09 September 2019

Professor Veronica Wilkie, Midland Faculty
Welcome to the latest issue of Midland Faculty's blog, bringing you all the latest news and developments from your Faculty.

We held our AGM on 13 June 2019 at Edgbaston Golf Club and this was immediately followed by our annual awards evening and dinner. We were delighted to have Helen Stokes Lampard as our guest of honour. The evening was a great success particularly as we now have a full complement of District Representatives on Midland Faculty Board. 

Future meeting dates are:

  • 3rd meeting 2019/20 – Thursday 14 November 2019, Hallmark Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham
  • 4th meeting 2019/20 – Thursday 6 February 2020, Hallmark Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham

We are always delighted to welcome observers, particularly medical students and foundation doctors. Please contact midland@rcgp.org.uk for further information. 

We are delighted to have Dr Alex Lee and Dr Deepika Yadav on board as our College Tutors. Alex covers the central Midlands area and Deepika the south. We are currently looking to recruit a third College Tutor to cover the north of the region. They will represent Midland Faculty at AGPEC and other HEE meetings as well as take forward the education programme for the region. 

In June, we held two Yoga for GP sessions which were well-received and are the first of a series of planned well-being events. We held our second retirement event, Your Ticket for a Happy Retirement, which is aimed at GPs planning to retire in the next five years. We also held the Leavers' Conference which, as ever, was a very popular and well attended event. In conjunction with BMA, we held a careers fayre which went well; we will take forward feedback to our next careers fayre. We also held a joint injection course which was fully booked as is our next minor surgery course in September. In June and July, we continued to hold our regular update courses; topics covered were Paediatric asthma/allergy, Haematology and Orthopaedic update: foot and knee.

Looking forwards to September and October, we will continue to hold our regular update course and will cover Chest Pain Assessment and Ophthalmology. The second course in our well-being programme will be Reducing Stress in the Consultation and we will hold a Welcome for First 5 Evening.  Our ever-popular CSA course is already fully booked. Please keep checking our website for updates on our courses and events.

The faculty is keen to encourage fellowship to recognise the efforts of our members. We want fellowship to reward both 'grassroots' members who concentrate on providing excellent patient care in their practices and members who have made significant contributions in other areas for example, in education, service development and research.

Fellowship nominations are welcome for consideration by the Faculty Fellowship Committee - please submit applications online. For further information, please visit the Fellowship page or contact Barbara Ingram at bingram@rcgp.org.uk

Please can I ask you all to go to the Midland Faculty Facebook page and like and follow us so we can spread the word about our events? 

Dr Veronica Wilkie
Chair, Midland Faculty

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