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 support around 1816 Members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in:

  • Cambridge
  • Peterborough
  • Huntingdon
  • Norwich
  • King's Lynn
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Ipswich
  • Great Yarmouth

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 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. 

Faculty Board Meeting Dates 2021 (held via online Zoom)

  • 11 February 2021
  • 10 June 2021
  • 16 September 2021 (combined with AGM)
  • 11 November 2021

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • District reps for Huntingdon, Bury St Edmunds and King's Lynn
  • First5 Lead for Norfolk
  • First5 Lead for Suffolk

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 

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Claire Giles

 Dr Claire Giles, Faculty Chair

Dr Mark Sanderson

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

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

2021 Practice Team Awards - Further details to follow


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

Carole Brown Memorial Award 2021 - £2000

This Award is in memory of an outstanding GP Carole Brown, who was a 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.  Any topic in the above fields relevant to patient care and of sufficient merit in the opinion of the Faculty will be eligible to receive support from the fund.  Applications may be made by an individual GP or by a group in primary or community care which includes a general practitioner.

Please contact the Faculty for further details and nomination form.

John Stevens Biennial Award 2021 - £2000

Are you a GP who has recently passed MRCGP or MAP and do you have a project you wish to pursue but do not have the time or funding? Then the John Stevens Award may be of interest to you. 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 £2000 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 the Faculty for further details and application form.


“Who? Me? A Fellow of RCGP???”

Yes! Is the short answer. While many have seen Fellowship of the RCGP as a title identified with a distant elite of senior academic status, this is definitely NOT the modern model or intention. 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!

Too often, GPs underrate their own achievements – and this is also influenced by gender and cultural backgrounds, with very different application rates from different communities. But support from colleagues can really make a difference – so please have a look, and a think about who you could encourage to apply. You will all have different networks – whether as appraisers and educators, or in service development settings such as the PCNs and CCGs, please think actively about GPs who you respect, and discuss FRCGP with them.

You can find out all the details at https://www.rcgp.org.uk/about-us/membership/existing-members/rcgp-fellowship.aspx . The Faculty Fellowship Committee is here to help you, so please let us know if you have questions. And let’s aim for 100% of our eligible members moving to FRCGP over the next few years – they deserve it!
Thank you Amanda Howe (Past Provost and current RCGP President) and Mark Sanderson (Provost and Chair FFC).


In the past 12 months we have welcomed 4 new Fellows

  • Ayesha Tu Zahra
  • Helen Little
  • Stella Lowry
  • Majid Akram

Faculty Events

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 Arthur Hibble

Contact via Faculty Office

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
E: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00, Monday/Tuesday, 08:00 to 16:30 Wednesday/Thursday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Annemarie McCarty.

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