Thames Valley Faculty
A warm welcome from Thames Valley Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, supporting around 2200 Members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training. As a Faculty, we have a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of education courses, all tailored to local needs.
The Faculty is committed to supporting your professional development and wellbeing through engagement, networking and social events run across the calendar year. Many of these are offered to members free of charge. All our events can be found by searching our courses and events.
Next board meeting
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 the College Council. All members of the Faculty are invited to attend Board meetings - please contact us for more information and to express interest in attending.
Local training and development
Faculty Education Lead - Dr Lee Aye
Our Education Lead, Lee, is a GP Training Programme Director for Buckinghamshire VTS, with a record of achievement in planning, delivering and maintaining standards in an educational programme. He is an active member of his practice education team, with a record of innovation and identifying new opportunities. Your ideas on educational activities within Thames Valley Faculty will be very welcome, and you can contact Dr Lee Aye.
We are organising our programme of evening First5 EASE (Educational and Support Evenings) events for groups in Oxford, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire which are free of charge to members. See our events page for information on our next evening educational event. For regular updates, see our First5 Facebook page. Our local First5s also communicate via a WhatsApp group. Get in touch if you would like to be included.
If you are interested in setting up a CPD group in another area of the Faculty we’d be happy to provide advice and support - please contact the Faculty Office.
Work Experience Programme
How do we promote our rich and varied profession to school students - particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and other under-represented groups? This has been the question considered recently by the Thames Valley Faculty Board who, in collaboration with the Student Engagement Officers at central College, have developed a plan to encourage young people locally to think about medicine and specifically, general practice as a career. Dr Ian Wood, our Honorary Treasurer and one of our First5 reps, has worked hard to draw up a plan of action. Our first successful pilot programme, run in February 2020, saw eight Year 12 students from some of the most deprived areas of Oxford paired with local practices for a week's work experience followed by a tailored workshop run by the Faculty. If you or your Practice would like to get involved, do get in touch.
Meet your faculty
- Dr John Rawlinson - Chair
- Dr Peter Burke - Vice Chair
- Dr James Kennedy - Provost and Fellowship Committee Chair
- Dr Luke Allen - Honorary Treasurer
- Dr Salaman Waqar - Education Lead
- Dr Shamila Wanninayake - Council Representative
- Dr Diptasri Sen - Honorary Secretary
- Dr Helen Crawley - International Lead
- Dr Ann Howard – Later Career and Retired Members Lead
- Dr Angela Wilson - Climate and Sustainability Rep
- Dr Oluwatoyo Adenjii - EDI Rep
RCGP Thames Valley Faculty
30 Euston Square
Telephone: 07342 998750
Office opening hours: 09:00 - 15:00, Monday to Thursday.
Your local Faculty Administrator is Nicola Husbands.