East Anglia Faculty

Faculty officers

  • Professor Amanda Howe, Provost and Deputy Representative on Council
  • Dr Tony Palframan, Chair
  • Dr Mark Sanderson, Treasurer
  • Dr Gary Howsam, Secretary and Faculty Representative on Council

Faculty board

  • Dr Mark Attah (Education Lead)
  • Vacant (First5 Lead)
  • Dr Nish Manek (Ait Lead)
  • Dr Muddasar Ahmed (AiT Lead)
  • Professor Simon Griffin
  • Professor John Howard
  • Dr Sonny Aung (International Lead)
  • Dr Kevork Hopayian (International Lead)
  • Professor Arthur Hibble (International Lead)
  • Dr Samita Mukhopadhyay
  • Dr Fiona Leckie

District Representatives

  • Dr Emma Brandon (Great Yarmouth)
  • Vacant (Ipswich)
  • Vacant (King's Lynn)
  • Vacant (Peterborough)
  • Dr Dickie Young (Norwich)
  • Dr Katie Keller (Cambridge)
  • Dr Sonny Aung (Bury St Edmunds)
  • Dr Andrew Wright (Huntingdon)
  • Mrs Jenny Aston (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)
  • Vacant (Lay Rep)


Dr Tony Palframan. Faculty ChairDr Tony Palframan. Faculty Chair

Professor Amanda Howe, Faculty ProvostProfessor Amanda Howe. Faculty Provost

Faculty events

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About us

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.
10 Core Roles for Faculties (approved by Council November 2013)

We support over 1760 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

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. Contact us

First 5 Leads
This role is vacant at present.

First5 activity in our area:

The Faculty are keen to continue to expand the First5 activities in our area including helping to facilitate peer support and networking across the region. We have already set up and started a series of interactive workshops for First5 GPs on topics particularly pertinent to a newly qualified GP. In addition we have created an online resource: newgpeastanglia.co.uk to help improve communication, and CPD group formation across the region together with highlighting educational opportunities locally. Finally we are hoping to improve links with the regional VTS schemes to further smoothen the transition from ST3 to qualified GP and improve the overall visibility of First5.

Faculty News

This year's AGM took place on Thursday 21 September at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket. The Minutes will be available shortly. Following the AGM we held our popular Awards Ceremony to celebrate all that is good in General Practice. The winners of this year's awards are as follows:

  • GP Award - Dr Tabasum Shah
  • Practice Nurse - Carol Manson
  • Practice Manager - Laura Holder
  • Practice Team - The Market Surgery, Aylsham

Many congratulations to our winners.

The 2017 Annual Symposium 'The Shifting Sands of General Practice' held on Wednesday 10 May at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds was very well attended and feedback was excellent.  Presentations from the speakers is now available to download:

The 4 P's workshop booklet is also available to download.

Next year's Annual Symposium will take place on Wednesday 16 May in Norwich. Further details to follow.


The last faculty board meeting was held on 21 September 2017. 

Future Board meetings

  • Tuesday 14 November
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018 
  • Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018

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.


Dr Kevork Hopayian has revised the Revalidation pages of AnglianGP. Please have a look.


Don't be shy, its time to apply! Why you should become FRCGP

Fellowship of our college has come through many iterations to arrive in its current format. Now its pretty much where it should be.

So why should you think about Fellowship? Unlike other Colleges, we do not award Fellowship as a reward for time served. It is a real statement of excellence and one that all members should aim for. It says something about you and your practice for which you can be justifiably proud. Colleagues and patients recognize this excellence.

It is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular. Fellows should exemplify our motto “cum scienta caritas”.

Have you been a member for at least 5 years and are you justifiably proud of your contribution to general practice? Then its time to apply.

  • So what do you need to do next? 
  • Why not talk to one of the Faculty Leads? 
  • Find out what cum scienta caritas means!
  • Start to fill in the forms. Complete your application form and find a nominator to support this.

Write your application as a narrative, this makes it easier to write about yourself. Where possible, include information about the 6 achievement categories. These categories are clinical practice, patient-centred practice, leadership, teaching and education, innovation and creativity, and academic and research.

  • Don't worry if you can include only one category
  • Look out for a series of events throughout the year

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 9 new Fellows

  • Dr Paul Strickland
  • Dr Susan Stanton
  • Dr Richard Marriott
  • Dr Philip Leftley
  • Dr Sabeena Foster
  • Dr Loveleen Deol
  • Dr Richard Musson
  • Dr Matthew Hunt
  • Dr Ardyn Ross

Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP)

If you are going through the MAP process and would like any advice, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you support through our MAP Lead.

Faculty Events

RCGP East Anglia Faculty has a well-established social calendar to encourage members to get together. These include our Annual Symposium, AGM, Practice Team Awards and other events such as the Annual Fellows meeting, AiT visits to 30 Euston Square, Careers Evenings and local district meetings. 

RCGP East Anglia Faculty are proud to deliver a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year.  Many of our courses are suitable for practice nurses and primary care staff.

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

Faculty Initiatives

International Work: Opportunities and Resources for Working and Studying Abroad

There are many opportunities for different stages of your career, from training to nearing retirement, and for different interests or skills.

During GP training

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) permits a year out from training in the UK subject to approval from your training board. There may be funding for OOPE in some regions through a Global Health Fellowship:

  • Associates in training and First Fives
  • The Junior International Committee of RCGP Int provides information and support
  • The Vasco da Gama Movement is the junior network of WONCA Europe

RCGP International

RCGP Int supports the development of high quality family medicine around the world and offers a variety of opportunities for work and study

  • Placements/exchanges in Europe through the Erasmus programme
  • Regional projects specific to location e.g. Sierra Leone, Uganda, Myanmar and led by local partners e.g. VSO, local GP societies
  • Posts in accreditation and training services on behalf of RCGP International to foreign organisations such as health ministries or universities
  • Grants for self-directed projects: International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill awards to fund study of or development of health care abroad
  • International newsletter available online with updated opportunities

International NGOs

  • Many NGOs recruit to posts in difficult areas often combining clinical practice with local mentoring/teaching
  • They tend to require medium term commitment (6 months to a year)
  • Examples: Medicins sans frontières, Merlin, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  • Short to medium term and self-directed projects
  • The BMA Humanitarian Fund supports humanitarian projects
  • International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill awards from RCGP Int

East Anglia Faculty International Representatives

  • Dr Sonny Aung
  • Professor Kevork Hopayian

Contact via Faculty Office

Awards and Prizes

The Carole Brown Memorial Award

An award of up to £2000 is granted annually in memory of Dr Carole Brown, a GP with outstanding leadership skills. This is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding to follow a project that you may not have had the opportunity to pursue.

The John Stevens Biennial Award

This award will support a GP who has gained their MRCGP or MAP in the last five years to produce a project that is in keeping with the aims of RCGP. The award of up to £2000 is given in memory of Dr John Stevens a GP with great gifts of leadership.

RCGP National News

RCGP campaign to increase funding for general practice. The share of NHS resources for general practice is falling year on year. GPs struggle to provide quality care on an ever decreasing budget. 

Back our campaign to increase the share to general practice and fine out why this campaign is so important.

Contact us

RCGP East Anglia Faculty
Church Farm
Maris Lane

Telephone: 020 3188 7693/7694

Email: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Administrator: Annemarie McCarty
Events Administrator: Keri Platt

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

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