North East England

14 November 2018

Lily LambWelcome to the North East England Faculty's blog where you can read all our latest news.

We've had a busy few months at RCGP North East, our free monthly lecture series is up and running again at Newcastle Medical School with really important topics including surviving opioid management, ophthalmology and personality disorder. A big thank you to our AiT Lead Charlotte Ratcliffe for organizing these fantastic events.

We now have a First5 lead in post, Eugene Tang. Eugene is an academic GP working in both research and as a salaried GP. He has been working alongside the team to develop our extended evening lectures, to speak at the training scheme and at other local events promoting primary care. He has also supported the Newcastle University GP Society with getting going after a several year hiatus, and both Eugene and I spoke at their first event which was a really well attended and positive evening discussing portfolio careers.

We have had some great educational events, our joint injections course was a huge success, as was our gastroenterology and hepatology symposium which was packed full of State of the Art lectures delivered by our colleagues in secondary care at the Freeman Institute of Transplantation. Our 6 week baby check course was also very well received and those I have spoken too who attended rated it very highly and saw it as an essential update for anyone carrying out these checks.

We have a new Fellow Mike Guy, many congratulations Mike. Find out more about Fellowship and how to go about nominating yourself or someone else.

We were shortlisted for a vibrant faculty award at the RCGP Conference, sadly we didn't get the award but we were very proud that our work was recognized.

I've continued to speak regularly on BBC Newcastle about health related topics such as meningitis, menopause and doctor's letters and it's always a pleasure to be invited to chat to Alfie and Anna on their breakfast show! I've also spoken on Radio 4 on their Today programme about the importance of the MMR vaccine. It's great to be able to provide a voice for GPs in the North East of England and to be able to share some really important public health messages.

We've got some more exciting events coming up, we were thrilled to have Professor Pali Hungin delivering our Andrew Smith lecture this month, we have a full day dermatology course in association with PCDS and a very appropriate 'Building resilience, reducing stress' course and Men's Health.

Finally put the 16 May 2019 in your diaries, GP Reimagined is returning and it's going to be bigger and better than ever before. Lined up to speak is:

  • Helen Stokes- Lampard
  • Mike Holmes
  • Ali Parsa
  • Roy Lilley
  • Ishiani Patel 

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date. Our twitter handles are RCGP North East and RCGP First5 North East

Best Wishes

Dr Lily Lamb
Communications Lead, North East Faculty

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