Tamar Faculty

Faculty officers

Dr Nick Bradley, Provost

Dr Susanna Hill, Chair and Deputy Council Representative

Dr Shipra Rao, Secretary and Education Lead for Cornwall

Dr Chris Clark, Treasurer and Fellowship Lead


Faculty board

Dr Jonathan White (Council Rep)

Professor John Campbell (Research Lead)

Mrs Fiona Cook (Practice Nurse Rep)

Dr Susanna Hill (Education Lead for North Devon)

Dr Emma Mair (Education Lead for Plymouth)

Dr Richard Pratt (First5 Rep)

Dr Nick Hodges (First5 Rep)

Professor Sir Denis Pereira Gray (Honorary Member)

Dr Helen Angel (Rep for Cornwall and International Rep)

Ms Ellie White (Exeter Student Rep)

Taliesin Hawkins (Plymouth Student Rep)

Dr Jes Dell'Anno (AiT Rep)

Dr Oliver Prescott (AiT Rep)

Dr Anna Turner (AiT Rep)

Dr Chris Campbell (Education Lead for Exeter)

Dr Pip Hayes (Exeter)

Dr Alex Harding

Dr Duncan Bardner (Devon LMC Observer)

Susanna HillDr Susanna Hill. Faculty Chair






Nick BradleyDr Nick Bradley. Faculty Provost







AiT Competition - RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference and Exhibition 2017

The RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference & Exhibition 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.

The 2017 Conference will take place in Liverpool, 12 - 14 October 2017. The theme will be 'Forward Together: How we lead primary care to the next level'.
Full details about the conference can be found at http://www.rcgp.org.uk/learning/rcgp-annual-conference.aspx

The Tamar Faculty is sponsoring one GP trainee member to attend this year’s Annual Primary Care Conference. The prize will cover the cost of the full registration at the conference.

To apply please write 200 words expressing how you would benefit from this opportunity. One of the conditions of the prize is that you write a brief review of your experience at the conference for us to publish in the Tamar Faculty newsletter . Please send your applications to tamar@rcgp.org.uk

This competition is only open to GP trainees, who are Tamar Faculty members. A receipt for your booking will be required to claim the prize.

Deadline: Friday 11th August 2017


Education Counts! - Opportunity with the Tamar Faculty

Are you interested in helping to provide high quality educational opportunities for general practitioners in your area?

The Tamar Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners is seeking education leads for North Devon and Torbay. The lead role involves co-ordination and facilitation of educational events for general practitioners in the area.

You will join an established team of educational leads across Devon and Cornwall and be part of the Tamar Faculty Board. Applicants need to have enthusiasm, good organisational skills and a desire to support colleagues develop through education.

To find out more please email tamar@rcgp.org.uk


Faculty Events

View Faculty events

We update the website with our events and these can been seen and booked by following the link at the top right hand corner of the page.

If you require any information about our events please contact Natalie Bastone, tamar@rcgp.org.uk


About us

The Tamar Faculty supports over 1250 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Devon and Cornwall.

To take account of the wide geographical spread of members and the limited transportation links, we have three regional education leads covering Plymouth, Exeter and Cornwall. These leads organise well attended Monthly CPD meetings for members in these localities.


Introducing the Tamar Faculty Chair

Dr Susanna Hill has been the Faculty Chair since April 2016.

Susanna has been a principal in General Practice in North Devon for 29 years. In 1997, after obtaining the Diploma in Palliative Medicine she started work in North Devon Hospice. At that time the Hospice consisted of a Community Nursing team and Day Care Centre and General Practitioners across the area. She was appointed as a Macmillan GP Facilitator in Cancer and End of Life Care and worked to introduce the Integrated Care Pathway for the Dying, Gold Standards Framework, 'Just in Case', prescribing and other initiatives aimed at improving End of Life Care for patients, initially in North Devon and then with colleagues across the Peninsula.

Today Susanna works as a GP Facilitator together with six colleagues in Devon, but is also a Macmillan GP Advisor for Devon and Cornwall and the Generalist Clinical Lead for the South West End of Life Network. She is committed to medical training, working for the University of Exeter Medical School as a Community Sub-Dean in North Devon and Associate Dean for the GP school at the Peninsula Deanery, working as the Quality Assessment lead. She is senior partner in her practice in Braunton and still feel that is an amazing privilege to work as a GP.


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 June 2017 at 19.30 at the Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton PL16 OAA.

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered, or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

The 2017 AGM was held on Thursday 27 April at the Buckfast Conference Centre. The minutes will be available, once agreed.


Research Award

The Tamar Faculty Research Award is to support practice based and practice led research in a service general practice in Tamar Faculty.

Our congratulations go to Dr Tim Bray from Beacon Medical Group in Plymouth for his winning entry 'Understanding the Perceptions and Current Use of Technology and Digital Health Solutions in Patients'.


Free Monthly CPD Meetings in Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall

Every month the RCGP Tamar Faculty organises evening meetings.  These meetings educate, update and provide a platform for peer group networking and mentorship.

  • The meetings are free of charge
  • RCGP membership not required
  • All local GPs, Locums, First5s, AiTs, trainees, practice nurses and multi-disciplinary Primary Care staff are welcome to attend 

Click here to view the Exeter meetings.

Click here to view the Cornwall meetings.

Click here to view the Plymouth meetings.


Tamar GP Mentoring Scheme

The Tamar Faculty has launched a GP Mentorship Scheme. This initiative, which is funded by Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education, HESW aims to provide confidential mentoring support to newly qualified GPs in Tamar.  If you are a NQGP within your first 5 years past graduation, and want to find out more about being mentored please contact us for more information on how to be matched with a GP mentor. 

Similarly, additional mentors are required.  If you feel your experience might be of benefit to a NQGP please get in touch with us and we can provide further details.

Full details [PDF]


Faculty Initiatives

Student prizes and bursaries

We award an annual prize of £300 to an undergraduate student of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter Medical School, Plymouth University School of Medicine or a student undertaking any other medical degree in the South West, judged to have produced the best piece of writing relating directly to any aspect of community-based primary medical care.

We also award a bursary of up to £500 to a student of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry to support the student's period of elective study in Phase 3 of the undergraduate course. Submissions should demonstrate insight into current issues facing primary care at local, national, or global levels.


Contact us

RCGP Tamar Faculty
University of Exeter Medical School
Smeall Building
St Luke's Campus

Telephone: 01392 722744
Fax: 01392 432223
Email: tamar@rcgp.org.uk

Events Administrator: Natalie Bastone (maternity cover)

Events Administrator: Alice Sefton (maternity leave)


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