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)

Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST3)

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, 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)

Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)

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)

Lisa Wyatt-Jones (Lay rep)

Dr Peter Young (Research lead)

vacancy (Joint First5 lead)

vacancy (Deputy Education Lead)

vacancy (AKT Course Tutor)

Martyn Hewett






Dr Martyn Hewett - Faculty Chair 

Barbara Laue

Dr Barbara Laue - Faculty Provost (Severn)

Faculty events

View our list of courses and book a place

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)
  • Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST3)
  • Dr Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST2 and Deputy Severn AiT Lead rep - RCGP AiT Committee)
  • 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)
  • Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)
  • Dr Graham Rawlinson (FFC & MAP rep)
  • Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin (Severn AiT Lead rep - 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 Jill Wilson (Deputy Council rep, Assistant NQGP Mentorship Scheme lead and FFC)
  • Lisa-Jane Wyatt (Lay rep)
  • Dr Peter Young (Research lead)
  • Vacancy ((Joint First5 lead)
  • Vacancy (Deputy Education Lead)
  • Vacancy (AKT Course Tutor)

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. 

We currently have a vacancy for a Joint First5 GP Lead.  If you are interested in this role please contact in the first instance or let us know and come along as an Observer to a board meeting to find out more about the role.

Severn Faculty RCGP is recruiting to new posts within the Education Team.  Please click on the below advert and job descriptions for more information:

Education Team vacancy advert/information

Deputy Education Lead Job Description

AKT Course Tutor Job Description

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.

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 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.  We have set a date for the next Gala Dinner & Gale Lecture of 8 June 2018 and are pleased to announce our Gale Lecture will be given by Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard.  This will be an enjoyable evening with an interesting talk.  We will be taking bookings shortly.  Please save the date. 

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 in July 2018.  Full details including venue and date will be circulated in due course. 

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: 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

Please contact us if you require any further information at

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

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:

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 ( 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 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

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
Bristol  BS16 1GW

Telephone: 01454 252725

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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