border to the North, the Cumbrian Border to the West and the Southern Border to Cleveland.

We work with the different organisations delivering joint events and are continuously developing links with other primary and secondary care organisations. We also provide Clinical Skills Assessment courses in association with Health Education England.

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.

As our 2017 programme is quickly coming to an end our 2018 calendar is already filling up with exciting courses. We're sure there is a course for you. Take a look at the events page or email the Faculty office for more information.

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

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 13 November 2017; below are dates of next years meetings:

  • Monday 19 February 2018 @ Marriott Metro Centre to begin at 19:00
  • 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.

Monthly lectures are available for free to all RCGP Members of our Faculty. Topics range from cardiovascular to gout and food allergies. If you have a specific topic or a possible speaker please contact us or attend a lecture where our representatives would be glad to discuss other opportunities.

The monthly lectures have changed venue to Newcastle Medical School and are going from strength to strength but still require your support. Please register your interest in attending any meetings by contacting the Faculty office.

Please note: due to the amount of DNA's we now have the facility to charge non-attendee from March 2017. The charge will only be to cover the cost of catering, £5.


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


Faculty Administrator: Clare Bartram

Telephone: 0203 188 7698

Events Administrator: Sharon Sudder

Telephone: 0203 188 7699

A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.

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