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 support around 1863 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training, in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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.

Latest Faculty updates

Sustainability and Climate Change

March 2022

The RCGP East Anglia recognise that the climate emergency is a health emergency and acknowledge our responsibility to contribute to society’s collective response to this. As a Faculty we want this declaration to have an impact so have decided to put our money where our mouth is and invest in this issue.

In 2021-22 we are taking action by:

  • Funding places on the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Sustainable Primary Care Course
  • Running funded webinars for GP partners on decarbonising GP practices (dates to follow)
  • Establishing a prize for East Anglia Green Practice of the Year
  • By calling on the three NHS Integrated Care Systems in our area to make primary care a central part of ICS green plans, for each ICS to establish a lead for zero carbon primary care, and for a fair allocation of any funding for action to decarbonise the NHS to be spent in primary care.

Previous Correspondence to RCGP East Anglia Members on climate change:

International opportunities

March 2022

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.

RCGP International 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

Many international 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 include Medecins sans frontières, Merlin, and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). The BMA Humanitarian Fund supports humanitarian projects.

The East Anglia Faculty International Representatives are Dr Sonny Aung and Professor Arthur Hibble.

East Anglia Faculty Conference Bursary Scheme 2022

March 2022

The East Anglia Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners are pleased to be able to offer up to 6 bursaries of £299 (fully funded tickets) to attend the WONCA/RCGP Annual Conference being held in London from 28 June to 1 July 2022. This is open to all our First5 and AiT Members.

Application form (419 KB, PDF)

Closing date: Monday 9 May 2022, 12pm

Get involved

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 learning and social events in East Anglia

Board meetings

We meet four times per year 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.

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 find out why this campaign is so important.

Local training and development

Sustainability and Climate Change

March 2022

Free Places on Sustainable Primary Care Course worth £200 per person

The course is delivered virtually by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and is centred on a half day online workshop. The course details can be found on the Sustainable Health Care website. If you would like to apply, please state the ICS area you are currently working in, and send a current CV including a paragraph stating why you would like one of the free places to eanglia@rcgp.org.uk.

Course: Friday 8 July 2022 (9am-1pm) - Deadline for applications Tuesday 31 May 2022

First5 activity in our area

March 2022

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.


March 2022

Our Faculty has always worked hard to encourage people to put themselves and others forward for FRCGP, and the RCGP has recently relaunched an updated process which is open to any member in good standing who has been MRCGP for five years, completed their first revalidation cycle, and can show their contribution to the profession. We welcome GPs with special interests, leadership roles, innovators and educators – but no additional career achievements are necessary. The core commitment to patients and delivery of high quality GP care over a sustained period is enough to deserve recognition! See the fellowship page or contact us for more information.

Awards and prizes

We host an annual awards evening to celebrate and recognise innovation and excellence in general practice across our area.

Climate Action Award

March 2022

The RCGP East Anglia Faculty would like to present an award with a prize of £200 to a GP Practice in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Peterborough who has made changes to reduce its environmental impact and improve sustainability. If you would like to get more involved please feel free to contact Dr James Smith, Sustainability Lead for East Anglia Faculty.

Climate Action Award Flyer (235 KB, PDF)

Closing date has been extended to Friday 29 July 2022 as we would like to award the prize at the Faculty’s AGM in the autumn.

Practice Team Awards

March 2022

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 Awards process is overseen by a panel of judges made up of members of the RCGP East Anglia Faculty Board. Awards are available in the following categories: GP; Practice Nurse; Practice Manager and Practice Team.

Carole Brown Memorial Award 2021 - £2,000

March 2022

This Award is in memory of Carole Brown, who was an outstanding GP in our Faculty with great gifts of leadership. Awards will be made to support outstanding, new initiatives or activities in the fields of family planning, reproductive and older women’s health within the area of the Faculty. These may be of an educational, or a research or a developmental nature relating to general practice, primary care or the aims and objectives of the Faculty. Applications may be made by an individual GP or by a group in primary or community care which includes a general practitioner. Please contact us for further details and nomination form.

John Stevens Biennial Award 2021 - £2,000

March 2022

The John Stevens Award will support a General Practitioner who has gained their MRCGP (and MAP) in the past 5 years to pursue any project that is in keeping with the aims of the RCGP. This award is worth up to £2,000 and is available to a GP who is working in general practice as a principal or non-principal in the geographical area covered by the East Anglia Faculty (Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire). Please contact us for further details and an application form.

Meet your faculty


Who we are

Faculty Officers

Dr Claire Giles, Faculty Chair

Dr Mark Sanderson, Provost

  • Dr Ike Nnene - Vice-Chair
  • Dr Samita Mukhopadhyay - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Alice Cozens - Honorary Treasurer and Faculty Council Representative
  • Dr Lucy Henshall - Nationally elected Council Representative
  • Dr Ginika Ilechukwu - Nationally elected Council Representative
  • Dr Emily Player - Education Lead
  • Dr Sonny Aung - Joint International Lead
  • Professor Arthur Hibble - Joint International Lead
  • Dr Muddasar Ahmed - First5 Lead
  • Dr Alice Cozens - Communications Lead and Deputy Council Representative
  • Dr Tatyana Lapa - AiT Lead
  • Dr Jonny Maw - AiT Lead
  • Shu Hui Leow - GP Society Lead Cambridge
  • Virginia Alessandrini - 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 Mark Attah - Board Member
  • Dr Gary Howsam - Board Member
  • Dr Fiona Leckie - Board Member
  • Dr Samir Pai - Ipswich District Representative
  • Vacant - Bury St Edmunds District Representative
  • Dr Katie Keller - Cambridge District Representative
  • Dr Sue Barrow - Peterborough District Representative
  • Vacant - King's Lynn District Representative
  • Dr Ardyn Ross - Great Yarmouth District Representative
  • Vacant - Huntingdon District Representative
  • Dr Seye Benedict - Norwich District Representative

10 Core Roles for Faculties (approved by Council November 2013)

Contact us

Telephone: 020 3188 7693
Email: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Office opening hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday and Tuesday. 8am to 4.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is Annemarie McCarty.

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