Beds and Herts Blog

15 July 2019

Welcome to the latest issue of your Beds and Herts' Faculty, bringing you the latest news and developments from our Faculty and Central College.

You are cordially invited at our Provost Dinner your Faculty's biggest annual event that will take place on Wednesday 11 September at Putteridge Bury Conference Centre.

Not only will we celebrate new members and fellows, but we will also acknowledge primary care teams for their impeccable work they do in the community and we will award the highest scoring GPST for passing their CCT.

This is the time to commend your practice team or your colleagues for an award and recognise their hard work and their contribution to the General Practice. Contact the Faculty office to get the nomination forms.

In Beds and Herts Faculty, we have recently increased our focus on First5 GPs as we identified that one of the greatest challenges for GPs is the shift from VTS to being a fully qualified GPs. Not only are there difficulties related to being independent clinically and having less opportunity to ask for second opinions or advice from experienced GP trainers, but there are also non-clinical challenges relating to workload, career choices, and administration. This has led to the national recognition of 'First5' GPs as being a distinct group who have unique issues and educational needs.

In Beds and Herts, we have successfully established a local support group in recent months. We have met on a number of occasions and have combined social networking with informal and relaxed education sessions about specific topics of great relevance for the group, including personal wellbeing, preparing for appraisal, and financial management and planning.

In the next two months, we are going out to meet GP trainees across all the training schemes in the area. We hope this will help to engage and motivate the next generation of First5 GPs to stay in Beds and Herts, engage with the college First5 group, and contribute to a thriving and supportive community of professionals. 

If you'd like to find out more information about how to get involved, please do get in touch the Faculty Office on 020 3188 7402. You may also like to get updates about our First5 activity and future meetings by joining our What's up group and by following us on TwitterTo find out more on how to become a member of our What's up group, please contact our Faculty Administrator at or call us on 020 3188 7402.
This year we have a full programme of education opportunities coming up, some of them are free for our members. View the full list of courses and to register. 

Just a reminder if you're not already following us on social media, please go on our Facebook and Twitter pages and like and share our posts.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at our events during the year.

With best wishes

Dr Elsa Charles
First5 Lead, Beds and Herts Faculty

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