Severn Faculty

Faculty officers

  • Dr Barbara Laue (Provost, Fellowship lead, University Rep and Bristol Rep))
  • Dr Martyn Hewett (Chair, Revalidation lead and FFC)
  • Dr Liz Alden (Vice Chair and Education lead)
  • Dr Anne Whitehouse (Honorary Treasurer and Severn Deanery rep)
  • Dr Pam Curtis (Honorary Secretary, Deputy Education lead (maternity cover) and South Gloucestershire rep)
  • Dr Steve Holmes (Council Representative and FFC )
  • Dr Jill Wilson (Deputy Council Representative, FFC and Assistant Mentoring Lead)

Faculty board

  • Dr Sophie Aldridge (Joint First5 lead)
  • Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST3)
  • Dr Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST2 and Deputy Lead rep Severn - RCGP AiT Committee)
  • Dr Mark Gillam (Joint Deputy Education lead)
  • Dr Sadaf Haque (Gloucester CCG rep)
  • Dr Anna Harrison (NQGP Mentorship Scheme lead, Joint GP Careers Promotion lead & Banes CCG rep)
  • Dr Matt Hoghton (Senior International rep)
  • Dr Hein Le Roux (Clinical Commissioning lead)
  • Dr Helen Marshall (Communications lead & Joint First5 lead))
  • Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)
  • Dr Michelle Penn (Joint Deputy Education lead)
  • Dr Graham Rawlinson (FFC and MAP lead)
  • Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin (Lead rep Severn - RCGP AiT Committee)
  • Dr Leka Satkunananthan (Joint GP Careers Promotion lead)
  • Dr Lindsay Smith (FFC)
  • Dr Peter Thomson (AiT rep - ST1)
  • Dr Andrea Waldecker (Junior International rep)
  • Dr Karen Wallace (Social Media Lead)
  • Dr Will Wallage  (AKT Course Tutor)
  • Lisa Wyatt-Jones (Lay rep)
  • Dr Peter Young (Research lead) 

Dr Martyn HewettDr Martyn Hewett. Faculty Chair

Barbara LaueDr Barbara Laue. Faculty Provost


Faculty events

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About us

The Faculty supports over 1700 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and part of Wiltshire region.

We actively support AiTs across the region. Please read on for details on the events and funding opportunities available to our members.

Faculty Representatives

Each faculty is represented by a Faculty Board, made up of a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntarily towards the College's vision, purpose and priority goals.

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

The last Faculty Board meeting was held on 15 November 2017. The date of the next Faculty Board Meeting is 21 February 2018. Subsequent meetings will be held on 13 June 2018, 19 September 2018, 14 November 2018 and 20 February 2019.  All meetings are due to be held in Bristol (Deanery House - address below) in the evening. All members are invited to attend these meetings and are very welcome. If you would like to come along, discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Severn Faculty AGM 2018 is scheduled to take place on 17 October 2018 at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol. The event will include various interesting short talks by Bursary and Grant recipients and Conference posters.


Faculty Events

Details of forthcoming Severn Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right.

Lifestyle Medicine for GPs, “Revolutionary Medicine 2 – The Health of The Practitioner” on 30 January 2018 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol.  RCGP Severn Faculty would like to warmly invite you to attend a one-day conference aimed at exploring Your Health. We will be looking at how to better your Wellbeing and Health using Lifestyle Medicine from experts in this field. Several aspects of PRACTITIONER HEALTH using lifestyle medicine. We will be focusing our attention on how we can move better, eat better, sleep better and rest better. This course is now fully booked.

Building a Sepsis aware system around General Practice event on 7 February 2018 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. We will hear what is already happening in the South West with the support of local clinical leaders and what may need to happen within your own practice or service. This workshop will be hosted by keynote speaker, Dr Simon Stockley HEE/RCGP Clinical Champion for Sepsis. Book your place

We will be running a Minor Surgery Course - on 3 & 4 May 2018 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. This two day course will enable you to develop the skills required to run a successful minor surgery service in primary care. Topics covered include minor skin procedures, joint injections and non-surgical techniques as well as advice about how to set up a service and the medico-legal and contractual obligations required of those practising minor surgery. These prove popular so please book your place to avoid disappointment. Bookings are being be taken via the online booking system. Book your place. 

We hold an annual Gala Dinner with After Dinner Gale lecture, which is held in memory of Dr Arthur H Gale. In 1950 he was appointed as the first director of postgraduate medical studies in the University of Bristol. He set up the general organisation for the new pre-registration posts and the registrars in the hospitals of the South-Western Region; he also initiated the postgraduate courses in Bristol and the region. He was a good friend to local GPs and the Faculty.

This year's Gala Dinner & Gale Lecture will take place on 8 June 2018 at the Mercure Grand Bristol hotel in Broad Street, Bristol in the evening.  We are pleased to announce our Gale Lecture will be given by Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGP. Helen is Chair of Council for the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a part-time GP partner and her academic research has explored many aspects of women's health, including gynaecological cancer screening, epidemiology and data linkage studies. This will be an enjoyable evening with an interesting talk entitled "A vision for the future of GP."  Please save the date. We will be taking online bookings shortly. 

Another event held annually for Trainee GPs as they celebrate their achievements is the MDU GP Trainee Graduation Celebration and Awards. This event, which is organised jointly with Health Education England, Severn School of Primary Care, took place at Bath Racecourse on in July 2017.  Photos and details of the event have been published on our Facebook page. This event will be held on 18 July 2018. Full details including venue will be circulated shortly. Please save the date.

AKT & CSA Preparation Courses These courses have limited places so book early to avoid disappointment. Please click on a date below to download the appropriate course booking form or email: severn@rcgp.org.uk for more information. Courses will be run during 2018/19 - booking forms will be downloadable from this page shortly. 

AKT - A one day RCGP accredited course, run by the Severn Faculty, preparing for the Applied Knowledge Test of the MRCGP, to include methods of preparation, statistics for the MRCGP exam and a mock AKT paper.   

Course timings

Registration: 08:45 
Close: 16:45

CSA - These two day RCGP accredited courses, run by the Severn Faculty, will include an introduction to MRCGP, what to expect and live CSA circuits in communication, ethical dilemmas and clinical cases.  

Course timings

Day 1 Registration: 08:30
Close: 16:05
Day 2  Registration: 08:30 
Close: 18:00 

If you are not a Severn Deanery trainee and are interesting in booking a place on a course, please contact severn@rcgp.org.uk or check online as bookings will be taken online for the courses when open to external trainees.

Please contact us if you require any further information - severn@rcgp.org.uk

The Severn GP Trainee Careers Fair 2018 will take place on 21 March 2018 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. We will have a full programme of workshops throughout the day with a range of speakers on subjects like locum, partnerships, alternative career paths, pensions, appraisal and revalidation and will include key note speakers. We also have GP appropriate trade stands in a marquee. The day includes lunch and refreshments at a very reasonable cost. Bookings are advertised via the local Deanery newsfeed and our own weekly newsfeed and will be taken online via this website. Book your place


Faculty Initiatives

Funding opportunities

Severn Faculty Bursary Applications

Severn Faculty RCGP will consider Bursary applications from Members of the Faculty, Associates in Training (GP Trainees) and Medical Students. To be eligible for a Bursary, a doctor must be a ‘Member in good standing’, (ie. have paid the annual subscription to College which is appropriate to their role). Hence, the award process is open without discrimination to all paid-up members whether they be an AiT, First 5, Principal, Salaried, Associate, Assistant or Locum GP. In addition, we welcome applications from medical students with an interest in Primary Care.

Bursaries have a maximum value of £500 to contribute towards or pay for the costs associated with General Practice projects they wish to undertake. All innovative projects relevant to Primary Care in the Severn region will be considered. Projects or activities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Service development activities
  • Research
  • Conference attendance (usually with a poster or oral presentation)

The activity proposed by the applicant should satisfy some or all of the following criteria:

  1. Direct and clear benefit to Society / Patients (essential requirement)
  2. Clear benefit to the professional development of the individual doctor
  3. Benefit to other doctors and/or health staff
  4. Benefit to the RCGP
  5. Benefit to the Severn Faculty

Applications should be submitted to the Faculty on the Bursary application form [Word]. Applicants should use a maximum of 500 words to describe the project/ activity and how it fulfills the required criteria. The application should include an outline of the costs and how a Bursary would be spent.  Please send your completed application form to SevernFacultybursaries@rcgp.org.uk.

Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty’s Bursary committee on a quarterly basis (with closing dates at the end of December, March, June and September). Applicants will be notified of the result within a month of the end of each application window.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a report for the Faculty at the conclusion of their project which may be published via the Faculty’s newsfeed, and will also be asked to present at the Faculty’s AGM (usually in the Autumn).

Please note that the Faculty has a limited Bursary fund. Up to three Bursaries will be available in each 3 month period, and any unused Bursaries will be available in the next quarter. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to re-apply during subsequent application windows.

Sixth-formers work experience 

We have produced an information guide for GPs who are interested in offering work experience to sixth formers detailing ideas and information from GPs currently offering placements throughout the area, the guide covers aspects such as:

  • confidentiality
  • mock interviews
  • how other surgeries deliver work experience to their students
  • University requirements and the UCAS process

We are compiling a central database of GP practices willing to offer students work experience. If you are interested in being included, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are always happy to coordinate the placement of sixth form students in work experience with the GP practices on our list.  Please email Severn@rcgp.org.uk for details and to request an application form to apply.

Severn NQGP Mentorship Scheme

Are you a newly qualified GP who would like to be matched with a GP Mentor?

NQGPs please do not hesitate to contact Severn Faculty for more information on how to be matched with a GP mentor. Email severn@rcgp.org.uk

The Severn Faculty run a GP Mentorship Scheme. This is an initiative originally developed by local GPs, which was jointly funded by RCGP Severn Faculty, the School of Primary Care of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and the CCGs with support from the local GP Education Trusts. It aims to provide confidential mentoring support to newly qualified GPs in Severn. Please contact us if you would like more information on the scheme or are thinking of becoming a mentor. GP Mentors are provided ith regular free GP Mentor Training Courses/feedback meetings. 


Local Events for GPs

Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society

Dr Monika Blackwell invites you to attend The Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society which aims to promote the exchange of views between health professionals through education and dialogue. Members consist of doctors and dentists, GPs and Secondary Care Specialists, medical students and retired Professors. For more information or contact the Society Administrator, Sam Walker: admin@bristolmedchi.co.uk

Health Learning Partnership

Local educational organisation providing primary care focused courses for GPs and clinicians


How to survive as a new GP

Starting out as a newly qualified GP (NQGP) is exciting - the start of a stimulating and rewarding career. But it can also be tough. Overwhlemed, unsupported, isolated; these are words sometimes mentioned by those who have left their training posts and start out as independent general practitioners. What should be the beginning of an inspirational and fulfilling journey can be tainted by clinical uncertainty, time pressures and a lack of sense of direction.

Written in association with the Severn School of Primary Care, the RCGP Severn Faculty, Concord Medical Centre and the RCGP First5 Programme, 'Surviving as a New GP' is a concise new 33 page guide, largely written by a team of local GPs, that hopes to bridge this gap by covering the following five key areas:

  1. Learning about yourself
  2. Getting to know your practice
  3. Planning ahead and taking action (including appraisal and revalidation)
  4. Mentoring
  5. Looking after yourself

Practices that want to support NQGPs better, but don't know where to start, will also find much of the material useful. To learn more, download your free copy now


Contact us

RCGP Severn Faculty
Deanery House
Unit D - Vantage Office Park
Old Gloucester Road
Hambrook
Bristol  BS16 1GW

Telephone: 01454 252 725
Email: Severn@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Administrator: Jane Lohmann
Events Administrator: Cel Hardy (maternity cover) Kelly Bush (currently on maternity leave)

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

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