Dr Michael van Dessel, FRCGP, Chair
Dr Steve Cox, FRCGP, Vice Chair
Dr John Cosgrove, FRCGP, Honorary Secretary
Dr Kishor Vithlani, FRCGP, Honorary Treasurer and Education Adviser
Dr Shiv Pande, FRCGP, Provost
Dr Sian Alexander-White
Dr Farah Burki, MRCGP
Dr Nigel Chatwin, FRCGP
Dr Pusbar Grocock
Dr Simon Hargreaves, FRCGP
Dr Humera Hasan (First5 Lead)
Dr Greg Irving, FRCGP (deputy faculty rep to RCGP council)
Dr Adit Jain
Dr Simon Kan, FRCGP (international lead)
Dr Surendra Kumar, FRCGP
Dr Abhinandan Mantgani, FRCGP
Dr Rena Ohri
Dr Bennett Quinn, FRCGP (MAP lead)
Dr Shuvam Roy (national ePortfolio ambassador and joint international lead)
Dr Ketaki Shrivastava
Dr Andrew Spooner, FRCGP (faculty rep to RCGP council)
Dr Tatiana Tchikhiaeva, FRCGP
Dr Simon Tobin, FRCGP
Dr Eric Toke, FRCGP
Dr Abdul Zubairu
Mrs Angela Jenkins-Lind (lay rep)
Dr Chaudhary Riaz, AiT, (HENW rep to (national) RCGP AiT committee)
Dr Heather Ryan, AiT, (HENW deputy rep to (national) RCGP AiT committee)
Dr Michael Van Dessel. Faculty Chair
Dr Shiv Pande. Faculty Provost
1. Please scroll down for Faculty Board, Awards and Bursaries, First5, and Fellowship.
Mersey faculty supports over 2,112 Members, Fellows, Associates, Associates in Training, Foundation Year doctors, Students and General Practice Foundation members in: Liverpool; Wirral; Sefton; Knowsley; Halton and St Helens; East & West Cheshire; and Isle of Man.
We actively support First5 GPs in: Chester, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Ormskirk and Warrington. We hope that the Wirral group will be re-launched soon. These groups meet on a regular basis. If you would like to join a First5 group please contact Mersey@rcgp.org.uk for details.
We also financially support a number of GP CPD groups via our annual bursaries. Scroll down to Bursaries.
We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the RCGP 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 Mersey Faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.
1) The last Faculty Board meeting was held on Wednesday 16 November 2016 at The Village Hotel, Whiston, Merseyside. Our next meetings are:
- April 2017 - provisional extra meeting. To be confirmed.
- Wednesday 21 June 2017
- Wednesday 20 September 2017
- AGM in October or November 2017
- Wednesday 15 November 2017
- Wednesday 21 February 2018
All members are invited to attend faculty board meetings as an observer. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.
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Faculty educational training programme and events
Details of forthcoming Mersey Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right or click on courses and events.
RCGP Mersey Faculty are proud to deliver a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year including basic child health and basic and advanced minor surgery courses.
Many of our courses are suitable for practice nurses. If you have a particular training requirement that is not included in our education programme then please contact the faculty office, we may be able to help. We can offer one-off training packages to groups of 12 or more for GPs, trainees, or a mixture of practice staff.
1) Annual awards and prizes
The Annual Meeting and Awards Evening 2016 was held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield.
2016 award winners
|GP Award winners
Dr Olukayode Adeeko, FRCGP
Dr Thomas Hennessy, FRCGP
Dr Denyse Kershaw, FRCGP
|Practice Team Award
||Spinney Medical Centre, St Helens
|Practice Manager Award winners
||Ms Katy Power, Spinney Medical Centre
Ms Jacqueline Ireland, Miriam Primary Care Group
|Practice Nurse Award
||Miriam Primary Care Group Nursing Team
|Primary Care Lifetime Achievement Award winners
||Dr John Hussey, FRCGP
Sister Bridget Folkard
Nurse Diane Woodward
|Faculty Service Award
||Mrs Muriel O'Driscoll
|Audit Prize. "Have patients with Barrett's oesophagus, where appropriate, had an endoscopy within the last 3 years?"
||Dr Vijay Sampanthar
|Liverpool University Patrick Byrne Travelling Prize
||Ms Rebecca McKnight
|Liverpool University W F Jones Memorial Prize
||Ms Camilla Williamson
|Liverpool University Student General Practice Prize winners
||Frist Prize, Ms Holly Smith
Second Prize, Ms Elizabeth Lourenco
Third Prize, Ms Iram Mahmood
|Liverpool University Student Placement Prize
||Ms Fiona Claxton
Photographs can be found on our Facebook page RCGP Mersey Facebook
2) Local GP CPD group bursaries
The first tranche of our bursaries for 2017-18 financial year have been awarded to
||Warrington Non Principal Group with First5
||Clinical meetings with room hire.
||Liverpool GP Forum
||Monthly education meetings with venue hire.
||Chester Sessional GP Group
||Journal Club meetings.
Primary Care Wirral
||Clinical education programme - one session
|| Food is Medicine - investigating the effects of nutrician on disease and enabling behavioural change
||Clinical meetings and venue hire - one meetings
We will be awarding our second tranche of bursaries in Autumn 2017. Please email us on Mersey@rcgp.org.uk for more information.
Who is eligible to apply for Mersey Faculty bursaries?
i. Local GP Education Groups, this is any group of GPs in the Mersey Faculty geographical area of Merseyside, Cheshire and Isle of Man to further their professional development. Ideally the group should be run by RCGP members.
ii. First5 Groups, this is any group of RCGP members in their first five years after certification. The group must have been established in conjunction with the Mersey Faculty First5 Lead (contact via the office on Mersey@rcgp.org.uk ).
iii. Undergraduate Societies, this is any undergraduate society relating to medicine (particularly to primary care).
3) "WONCA" (World Organisation of Family Doctors) bursary
A bursary of 750 Euros is made available annually. The winner of the WONCA 2016 bursary is Dr Thomas Micklewright, GPST2. Many congratulations to Dr Micklewright.
WONCA Conferences are annual opportunities for general practitioners and other scientists involved in Primary Care to meet, where Family Doctors from different countries share their knowledge and experience. Please email us on Mersey@rcgp.org.uk for more information.
4) RCGP Annual Conference bursaries
A bursary of £250 has been awarded to Dr Naomi Wakefield (AiT) to attend the RCGP Annual Conference in Harrogate (6-8 October 2016). We will be awarding bursaries again in 2017-18 financial year. Please email us on Mersey@rcgp.org.uk for more information.
Two bursaries of £250 have been awarded, via the RCGP Junior International Committee, to enable two junior international doctors to attend RCGP Annual Conference in Harrogate.
Dr Humera Hasan is Mersey Faculty First5 Lead.
Below are some resources you may find useful. Updates will be posted here. On-going feedback is welcome. Please continue to use the Mersey First5 feedback form.
First5 CPD resources
The variety and amount of electronic resources out there can be both overwhelming and difficult to navigate in searching for relevant information. Here is a collection of commonly used and established resources that may help you in finding answers to your PUNS, DENS or just general learning needs.
First5 local groups currently running
Attending a local group is a good way of keeping in contact with your peers and developing networks as well as meeting educational needs.
Groups running in Mersey and Cheshire [PDF]
If you would like to start a group please contact the RCGP Mersey Faculty for an informal discussion. If you already have a group and would like it to appear on this website please contact RCGP Mersey faculty.
First5 appraisal and revalidation
Further information on First5
Mersey Faculty has 110 Fellows. We are delighted to announce that at the National AGM in November 2016 four new Mersey Faculty fellowships were bestowed:
1. Dr Emma Lawrence, Wirral
2. Dr Jenny Fox, Southport
3. Dr Sharon Bell, Crewe
4. Dr Peter Arthur, Wirral
Currently 14 Mersey Faculty members are working towards Fellowship. We have a network of Fellows across Merseyside and Cheshire who actively encourage and assist members who are interested in Fellowship.
Please contact the Mersey Faculty for more information or visit the RCGP fellowship webpage. RCGP fellowship
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