11 June 2018

Dr Rachael Marchant, RCGP Regional Ambassador and First5 LeadWelcome to the Essex Faculty's blog where you can read all our latest news.

Reflecting on 2017, Essex Faculty had a good year of progress but there is more to be done. We go into 2018 with a strong and enthusiastic Faculty Board who are determined to keep improving what's on offer to GPs in Essex.

To do this, we do rely on members to actively engage and tell us what we need to provide so if you have an idea for an educational/social or networking event, please do get in touch.

We already have some few exciting events in and around Essex planned for 2018. This includes a minor surgery courses on 19 July and 14 September and of course the Faculty Annual General Meeting on 19 June.

The AGM is a great evening in the Faculty calendar and has been increasingly well attended over the past few years. This year it is being held in Chelmsford and we have the privilege of being joined by the current RCGP Chair Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard who never fails to deliver a thought-provoking speech. This event is free to members and dinner will be provided.

The Faculty Board recognise that it's beneficial to our members to work with other organisations supporting general practice and we are happy to attend and support events which benefit our members. If you are running such an event and would like the Faculty to attend with a stand or to contribute in some way please do contact us.

Finally, I realise that while general practice is under many challenges at the moment, we are all working hard just to provide safe effective care for our patients. In this climate, it is increasingly difficult for GPs to find the time to engage with the Faculty.

In 2018 though do try to find the time to come to one of our events or meetings, you will find a warm welcome and a group of other GPs who understand the challenges but also who continue to be enthusiastic about the job we do. This contact with different colleagues can be a refreshing change and we in the Faculty Board find that it improves our outlook on the day job.

Dr Rachael Marchant
RCGP Regional Ambassador and First5 Lead

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