South East Thames Faculty

Welcome from the South East Thames Faculty. We support over 2,000 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Kent and East Sussex as well as the outer fringes of South East London. The Faculty provides a number of educational and social events for our members as well as a Student, AiT and First5 bursary to attend the RCGP Annual Conference (2-day ticket price only), BSMS and KMMS student prizes. The Faculty can also award 'seed corn' research funding up to £1,500.

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16 July 2024

SCA cases and panel discussion (free preparation webinar)

Join us for the concluding instalment of our two-part series of FREE webinars on the SCA exam, led by esteemed professionals Dr Roger Neighbour, Dr Robin Simpson, and Dr Jim Bartlett. With extensive experience as examiners and facilitators of successful SCA prep courses for the RCGP, they bring a wealth of knowledge to guide you through this crucial examination.

24 July 2024

Telephone consulting and triage skills

This online course will provide you with a real understanding of how to manage the risks involved in remote telephone consultations and the benefits this work can bring when practiced effectively. This day will give you tools and techniques to best handle remote telephone consultations.

25 July 2024

Effective out of hours training | part 3: laboratory results, palliative care and telephone triage

This four-part online course is aimed at GP Trainees and GPs new to out of hours, working towards their urgent and unscheduled care competencies and GPs wanting to start or return to out of hours work.

30 July 2024

Effective out of hours training | part 4 sepsis, mental health and challenging situations

This four-part online course is aimed at GP Trainees and GPs new to out of hours, working towards their urgent and unscheduled care competencies and GPs wanting to start or return to out of hours work.

Board meetings and AGM

The Faculty Board meets four times a year. Being a part of our Faculty gives members the chance to contribute to shaping the future of general practice and having input into RCGP Council. All local members are welcome to join Board meetings and the AGM, and take part in the discussions.

Later Career and Retired Members Event - Future Engagement

The Later Careers and Retired Members (LCARM) Group was formed in 2018 to provide support and advice for any member starting to plan for their later careers and beyond into retirement beyond clinical practice. Dr Ian Jutting is the LCARM Lead for South East Thames Faculty. The RCGP hosts a National Later Career and Retired Members Committee which Ian attends as our Faculty lead.

During the Covid pandemic, several of our retired members have returned to help provide support during the emergency, in various roles such as the NHS111 National Covid Clinical Assessment Service, Test and Trace Service, NHS Covid Vaccination service and Health Education England. We have been sharing their experiences in our meetings. The Faculty has also hosted several other meetings of wider interest including a series on Wellbeing hosted by Dr Linda Miller and a further meeting hearing about the new Kent and Medway Medical School in Canterbury. If you would like further information, please contact the Faculty Administrator.

Local training and development

Research funding

We are pleased to offer 'seed corn' research funding. Up to £1500 will be awarded annually for pre-protocol, scoping or pilot work. It is hoped that the award, together with appropriate mentorship, will enable a novice researcher to make a credible bid for definitive project funding or a personal research fellowship to an external funding agency. The award is normally for general practitioners, but other applications would also be considered as long as non GP applicants can demonstrate that the research will benefit day to day general practice. Please contact us for more information.

Research Interest Groups

The Faculty is keen to develop research interest groups and will provide some financial support for meeting co-ordination. To establish a research interest group in your locality please submit a proposal outlining the aims, potential members and a programme of activities for the first year. Applications should be sent to the Faculty Office and should not exceed two sides of A4.

Awards and prizes

RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames and Brighton and Sussex Medical School Student Prize

For Brighton and Sussex Medical School students only, the RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames Faculties are sponsoring a competition whereby the BSMS tutors invite their top twenty students to submit a reflection, on one side of A4, giving their thoughts of general practice. The tutors short list the entries and then invite the two faculties to agree the awards. The Faculties could then publish the winning entries in their e-bulletin to members. First prize is a cash prize of £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50. Details for 2022 to be announced.

Meet your faculty

Faculty Board Executives

  • Dr Win Phag-Udom - Chair & International Representative
  • Dr Ian Jutting - Provost, Co-Vice Chair & Deputy Council Representative
  • Dr Awadh Jha - Honorary Secretary & LCARM Lead
  • Dr John Neden- Co Vice Chair and Co-Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Kate Neden - Co-Honorary Treasurer and Council Representative
  • Dr Jane Roome - Education Lead

Faculty Board Members and Leads

  • Dr Debbie Taylor 
  • Lorna Priddle - Lay member
  • Dr Ralph Mortimer Roome - Climate and Sustainability Lead
  • Dr Gaurav Asal and Dr Imran Jawaid - Co-EDI Lead
  • Dr Duncan Shrewsbury
  • Dr Helen Smart
  • Dr Melissa Mather - AiT Lead
  • Dr Shamarah Mathurin-Charles - AiT Lead
  • Dr Nwanneka Gaius-Anonaba - First5 Lead
  • Dr Caroline Sweeney

Contact us

RCGP South East Thames Faculty
30 Euston Square
London
NW1 2FB

Telephone: 020 3188 7543
Email: sethames@rcgp.org.uk

Office opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is Katie Biring.

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(Approved by the College Council under Byelaw 50)

Interpretation

  1. The Interpretation Act 1978 applies to these Byelaws as to an Act of Parliament.
  2. Words and phrases used in the Charter, Ordinances and Byelaws of the College mean the same in these Byelaws.

Faculty Name

  1. The name of the Faculty shall be the South East Thames Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners (referred to in these Rules as “the Faculty”).

Area of the Faculty

  1. The area of the Faculty shall be the counties of Kent and East Sussex, plus the outer fringes of certain parts of South London.

Terms of Reference

  1. The terms of reference of the Faculty are to further the College object in the area referred to in Byelaw 4 of these Byelaws, subject to the Charter, Ordinances and Byelaws of the College.

Membership of the Faculty

  1. The members of the Faculty shall be those members of the College practising or employed in the area referred to in Byelaw 4 of these Byelaws or, if retired or otherwise not practising or employed, residing within that area. The Board may in addition permit the privileges of membership of the Faculty to be made available to members of the College not qualified for membership of the Faculty under the previous provisions of this Byelaw.

Associateship of the Faculty

  1. The associates of the Faculty shall be those associates of the College practising or employed in the area referred to in Byelaw 4 of these Byelaws or, if retired or otherwise not practising or employed, residing within that area. The Board may in addition grant the privileges of associateship of the Faculty to individual associates of the College not qualified for associateship under the previous provisions of this Byelaw. Associates may attend general meetings of the Faculty, but shall not be entitled to vote.

General Meetings

  1.  
    1. [Subject to the provisions of paragraph (2),] the Annual General Meeting of the Faculty shall be held once in each Faculty year (defined for this purpose as running from 1 November in one year to the next following 30 October) on a date and time decided by the Board. Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be sent to all members and associates of the Faculty not less than 21 clear days before the meeting.
    2. The Board may, not less than 28 days before the date on which an Annual General Meeting of the Faculty is due to be held, resolve to dispense with the Annual General Meeting if it appears unlikely that a quorum will be obtained or that there are other good reasons for doings. Notice of the fact that the Annual General Meeting has been dispensed with shall be sent to all members and associates not less than 14 days before the date on which the Annual General Meeting would have been held. Where the Board has dispensed with the Annual General Meeting, the Board may take such decisions as could have been taken by the Annual General Meeting, and the provisions of these Byelaws shall apply as necessary.
  2. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall beL
    1. To approve the minutes of the previous general meeting;
    2. To receive the results of elections to the Board;
    3. To receive the Annual Report of the Board;
    4. To approve the Accounts of the Board for the preceding financial year
      to 31 March;
    5. Members’ motions; and
    6. Such other business as the Chair may allow.
  3. Any 10 members of the Faculty may by requisition to the Chair or Honorary Secretary demand that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of the Faculty be convened, on not less than 28 days’ notice, for the purpose of considering any motion set out in the requisition.
  4. The quorum of general meetings of the Faculty shall be six (6). If within 15 minutes of the time appointed for the beginning of the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be abandoned and, in the case of an Annual General Meeting, the Board may take such decisions as could have been reached by that meeting as if the meeting had been dispensed with under Bye Law 8 of these Byelaws.
  5. The Provost or other officer designated by the Board shall chair all general meetings of the Faculty. In the absence of both the Provost and the designated officer, any other officer designated by the Board to do so shall preside. In the absence of the Provost and any officer designated to preside, the members present at the meeting shall elect one of their number to chair the meeting.
  6. The rules of debate at general meetings of the Faculty shall, subject to the discretion of the Chair of the meeting, be those applicable to general meetings of the College, with the necessary adaptations.
  7. All questions at general meetings of the Faculty shall be decided by a majority of the members present and voting, and the Chair of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote, regardless of whether he or she has already voted.

Officers of the Faculty

  1. The officers of the Faculty shall be a Provost, Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer and such other officers as the Board shall decide from time to time. The term of office of the officers shall be:
    1. Provost: Two years in succession but this may be extended to three years
      in exceptional circumstances, as determined by the Faculty Board.
    2. Chair: Three years.
    3. Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary: Shall be eligible for re-appointment annually
  2. The Chair and Honorary Treasurer of the Board shall be elected by the members of the Faculty, in such manner as the Board shall decide, and every member shall be entitled to vote. No election need take place if only one candidate is duly nominated for any particular vacancy. If a system of single transferable voting is adopted, it shall be carried out in accordance with the procedures advised by the Electoral Reform Society. [Insert provisions for appointment or election of other officers.]

Faculty Board

  1. The management of the affairs of the Faculty shall be vested in a Faculty Board (referred to as “the Board” in these Byelaws), which is empowered, subject to the provisions of the Charter, Ordinances and Byelaws of the College and any directions of the Council, to act on behalf of the College and the Faculty. The Board may regulate its own procedure, subject as previously stated.
  2. The members of the Board shall be the Provost, Chair, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, the Faculty Council Representatives and such other officers and other members, as directed by the members of the Faculty in general meeting. The board may include co-opted members who are not members of the Faculty or of the College.
  3. The Board may appoint such committees or sub-committees for such purposes as it thinks fit.
  4. The Board and any of its committees or sub-committees may if the Chair of the body concerned agrees meet wholly or partly by telephone or video conference, provided all members have been sent the papers for the meeting (including by electronic means). The quorum for meetings of the Board shall be 6.

Faculty representative(s) on College Council

  1. The Board shall be responsible for nominating the Faculty representative(s) on the College Council.

Accounts and financial arrangements

  1. The Honorary Treasurer of the Faculty shall be responsible for drawing up the Accounts of the Faculty for the previous 12 months to 31 March, including a balance sheet and profit and loss account. The Accounts as so drawn up shall be sent to the Honorary Treasurer of the College, for inclusion in the Annual Financial Report of the College.
  2. The banking accounts of the Faculty shall be held at the Investec Bank and Lloyds TSB, or such other Bank as the Board may from time to time decide, subject to the approval of the Honorary Treasurer of the College. Appropriate procedures shall be put in place by the Board, subject to the approval of the Honorary Treasurer of the College, for signature of cheques.

Amendment, revocation or re-making of Byelaws

  1. These Byelaws may, subject to the approval of the College Council, be amended, revoked and re-made by resolution of the members of the Faculty in general meeting, passed by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting.

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