East Anglia Faculty

Welcome from East Anglia Faculty

A warm welcome from East Anglia Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Norwich, King's Lynn, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth, supporting around 1816 RCGP members and their peers. As a Faculty, we have a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a wide range of educational courses, tailored to local needs. We host an annual awards evening to celebrate and recognise innovation and excellence in general practice across our area.

Get involved

We meet four times per year in February, June, September and November to progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to the College Council.  All local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions - we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme.  

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Vice-Chair
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • District reps for Huntingdon, Norwich and Great Yarmouth

If you are interested in these positions and would like further information, please contact the Faculty Office.

Upcoming events

We run many education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development.

View all upcoming learning and social events in East Anglia

Our blog

Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers


 Dr Mark Attah, Faculty Chair

Dr Mark Sanderson

Dr Mark Sanderson, Provost

  • Vacant - Vice-Chair
  • Dr Samita Mukhopadhyay - Honorary Secretary
  • Vacant - Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Fiona Leckie - Education Lead & Council Representative
  • Dr Kevork Hopayian - Joint International Lead
  • Dr Sonny Aung - Joint International Lead
  • Professor Arthur Hibble -  Joint International Lead    
  • Dr Hannah Lawan - First5 Lead Peterborough
  • Dr Alice Cozens - First5 Lead Cambridge & Deputy Council Representative
  • Dr Mike Wiltsher - First5 Lead Norwich
  • Dr Rebecca Ward - Joint AiT Lead
  • Dr Muddassar Ahmed - Joint AiT Lead
  • Tommy Sutton - GP Society Lead Cambridge
  • Clarissa Hjalmarson - GP Society Lead Cambridge
  • Dr Alisdair Macnair - School Outreach Lead
  • Dr Richard Marriott - Later Careers Lead
  • Dr James Smith - Sustainability Lead
  • Professor Simon Griffin - Professor of General Practice, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Amanda Howe - Professor of Primary Care, UEA
  • Dr Emma Hamilton - Board Member
  • Dr Gary Howsam - Board Member
  • Dr Samir Pai - Ipswich District Representative    
  • Dr Claire Giles - Bury St Edmunds District Representative
  • Dr Katie Keller - Cambridge District Representative
  • Dr Sue Barrow - Peterborough District Representative
  • Dr Richard Musson - King's Lynn District Representative
  • Vacant - Great Yarmouth District Representative
  • Vacant - Huntingdon District Representative
  • Vacant - Norwich District Representative

We support over 1816 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

First 5 Leads

First5 activity in our area

The Faculty are keen to continue to expand the First5 activities in our area including helping to facilitate peer support and networking across the region. We have already set up and started a series of interactive workshops for First5 GPs on topics particularly pertinent to a newly qualified GP. Finally we are hoping to improve links with the regional VTS schemes to further smoothen the transition from ST3 to qualified GP and improve the overall visibility of First5.

Faculty News

2020 Practice Team Awards******  Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 9 September 2020 at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket    ******


The Awards offer an opportunity for Primary Care teams to acknowledge their colleagues’ excellence and innovation and also for individuals to nominate themselves for an Award.

The award process

The Awards process is overseen by a panel of judges made up of members of the RCGP East Anglia Faculty Board.    The judges will be looking for documented evidence such as:

  • An outstanding contribution to Primary Care
  • Innovative ideas
  • Commendation by patients and colleagues
  • Work carried out beyond the call of duty
  • Details of personal qualities

Award categories

Awards are available in the following categories:
GP; Practice Nurse; Practice Manager and Practice Team

Please contact the Faculty Office for nomination forms.  Closing date is Friday 7 August 2020.

Future Faculty Board meetings

  • Wednesday 10 June 2020 - postponed at present
  • Wednesday 9 September 2020 (Faculty Board Away Day / AGM / Welcome New Members / Awards Ceremony)
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.


Don't be shy, its time to apply! Why you should become FRCGP

Fellowship of our college has come through many iterations to arrive in its current format. Now its pretty much where it should be.

So why should you think about Fellowship? Unlike other Colleges, we do not award Fellowship as a reward for time served. It is a real statement of excellence and one that all members should aim for. It says something about you and your practice for which you can be justifiably proud. Colleagues and patients recognize this excellence.

It is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular. Fellows should exemplify our motto “cum scienta caritas”.

Have you been a member for at least 5 years and are you justifiably proud of your contribution to general practice? Then its time to apply.

  • So what do you need to do next?
  • Why not talk to one of the Faculty Leads?
  • Find out what cum scienta caritas means!
  • Start to fill in the forms. Complete your application form and find a nominator to support this.

Write your application as a narrative, this makes it easier to write about yourself. Where possible, include information about the 6 achievement categories. These categories are clinical practice, patient-centred practice, leadership, teaching and education, innovation and creativity, and academic and research.

  • Don't worry if you can include only one category
  • Look out for a series of events throughout the year

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 5 new Fellows

  • Ian Duncan Gibson
  • Sebastian John Campbell Alexander
  • Elisabeth Hopman
  • Michael Redwood
  • Muriel Overy
  • Timothy Morton

Faculty Events (this year's RCGP Vibrant Faculty Award Winner for Bring Baby!)

RCGP East Anglia Faculty has a well-established social calendar to encourage members to get together. These include our Annual Symposium, AGM, Practice Team Awards and other events such as the AiT visits to 30 Euston Square, Careers Evenings and local district meetings. 

RCGP East Anglia Faculty are proud to deliver a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year. 

Details of forthcoming RCGP East Anglia Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. 

Faculty Initiatives

International Work: Opportunities and Resources for Working and Studying Abroad

There are many opportunities for different stages of your career, from training to nearing retirement, and for different interests or skills.

During GP training

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) permits a year out from training in the UK subject to approval from your training board. There may be funding for OOPE in some regions through a Global Health Fellowship:

  • Associates in training and First Fives
  • The Junior International Committee of RCGP Int provides information and support
  • The Vasco da Gama Movement is the junior network of WONCA Europe

RCGP International

RCGP Int supports the development of high quality family medicine around the world and offers a variety of opportunities for work and study

  • Placements/exchanges in Europe through the Erasmus programme
  • Regional projects specific to location e.g. Sierra Leone, Uganda, Myanmar and led by local partners e.g. VSO, local GP societies
  • Posts in accreditation and training services on behalf of RCGP International to foreign organisations such as health ministries or universities
  • Grants for self-directed projects: International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill awards to fund study of or development of health care abroad
  • International newsletter available online with updated opportunities

International NGOs

  • Many NGOs recruit to posts in difficult areas often combining clinical practice with local mentoring/teaching
  • They tend to require medium term commitment (6 months to a year)
  • Examples: Medecins sans frontières, Merlin, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  • Short to medium term and self-directed projects
  • The BMA Humanitarian Fund supports humanitarian projects
  • International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill awards from RCGP Int

East Anglia Faculty International Representatives

  • Dr Sonny Aung
  • Professor Kevork Hopayian
  • Professor Arthur Hibble

Contact via Faculty Office

Awards and Prizes

 Carole Brown Award

An award of up to £2000 is granted annually in memory of Dr Carole Brown, a GP with outstanding leadership skills. This is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding to follow a project that you may not have had the opportunity to pursue.

Contact the Faculty Office for nomination form.

East Anglia Faculty Conference Bursary Scheme

The East Anglia Faculty of the Royal College of GPs are pleased to be able to offer a trainee bursary of up to £500 to attend the RCGP Annual Conference.  

Contact the Faculty Office for further details.

RCGP National News

RCGP campaign to increase funding for general practice. The share of NHS resources for general practice is falling year on year. GPs struggle to provide quality care on an ever decreasing budget. 

Back our campaign to increase the share to general practice and fine out why this campaign is so important.

Contact us

RCGP East Anglia Faculty
Church Farm
Maris Lane

T: 020 3188 7693/7694
E: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00, Monday/Tuesday, 08:00 to 16:30 Wednesday/Thursday and 09:30 to 14:30 on Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Annemarie McCarty.
Your Events Administrator is Keri Platt.

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