Midland Faculty

Welcome from Midland Faculty

We support over 4000 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Hereford, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester. We are proud to be the designated faculty supporting military GPs applying for Fellowship, many of whom are stationed abroad and don't have a 'home' faculty. We rely on our members to play an active role to promote the College's aims and objectives. We develop initiatives to support demographic issues and the needs of GPs and patients alike. We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to become involved with the Faculty.

Get involved

We hold our annual general meeting and first Board Meeting in May of each year. We then hold our regular Board meetings in July, September, November and February. All local members are welcome to attend and we especially welcome students and foundation doctors to attend as observers.

Board meeting dates for 2018/19:

  • Thursday 15 November at Strathallan Hotel
  • Thursday 7 February 2019 at Strathallan Hotel

Upcoming events

We organise many educational events from monthly CPD evenings to CSA preparation courses.

View details of this and all other Midland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses.

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

Professor Veronica Wilkie, Midland FacultyProfessor Veronica Wilkie, Chair

Dr Stephen KellyDr Stephen Kelly. Provost


Faculty Board Officers

  • Brig Robin Simpson - Vice Chair
  • Dr John Cosgrove - Hon Treasurer
  • Dr Jamie Hynes - Hon Secretary
  • Dr Samuel Finnikin - Hon Secretary
  • Dr Stephen (Bill) Strange - Education Convener

Faculty Board members 

  • Dr Helen Stokes Lampard
  • Dr Sapna Agrawal
  • Dr Emma Parry
  • Professor Steve Field
  • Dr Dominic Horne
  • Dr Jamie Hynes
  • Dr Neil Broome
  • Dr Jonathan Leach
  • Dr Alex Lee
  • Dr Mary McCarthy
  • Dr Alistair Moffat
  • Dr Shahid Merali
  • Dr Archana Anandaram
  • Dr Heather Ryan
  • Dr David Rapley
  • Dr Krishnaveni Sivakumar
  • Dr Pamela Smith
  • Dr Parin Solanki
  • Dr Athmaja Murali
  • Dr Ryan Prince
  • Dr Anwar Tufail

Military Veterans Accreditation Pilot

There are around 2.6 million veterans in Great Britain of whom 52% are 75 years or older. In addition, 18,000 service people move back into civilian life every year, including 2,000 who leave on medical grounds. However, there is evidence that veterans are not always aware of the dedicated health services available to them and GPs are unsure of how many veterans are registered with their practices and need more guidance on how to meet the health needs of this patient group. In line with this, there is a need to improve the identification and coding of military veterans in GP computer systems, with a linked aim of further increasing the understanding of the health needs of veterans amongst clinical and administrative staff.

To help address this and improve the treatment and care of veterans, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Midland Faculty and NHS England have launched a pilot to encourage GP practices in the West Midlands to become a veteran friendly accredited practice. The scheme is voluntary and requires interested practices to meet specified criteria and provide evidence that they are supportive of veterans' healthcare. As part of this, practices need to identify and flag veterans on their GP computer system and have a lead for veterans’ issues within the surgery. This individual lead is required to undertake dedicated training, attend NHS England hosted armed forces network meetings, stay up to date with the latest research and innovations and ensure that the practice is meeting the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant

Being accredited means that a practice can better identify and treat veterans, ensuring they get access to dedicated care where appropriate and improved epidemiological data can be captured to improve future health provision.

Accredited practices are provided with a suite of material to help increase their understanding of healthcare for veterans and to promote accreditation. This includes a certificate and poster for display in waiting room / patient areas, a top tips healthcare leaflet for veterans and a GP top tips leaflet for armed forces healthcare.

To date, 90 practices have signed up out of a possible 800 with efforts continuing to encourage more practices to become accredited. There are also plans to roll the pilot out elsewhere across the country, with interest already received from Wessex and Catterick.

If you are interested in being accredited or would like further information, please contact Ruth Bishop at ruth.bishop@rcgp.org.uk.  

Faculty Events

Message from Dr Bill Strange, Midland Faculty Education Convenor - Midland Faculty Monthly Educational Meetings

I am delighted that these monthly Wednesday evening meetings are proving so popular. We have now a permanent regular venue at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce , there is free ample parking. The evening starts with a light sandwich supper at 18:00 with the meeting starting at 19:00 and finishing at 21:00. The format of the meetings is usually two specialist speakers (each with a one hour slot) and they are briefed to try and make their content general practice focused and to allow for an interactive presentation. The Midland faculty provides appropriate certification for two hours of CPD points. A key development has been the ability to define the programme for the whole year. To book onto an event you do so via the main RCGP website but you do not need to be a member to attend and indeed we are happy for nursing and other clinical staff to attend if they so wish. We aim to open booking for events 12 weeks in advance.

Other courses and Events 

We organise a large number of educational events covering various clinical topics such as joint injections and minor surgery as well as clinical skills. Details of forthcoming Midland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box below.

Faculty Initiatives

Awards and prizes

The faculty organises the following awards and prizes for presentation at the annual Faculty Awards Evening:

  • The Annual Robin Steel Vocational Training Award
  • The Professor Elizabeth Hughes Award for the contribution made to GP training from a secondary care consultant
  • The Michael Drury Award for non-GP contributors to General Practice Education
  • The Clare Boothroyd Memorial Award for excellence in General Practice
  • The Dr Martin Wilkinson Award for Innovation
  • 3 AiT Awards
  • 4 Quality in General Practice Awards

Please contact midland@rcgp.org.uk for more information

Support to AiTs

We have appointed an AiT training lead to develop services and representation for AiTs. If you have any suggestions for development please contact Dr Sapna Agrawal sapna.agrawal@nhs.net 

Regular GP Trainee meetings are held for local trainees to discuss any issues or problems they may be facing. Please contact us for meeting dates.

Contact us

RCGP Midland Faculty
Birmingham Research Park
97 Vincent Drive
B15 2SQ

T: 0203 188 7683 / 7684
E: midland@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours 08.15-15:30, Monday to Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Bianca O'Mahoney.
Your Education Administrator is Barbara Ingram.
Your Events Administrator is Ruth Bishop.

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