Severn Faculty

Welcome from Severn Faculty

We support over 1700 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath and North-East Somerset and part of Wiltshire region. We provide local networking and education support to GPs and their peers in the area.

Get 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. Members of the Faculty contribute to shaping the future of general practice by having a say in issues pertinent to GPs which is then fed back to College Council.

Upcoming events

View details and online booking can be found along with all local education and social events

Our blog

Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

Your Faculty Board

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 Martyn HewettDr Martyn Hewett. Chair, Revalidation Lead, FFC

Barbara LaueDr Barbara Laue. Faculty Provost, Fellowship Lead and University Representative

  • Dr Phil Grimmer - Vice Chair
  • Dr Liz Alden - Education Lead
  • Dr Anne Whitehouse - Honorary Treasurer and Severn Deanery Representative
  • Dr Pam Curtis - Honorary Secretary, Deputy Education Lead and South Gloucestershire Representative
  • Dr Steve Holmes - Council Representative and FFC
  • Dr Jill Wilson - Deputy Council Representative and Assistant Mentoring Lead

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Sophie Aldridge - Joint First5 Lead
  • Dr Arla Gamper - AiT rep, ST3 and Deputy Lead Representative Severn, RCGP AiT Committee
  • Dr Yvette Pyne - AiT Rep, ST1 
  • Dr Mark Gillam - Joint Deputy Education Lead
  • Vacancy - Gloucestershire CCG Representative
  • Dr Anna Harrison - NQGP Mentorship Scheme Lead & Banes CCG Representative
  • Dr Matt Hoghton - Senior International Representative
  • Dr Hein Le Roux - Clinical Commissioning Lead
  • Dr Helen Marshall - Communications Lead & Joint First5 Lead
  • Vacancy - Junior International Representative
  • Dr Michelle Penn - Joint Deputy Education Lead (on maternity leave)
  • Dr Graham Rawlinson- MAP Lead and FFC
  • Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin - Lead rep Severn - RCGP AiT Committee
  • Dr Lindsay Smith  - FFC
  • Dr Peter Thomson - AiT Representative, ST2
  • Dr Andrea Waldecker - Junior International Representative
  • Dr Will Wallage - AKT Course Tutor
  • Vacancy - Lay Representative
  • Dr Peter Young - Research Lead 
  • Aaron Shaughnessy - Student Representative
  • Vacancy - GP Promotional Lead

10 core roles for faculties (approved by Council November 2013) [PDF]

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 14 November 2018. The date of the next Faculty Board Meeting is 20 February 2019 at a venue to be confirmed.  Subsequent meetings will be held on Thursday 13 June 2019, Wednesday 18 September 2019, Wednesday 20 November 2019 and on Wednesday 19 February 2020.  All meetings are due to be held in Bristol (venues to be confirmed) 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 2019 is scheduled to take place on 16 October 2019 in Bristol at a venue to be confirmed.  The event will include various interesting short talks by Bursary and Grant recipients and Conference posters.  Bookings will being taken via our online booking system.  Details on how to book will be announced closer to the time.


Faculty Events

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

Meet with other internationally minded GPs to discuss and learn about how to be involved in global health care.  Ever dreamt (or still dreaming) about doing a stint with MSF or setting up a teaching partnership with a surgery in Malawi but feel like day to day life gets in the way? ‘Severn International’ is a growing network of GPs with an interest in international health. Many of us have experience in or seek ways to combine a local GP career with work overseas, ranging from trainees preparing to work in South Africa, to qualified GPs volunteering for ‘Freedom from Torture’, teaching medical students on global health issues or planning to take on a new role after retirement. We would love you to come along and share your experiences and plans with like minded colleagues. Perhaps this could kick start plans for your next adventure. Details will be announced when more dates are set. These meetings are free to attend for members

The annual Severn GP Trainee Careers Fair is scheduled for 27 March 2019 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. Each year we 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 (which includes free lunch and refreshments) is charged at a very reasonable fee. GP TRAINEES ARE ASKED TO SAVE THE DATE.  Online bookings will go live shortly and will be advertised via the local Deanery newsfeed and our own weekly newsfeed and will be taken via this website.

We are taking bookings for our next two Minor Surgery Courses which will take place on 9 & 10 May 2019 and 7 & 8 November 2019 on at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. These two day courses 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 taken online now via this website. 

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.

Next year's Gala Dinner & Gale Lecture is now scheduled to take place on 14 June 2019 so please do save the date.  More details will be advertised shortly and bookings will be taken via this website.

Another event held annually for Trainee GPs as they celebrate their achievements is the Severn GP Trainee QI Awards and Graduation Celebration 2018 which took place at Bath Racecourse on 18 July 2018 This annual celebration is for all ST3/4s to mark successful completion of GP training with colleagues and supervisors, and to celebrate the start of your GP careers. Our guest speaker this year giving the “Michael Lennard Lecture” was Dr Waheed Arian, inspiring founder of Arianteleheal.   Photos and details of the event will be published on our Facebook page.  We will circulate details of the 2019 event once the date is set.

AKT  Preparation Courses will be running in Bristol on 4 December 2018 and 5 March 2019.  These courses have limited places and are reserved for Severn GP trainees (prepaid by their Deanery), and should be booked early via the Severn Faculty website, to avoid disappointment.    It may be possible for Non- Severn GP Trainees to book but they should, in the first instance, contact the faculty at Severn@rcgp.org.uk.  Bookings will be taken via the RCGP website.

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 Preparation Courses will be running in Bristol on 21/22 November, 12/13 December 2018 and 9/10 January 2019.  These courses have limited places and are reserved for Severn GP trainees (prepaid by their Deanery), and should be booked early via the Severn Faculty website, to avoid disappointment.    It may be possible for Non- Severn GP Trainees to book but they should, in the first instance, contact the faculty at Severn@rcgp.org.uk.  These bookings will be taken via the RCGP website.

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: 17:15
Day 2  Registration: 08:30      Close: 17:15

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


Faculty Initiatives

Severn NQGP Mentorship Scheme

Are you a newly qualified GP or in the first five years following qualification, 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.  Please email severn@rcgp.org.uk or

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 with regular free GP Mentor Training Courses/feedback meetings.

Funding opportunities - Severn Faculty Bursary Applications

Severn Faculty RCGP will consider Bursary applications from Members of the Faculty, Associates in Training (GP Trainees) plus Foundation doctors and Medical Students with an interest in GP. To be eligible for a Bursary, a doctor must be a ‘Member in good standing’, (that is, 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 foundation doctors and 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.


Local Events for GPs

Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society

The Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society 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
c/o UWE Glenside Campus
Rooms 2H001/2
Blackberry Hill
Bristol  BS16 1DD

T: 0203 188 7714
E: Severn@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Wednesday, 08:00 – 14:15 Thursday and 08:30 – 16:15 Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Jane Lohmann

Your local Faculty Events Administrator is Kelly Bush  

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