Severn Faculty

Faculty officers

Dr Graham Rawlinson (Provost, Fellowship lead and MAP lead)

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 David Baines (Social Media Lead)

Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST2)

Dr Tim Davis (Six Form Work Experience Scheme lead)

Dr Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST1)

Dr Samantha Gardner (Banes rep)

Dr Alexander Gates (Severn AiT Representative -RCGP AiT Committee)

Dr Sadaf Haque (Gloucester CCG rep)

Dr Anna Harrison (NQGP Mentorship Scheme Lead & Assistant Education Lead)

Dr Matt Hoghton (Senior International rep)

Dr Helen Pidduck (Communications lead)

Dr Barbara Laue (University rep, FFC and Bristol rep)

Dr Hein Le Roux (Clinical Commissioning lead);

Dr Paul Main (Alumni rep)

Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep)

Dr Megan Rowlands (Joint First5 lead)

Dr Lindsay Smith (FFC)

Dr John Sykes (AiT rep - ST3) 

Dr Andrea Waldecker (Junior International rep)

Lisa Wyatt-Jones (Lay rep)

Dr Peter Young (Research lead)

Martyn Hewett

Dr Martyn Hewett. Faculty Chair






Dr Graham Rawlinson Dr Graham Rawlinson. Faculty Provost (Severn)






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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 Graham Rawlinson (Provost, Fellowship Lead and MAP 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 David Baines (Social Media Lead); Dr Jack Collins (AiT rep - ST2); Dr Tim Davis (Six Form Work Experience Scheme lead); Arla Gamper (AiT rep - ST1); Dr Samantha Gardner (Banes rep); Dr Alexander Gates (Severn AiT Representative -RCGP AiT Committee); Dr Sadaf Haque (Gloucester CCG rep); Dr Anna Harrison (NQGP Mentorship Scheme Lead & Assistant Education Lead; Dr Matt Hoghton (Senior International rep);  Dr Barbara Laue (University rep, FFC and Bristol rep); Dr Hein Le Roux (Clinical Commissioning lead); Dr Paul Main (Alumni rep); Dr Sam Merriel (Junior International rep);  Dr Helen Pidduck (Communications lead); Dr Megan Rowlands (Joint First5 lead);Dr Lindsay Smith (FFC); Dr John Sykes (AiT rep - ST3); Dr Andrea Waldecker (Junior International rep); Dr Jill Wilson (Deputy Council rep, Assistant NQGP Mentorship Scheme lead and FFC); Lisa Wyatt-Jnes (Lay rep);  Dr Peter Young (Research 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 16 November 2016. The date of the next Faculty Board Meeting is 22 February 2017. Subsequent meetings are set for 14 June 2017, 20 September 2017, 15 November 2017 and 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 is scheduled to 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.

Tackling Chronic Diseases – 27 February 2017 (Free Course) Engineers’ House, Bristol
Are you getting ‘best bang from your brief-intervention buck?’   Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now form the lion’s share of GP workload, with many patients accumulating an array of co-morbidities:- diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke, respiratory disease, musculo-skeletal disorders, chronic kidney disease, liver disease and cancer. Underpinning both the risk and the progression of these conditions are modifiable, common, shared risk factors – smoking, alcohol, physical activity and nutritional status. Poorly chosen advice can backfire, whereas emerging evidence on ‘brief interventions’ plus use of well-established psychological techniques can effectively and efficiently unlock lifestyle behaviour change during primary care consultations. Bookings are now open via the online booking system.

Severn Faculty RCGP are delighted to announce the date for a mid-career GP event - Reinvigorating GP Careers Workshop -16 March 2017 Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol
Are you looking for ways to reinvigorate your career? Or perhaps inspiration to improve your working day? Bookings are now open via the online bookings system. 

The faculty organises an annual Careers Fair for AiTs which is popular and well attended. This years event will take place on 29 March 2017 at Engineers House, Bristol.  GP Trainees please be sure to put this in your calendars.  Bookings are now open via the online booking system.  

We are running a Minor Surgery Course - 4 & 5 May 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 taken via the online booking system.  Cost - Members: £460, AiT: £420 and Non-member: £500. 

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 will take place on Friday 19 May 2017 at the Orangery, De Vere Tortworth Estate, Wotton-under-Edge with guest speaker, Dr Dawn Harper.   This is expected to be an enjoyable evening event providing GPs with the opportunity to network in a lovely venue with good food and an interesting talk. Bookings are now open via the online booking system which also gives full details of the event.  Tickets: RCGP Members £45, Non-Members & Guests £50, AiTs, Foundation Doctors & Medical Students £35.

Another event held annually for Trainee GPs as they celebrate their achievements is the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards & Graduation. This event, which is organised jointly with Health Education England, Severn School of Primary Care, took place last year on 20 July 2016 at Bristol Pavilion.  We enjoyed short talks from various GP trainees on their many and varied activities, and celebrated the ST3/4's completion of training in Severn at this annual "Graduation" ceremony. Our guest speaker last year was Dr Phil Hammond, a well-known doctor, comedian and campaigner. His Michael Lennard Lecture was very entertaining and stimulating.  Photos from the event can be viewed on the Faculty facebook page.   We will be holding this event again in July this year.  The provisional date for this year's event is 19 July 2017.  Bookings will be taken via survey monkey and details will be circulated on how to book your place in our monthly newsletter.

AKT & CSA Preparation Course dates have now been released for 2017/18 and these are listed below.  Please click on a date below to download the appropriate course booking form or email: for information.



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

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 are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference.  
This year the event will be held 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 are specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs. It will be 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!

Application deadline 30 April 2017 - please contact us for details on how to apply.

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 will take place 28 June - 1 July 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Bursaries are available for ST2/ST3 GP trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attendthe conference in 2017.

Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty GP trainees and Severn Faculty First5 GPs.

The application deadline has now passed for this year's bursaries.  Those awarded will be notified and details will be announced in our monthly newsletter. 

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.

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 newsletter (monthly Faculty update email).

Download the Research grant application form

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

Download the 6th Formers Guide [PDF]

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 for a Mentoring request form or click here to download the form.

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. 

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: Kelly Bush (now on maternity leave) - Victoria Brookland (temporary cover)

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

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