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 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)

Vacancy (Social Media Lead)

Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST3)

Dr Tim Davis (Six Form Work Experience Scheme lead)

Dr Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST2 and Deputy Lead rep Severn - RCGP AiT Committee)

Dr Sadaf Haque (Gloucester CCG rep)

Dr Anna Harrison (NQGP Mentorship Scheme Lead & Banes CCG rep)

Dr Matt Hoghton (Senior International rep)

Dr Hein Le Roux (Clinical Commissioning lead)

Dr Helen Marshall (Communications lead)

Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)

Dr Graham Rawlinson (FFC and MAP lead)

Dr Megan Rowlands (Joint First5 lead)

Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin (Lead rep Severn - RCGP AiT Committee)

Dr Lindsay Smith (FFC)

Dr Peter Thomson (AiT rep - ST1)

Dr Andrea Waldecker (Junior International rep)

Lisa Wyatt-Jones (Lay rep)

Dr Peter Young (Research lead)

Martyn Hewett

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Martyn Hewett - Faculty Chair 

Barbara Laue   Dr Barbara Laue - Faculty Provost (Severn)


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.

Faculty Officers

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

Faculty Board

  • Dr Sophie Aldridge (Joint First5 lead)
  • Vacancy (Social Media Lead)
  • Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST3)
  • Dr Tim Davis (Six Form Work Experience Scheme lead)
  • Dr Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST2 and Deputy Severn AiT Lead rep - RCGP AiT Committee))
  • Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin (Severn AiT Lead rep - RCGP AiT Committee)
  • Dr Sadaf Haque (Gloucester CCG rep)
  • Dr Anna Harrison (NQGP Mentorship Scheme Lead & Banes CCG rep)
  • Dr Matt Hoghton (Senior International rep)
  • Dr Hein Le Roux (Clinical Commissioning lead)
  • Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)
  • Dr Helen Marshall (Communications lead)
  • Dr Graham Rawlinson (FFC & MAP rep)
  • Dr Megan Rowlands (Joint First5 lead)
  • Dr Lindsay Smith (FFC)
  • Dr Peter Thomson (AiT rep - ST1)
  • Dr Andrea Waldecker (Junior International rep)
  • Dr Jill Wilson (Deputy Council rep, Assistant NQGP Mentorship Scheme lead and FFC)
  • Lisa-Jane Wyatt (Lay rep)
  • Dr Peter Young (Research lead)
  • Vacancy (Assistant Education Lead)

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 20 September 2017. The date of the next Faculty Board Meeting is 15 November 2017. A subsequent meeting will be held on 21 February 2018.  All meetings will 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 2017 will take place on 18 October 2017 at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol in the evening. This event will include various interesting short talks by Bursary and Grant recipients and Conference posters. All members are invited to attend. 

In line with our sustainability policy, all our communications are now distributed electronically. Please make sure we have your up-to-date email address.


Faculty Events

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

In collaboration with Tamar Faculty we have organised a Minor Surgery Course - on 9 & 10 November 2017 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 will be running another Minor Surgery Course on 3 & 4 May 2018 in Bristol.

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 with Gale Lecture took place on Friday 19 May 2017 at the Orangery, De Vere Tortworth Estate, Wotton-under-Edge with guest speaker, Dr Dawn Harper. This was an enjoyable evening event providing GPs with an opportunity to network in a lovely venue with good food and an interesting talk.  

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 Wednesday 19 July 2017.  Photos and details of the event have been published on our Facebook page. 

Looking Forward to An At Scale Future? 23 October 2017  Many practices in England are moving away from a traditional model of general practice towards a more collaborative way of working.  For those who are wondering what working at scale actually means for you. This free half day event is being held at Engineer’s House, Bristol

Social and networking event for GPs approaching retirement and retired GPs is taking place on Thursday 26 October 2017, 6pm - 9pm, at Engineers House, Bristol.  Are you newly retired? Are you thinking about retirement in the near future? Then come along and meet other retired or soon to be retired GPs and learn about what life is or could be like after practice!  We will be providing a hot buffet, wine and soft drinks and will include a couple of short talks.  Please Click Here to book a place.

AKT & CSA Preparation Course dates for 2017/18 and these are listed below. 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.

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 - This two day RCGP accredited course, 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.

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

GP Trainee Careers Fair 2018

We have set a date for next year's GP Trainee Conference and Careers Fair of 21 March 2018.  This is an annual event and takes place 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.  The day includes lunch and refreshments at a very reasonable cost.  Bookings will be advertised via the local Deanery newsfeed and our own weekly newsfeed and will be taken online via this website.

 


Local Events for GPs

2 November 2017, St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5R

7.30pm GPs on the Brink: Restoring the Joy to General Practice Lecture by Professor Helen Stokes Lampard
9pm A performance of 'prescribed' by Viv Gordon based on University of Bristol research.

Please Click Here for more information.

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.  Please Click Here 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.

Click here for their program of courses.

 


Faculty Initiatives

Funding opportunities

RCGP Annual Conference 2017 Bursaries

Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, we were able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference.  
This year the event took place on 12-14 October 2017 at ACC Liverpool.

The annual primary care conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and bringing together an impressive range of national and international speakers.

This year’s theme is 'Forward together - how we lead primary care to the next level' and the programme is packed with seminars and workshops relevant to all GPs, several of which were specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs. It was extremely informative to foundation doctors and medical students.

The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet GPs from across the UK and good fun!
Bursary recipients are required to provide a short report and give a short presentation on the poster they presented at the conference or a summary of their experiences at the conference at the Severn AGM or a Faculty Board meeting following the conference.

WONCA Europe Conference 2017 Bursaries

The WONCA Europe Conference took place 28 June - 1 July 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Two bursaries were awarded for ST2/ST3 GP trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2017.
Entry was by competition, open to Severn Faculty GP trainees and Severn Faculty First5 GPs.

Bursary recipients are required to provide a short report and give a short presentation outlining the highlights and what they gained through their attendance of the conference, at the Severn AGM or a Faculty Board meeting following the conference.  These reports will be circulated via our faculty newsfeed to Severn faculty members.

Sponsorship is supporting the Vasco da Gama movement (www.vdgm.eu) and is available for ST2 & ST3 trainees or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years). Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty GP trainees and Severn Faculty “First 5” GPs.  

Annual Research Grant

We are pleased to be able to offer up to four research grants per year, each of up to £500. We encourage submissions from any member of the Primary Health Care Team in the Faculty including GPs and Registrars.

Applications are welcome throughout the year. Successful applicants will be expected to write a formal report on their work which may subsequently be edited and published in our weekly newsfeed.

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

To download a Mentoring request form click here [Word].  Please email or post the completed request form to us.

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. 

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 252725
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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