South West Wales Faculty

Welcome from South West Wales Faculty

A warm welcome from South West Wales Faculty.  We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Swansea in the south, up to Aberystwyth in the north and Builth Wells in the east, supporting over 530 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training. The Faculty has a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of education courses, tailored to local needs, as well as bursaries and awards to support and recognise innovation and development.  

Get involved

We meet four times per year in February, June, September and November to progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to Welsh Council and College Council. Local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions – we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme and to raise awareness of the demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike.  If you would like to find out more about the Faculty and your local GP network we would be delighted to hear from you.

Upcoming events

We provide education courses and networking events throughout the region and many of these events contribute to CPD and professional development.  If you have ideas or suggestions for what would benefit the membership locally please contact the Faculty - your views are important.

View all learning and social events in South West Wales

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers










Dr Will Mackintosh. Chair

Dr Mark Vaughan

Dr Mark Vaughan. Provost

  • Dr Dave Wilson - Honorary Secretary 
  • Dr Keith Hawkins - Honorary Treasurer


Faculty Board members

  • Hannah Walrond - Student Representative 
  • Becky James - Student Representative 
  • Dr Katie Williams -First5 Representative
  • Dr Ritu Nirula - First5 Representative
  • Dr Julie Keely - Education Lead
  • Dr Roddy Evans - Education Lead
  • Dr Suchitra Vijayanarasimhan - International Representative
  • Dr Sanjiv Khanna - International Representative
  • Dr Vivek Buntwal - Board Member
  • Dr Bridget Gwynne
  • Dr Jon Morris
  • Dr Kerry Phillips
  • Dr Gemma Jones
  • Dr Shanti Karupiah

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 next Board Meeting will take place on 13 June 2018 at The Village Hotel Swansea. Please contact the Faculty Office for the details if you wish to join us at the meeting or dial in. 

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. 


Wales Local Advocate Programme  

On the 1 October 2017 RCGP Wales appointed 7 Advocates. Their role is to support the work of the College in Wales in supporting strategic healthcare planning at the LHB level and identifying service development opportunities for general practice. They pull through resource and experience from the RCGP at local and national level, and add richness and expertise to local plans. For more information please contact Andrew Evans.


Faculty Events

Up and coming events are Basic Life Saving and More Essential Dermatology

Please find training video links from the recent Cancer Study Day held in association with Macmillan Cancer Support:

We are always striving to provide events and activities that are of benefit to members locally. Your views are important to us, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for future initiatives, or feedback on the services you have received from us, please contact us.

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


Faculty Initiatives

Fellowship

We have a Faculty Fellowship committee to consider and support the nomination process. If you wish to join the Fellowship committee or know of a GP who would be suitable for a nomination please contact us.

What is Fellowship?

Mentoring

The All Wales Mentoring scheme aims to provide confidential support to newly qualified GPs.  If you would like further details please contact the Faculty Administrator.

Faculty Bursaries

Amber Wheatley was 2017 winner of the Student Prize, congratulations to all entrants which were of a very high standard.

Dr Siobhan Wild, Dr Lauren Thomas, Dr Jon Morris Dr Emmanuel Owoso and Dr Patricia Hanna were the Annual Conference Bursary winners in 2017.

Deadline for the 2018 Annual Conference Bursaries and Student Prize is 31 May 2018.

Associates in Training

Access our AiT Handbook [PDF] which has everything you need to know as a Trainee from the very start of your training.

How to survive as a new GP

Starting out as a newly qualified GP is exciting - the start if a stimulating and rewarding career. But it can also be tough. Overwhelmed, unsupported, isolated: these are words sometimes mentioned by those who have left their training posts and starting 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.

Surviving as a New GP [PDF ] is a concise guide that hopes to bridge the gap, download your copy now.

Contact us

RCGP South West Wales Faculty
Regus House
Falcon Drive
Cardiff Bay     
CF10 4RU

T: 0203 188 7764
E: swwales@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:45 – 15:15, Monday to Thursday 

Your local Faculty Administrator is is Kirsty Dodd 

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