Essex Blog

23 September 2019

Babafemi Salako. Essex Chair

As days are starting to get shorter, mornings darker, surgeries busier with the usual seasonal increase in our workload, it is hard to believe that 2019 is nearing its end. Time flies ….

The Essex Faculty hosted a very successful AGM on 12 June 2019 with more than 50 delegates in attendance. As a matter of fact, we had to ask the venue catering staff to start cooking more food.

I would like to thank Professor Mayur Lakhani the then President of the RCGP for his very interesting insight into the past and the future of general practice. I was particularly fascinated by the possibilities technology can bring to medicine and how "Jarvis" (artificial intelligence program) will interact between patients and primary care providers.

Another highlight of the evening was the Awards given to some of our GP colleagues for their contributions to the development of healthcare. We took this opportunity to also recognise the work of two retired non-member GPs for services to general practice. The appreciation from these retired colleagues was great to see and uplifting. Last but not least, we awarded a prize for our photographic competition, congratulated our new fellowship recipients and recognised colleagues who participated in the RCGP Parkrun initiative.

I am pleased to report that our new Executive board was adopted and we welcomed our new provost Dr Ruth Marshall to the Board. Dr Marshall replaces Dr Alistair Moulds who has been a very valued member of the Executive Board over the past years and on behalf of the Faculty I would like to thank him for his service and unique contributions which have helped immensely in the daily business of the Faculty. He has been a critical friend, not shy of giving advice and keeping us grounded. I will miss his anecdotes about general practice in the "80s, 90s and knotties".

Dr Marshall has been a GP and trainer for over 30 years and with her help and guidance we will surely see the Faculty leap forward in bounds.

As you will know, your Faculty has been able to carry out various educational events – all very successful - with more to come during the rest of the year, including minor surgery course, joint injection course and a diabetic course soon to be confirmed.

Financially we are in good shape and have maintained a surplus.

Fellowship numbers are slowly increasing. Whilst this is encouraging it is important that we spread the word and get more Colleagues to apply for fellowship.

Your faculty is active on social media. Please like us on the platforms.

To conclude I want to thank our hard working Faculty Administrator, Myriem Ashford for her continued support to the Faculty and its members. Her loyalty and commitment has made a huge difference to the success of the Faculty.

And now for your diaries - Our next faculty board meeting is on 19 November 2019 at the Medical school, Anglia Ruskin University at 7.45 pm and we hope to see you at the next board meeting.

Dr Babafemi Salako

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