Welcome to RCGP Cumbria Faculty. Although we are the smallest of the RCGP faculties with just over 400 members, we cover a very large geographical area both rural and urban. We have a very active Faculty board who meet quarterly to discuss issues relevant to general practice and the local area and also link with other local organisations to discuss issues. Cumbria Faculty traditionally have a strong cohort of AiTs and international medical graduates and we are always looking at new ways to support these groups
The Faculty has a strong commitment to supporting continuous professional development and offers a comprehensive programme of events, including a range of workshops and seminars on core topics such as Ophthalmology and Women's Health. We also host our Annual Branston Lecture which we run each year with a guest speaker and dinner. This event is free to all Cumbria Members with a small fee for guests.
Veteran friendly GP practices
We are working with NHS England to accredit GP practices as 'veteran friendly'. This programme supports practice to deliver the best possible care and treatment for patients who have served in the armed forces.
Over 2,000 GP practices in England are already accredited through this programme. We provide accredited practices with access to free online training, support them to identify and code their veteran patients, and offer advice on referrals. While each accredited practice must nominate a clinical lead, training content and activities are suitable for the whole practice to enhance your delivery of veteran healthcare.
To find out more information, please visit the Veterans' healthcare toolkit on our eLearning platform.
Cumbria faculty board
Our faculty board meet four times per year in February, June, September, and November, via Zoom. We rely on volunteers to play an active role locally, give views, feed in information from local groups, and shape local general practice via the board.
The board has several opportunities for you to become more active with the local faculty, for example: committee members, council representatives, leads and representatives for various groups including trainees, First5s, mid-career GPs, later career and retired members, EDI groups, LGBTQ+ members, sustainability groups - plus much more.
You can attend board as an observer to see what goes on. If you wish to join the board just let us know and we will affiliate you at the next AGM. If you would like to attend, then simply drop us a line.
Local training and development
The Cumbria Faculty has a very active Fellowship Committee who work towards nominating deserving Cumbria Faculty members through fellowship. Are you a member of five years long standing? Are you interested in being nominated for Fellowship? Do you have a colleague you would like to support through nomination? If your answer is 'yes' to any of these questions and you would like more information please see the Fellowship page to find out more, or you can contact the faculty office for more information
Meet your faculty
- Dr Peter Howarth - Provost
- Dr Dornu Lebari - Chair
- Dr Ebele Dunkwu - Vice Chair
- Dr Hezzy Olateru - Honorary Secretary
- Dr Judith Neaves - Treasurer